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About the Chippewa

The Chippewa National Forest, located in the heart of northern Minnesota, is a celebration of seasons, culture and environment.

The Chippewa National Forest is the first National Forest established east of the Mississippi River in 1908 and is the home to more lakes and wetlands than any other National Forest. The forest was originally known as the Minnesota National Forest. The name was changed in 1928 to honor the original inhabitants. Today, the Forest and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe share goals and offer visitors a chance to experience Anishinabe culture and learn about the past from prehistory to early, logging-era and Civilian Conservation Corps days. Learn more about the forest.


OHV Information

2019 OHV Motor Vehicle Use Maps and Policy

Active Timber Sales

Timber sales that the forest is currently accepting bids for.

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Wildlife Forever Pollinator Restoration Project

Bee on a flower

Scattered throughout the Chippewa National Forest (CNF) are an abundance of naturally occurring permanent openings.

Rice River Bridge Rehabilitation Project

In-progress photo of the Rice River Bridge rehab project.

The Rice River Bridge on Forest Road 2182 is receiving some maintenance and upgrades this summer. 


Joyce Estate Culvert Replacement Project

Joyce Estate culvert replacement.

As you hike the Trout Lake Trail to Joyce Estate you cross a stream flowing from Upper and Lower Spring Lakes to Trout Lake. 

North Country Trail Beaver Dam Project

Three Forest Service employees remove a beaver dam.

Nearly extirpated from Minnesota by 1900 due to over-harvest, beaver populations have rebounded, and they now occur in every county across the State. 

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