The Chippewa National Forest is located in northern Minnesota.
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WELCOME to the Chippewa National Forest

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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.


The view from the forest floor looking up at the trees above Six volunteers in front of the Cut Foot Sioux Information Center

The Lost 40

Experience the forest of yesteryear with 144 acres of unlogged old growth. Explore for yourself.


Learn how you can help play an important part in managing our national forest lands. See Opportunities.


Active Timber Sales

Timber sales that the forest is currently accepting bids for.

OHV Information

"2016" OHV Motor Vehicle Use Maps and Policy

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Firewood Restrictions

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CLOSURE ORDER bans the possession, storage, or transport of any firewood.  Don't move firewood!  Burn it where you buy ...

Fishing on the Chippewa

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The "2017" Fishing Opener is Saturday, May 13.
The 2017 Governor's fishing opener will take place on the Mississippi River near St. Cloud, Minnes...

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