A road surround by trees during the fall.

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The Chippewa National Forest offers recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities. Find your favorite activity and see what the Forest has to offer. 

Snow Points  Winter Bingo  Snowmobiling  Snowshoeing  Fishing Night Sky


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Bimijiwan (formerly Knutson Dam) recreation area Closed Closed One gate at Bimijiwan was closed today. There are currently 2 gates closed / 0 open. The Cass Lake level today is 1302.22 and the estimated outflow is 511 CFS.
Camp Rabideau Trail Closed Closed For tours: Call 218-835-4291
Cass Lake Campground Loop Closed Closed Back country camping. Carry in access only
Chippewa Campground Loop Closed Closed
Deer Lake Campground Open Open Address: 59829 Eagle Nest Road Deer River, MN
East Seelye Bay Campground Closed Closed Address: 58987 Eagle Nest Road Deer River, MN
Joyce Estate Open Open
Lost 40 Open Open There is something about walking among this old growth Forest in the winter that makes the Lost 40 trail a favorite ungroomed hiking or snowshoe trail. Many people visit in the summer, but just a hardy few trek to the north central edge of the Forest to visit in winter. Get out there and enjoy this short beautiful trail!
Mosomo Point Campground Closed Closed | Reservations- Address: 45033 State Highway 46 Deer River, MN 56636
Noma Lake Campground Open Open Dispersed Camping - No Reservations, no fee, no water available. Vault Toilet will be open. - Address: 52681 County Road 31 Wirt, MN
North Star Campground Closed Closed - No Reservations- Address: 46891 State Highway 38 Marcell, MN
Norway Beach Boat Access Open Open
Norway Beach Campground Loop Closed Closed - Reservations - Address: 15899 Norway Beach RD SW Cass Lake, MN
Norway Beach Interpretive Trail Closed Closed
Norway Beach Picnic Shelter Open Open
Norway Beach Recreation Area Open Open
Norway Beach Swimming Area Closed Closed
Norway Beach Visitor Information Center Closed Closed
O-Ne-Gum-E Campground Open Open
South Pike Bay Boat Area Open Open
South Pike Bay Campground Closed Closed
Stony Point Campground Closed Closed
Wanaki Campground Loop Closed Closed Reservations - Address: 16089 Norway Beach SW Cass Lake, MN
Webster Lake Campground Open Open Address: 13928 Webster Camp Road NE Blackduck, MN


Norway Beach Visitor Information Center

Norway Beach Visitor Center

This historic building is a hub of activity! Weekly summer naturalist program range from wildflower hikes to discovering water critters and even a loon calling contest. Outdoor related arts and crafts programs and Smokey Bear's Birthday are not to be missed.  Often visitors just stroll through the building enjoying the Civilian Conservation Corps construction and to admire the stone fireplace and read the "Story in Stone"!. 

North Country Trail

Segment of north country trail on the chippewa

The North Country Trail passes through the Chippewa National Forest as part of the larger North Country National Scenic Trail.  The trail travels over 4,700 miles from the Appalachian Trail in Vermont to Lake Sakakawea State Park, North Dakota. 

Within the Chippewa National Forest, the North Country Trail meanders through 61-miles of forested lake country.  White Pine forests and rivers overlook beckon travelers along this scenic route.  Discover old homesteads hidden in the "Woodtick Fields" and enjoy the cool waters of the many backcountry lakes.  Free maps and more information are available at

Following passage of the North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment legislation, additional miles Trail will be built within the Chippewa National Forest in the future north of Grand Rapids.

North Country Trail Flyer

Norway Beach Recreation Area

photo fo migizi bike trail in the fall

The Norway Beach Recreation Area is located four miles east of Cass Lake, Minnesota on U.S. Highway 2.  The recreation area offers camping sites located in four campground loops; Norway Beach, Chippewa, Wanaki and Cass Lake.  Interpretive trails, sandy beaches, a paved biking trail, boat ramps, a reservable picnic shelter and the Norway Beach Visitor Center are all nestled among red and white pines. There are also showers.  Electric sites in the Chippewa loop only. | There is NO dump station  Area Map