Recreation

NEEDED:
Campground Host West Winnie Campground:
The #ChippewaNF is looking for a host that is available now until mid-September.

West Winnie (38003 N. Winnie Camp Lane, Pennington, MN): Semi-primitive site with no water hook-up or electricity. Winnie provides 35 campsites surrounded by red and white pine. Beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Winnibigoshish.
Contact Cole at: SM.FS.ChipNFpublic@usda.gov
 

 

Hiking

Trails and trailheads are open for hiking, unless in a closed campground area. 

Biking

Biking is open throughout the Forest, unless you are on a designated trail that passes through a closed campground area.

Fishing

Fishing is open throughout the Forest. Encourage fishing close to home allowing more time with your line in the water, which leads to more time to learn, which leads to catching more fish.

Boating

 Boating is open on the Forest. Ramps (unless within a closed campground) are open to provide fishing and lake access.

Campfires

Visitors are permitted to have campfires, use charcoal grills, and wood-burning camp stoves on Chippewa National Forest lands. Visitors are urged to use care with campfires and make sure they are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area.

The Chippewa National Forest no longer has firewood available in the forest campgrounds due to circumstances that include reduced staffing and constraints on the agency to sell such items. Visitors may acquire firewood from local vendors, resorts, grocery stores and gas stations before arriving at their destination. The Forest will post a list of potential locations for firewood purchase on forest bulletin boards. Campers are welcome to collect dead and down wood for campfires from the surrounding forest. Chainsaw use is not permitted in recreation sites. If you are outside the campground boundary and on the Chippewa National Forest a chainsaw can be used. No permit is needed if collecting firewood for campfire in the campground.

Driving

The Forest is open to the public, including forest roads identified on the motor vehicle use map open for scenic drives.

Camping

Can the public still make reservations through www.recreation.gov? YES

 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Camp Rabideau Trail Open to Visitor Visitors can now visit and walk around the camp, although the gate will remain closed. The public can park in the area right near the CCC Rock wall entrance, very close to where they would normally park and walk around the gate.  There will be no tours this summer, but there are interpretive panels near the picnic shelter that tell the story. The bathrooms will not be open.
Cass Lake Campground Loop Open to Visitor Opening 5/27/2021
Chippewa Campground Loop Open to Visitor Opening 5/27/21
Deer Lake Campground Open to Visitor Opening 5/6/2021. | Reservations- Address: 59829 Eagle Nest Road Deer River, MN
East Seelye Bay Campground Open to Visitor Opening 5/6/2021- Address: 58987 Eagle Nest Road Deer River, MN
Joyce Estate Open to Visitor
Lost 40 Open to Visitor 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 Open to Visitor Scheduled to open 5/6/2021. | Reservations- Address: 45033 State Highway 46 Deer River, MN 56636
Noma Lake Campground Open to Visitor Dispersed Camping - No Reservations, no fee, no water available. Vault Toilet will be open. - Address: 52681 County Road 31 Wirt, MN
North Star Campground Open to Visitor Opening 5/6/2021 - No Reservations- Address: 46891 State Highway 38 Marcell, MN
Norway Beach Boat Access Open to Visitor
Norway Beach Campground Loop Open to Visitor Opening 5/27/2021 - Reservations - Address: 15899 Norway Beach RD SW Cass Lake, MN
Norway Beach Interpretive Trail Open to Visitor
Norway Beach Picnic Shelter Open to Visitor
Norway Beach Recreation Area Open to Visitor
Norway Beach Swimming Area Open to Visitor Caution: Swimmer’s itch is found in the water at Norway Beach. The best way to prevent swimmer’s itch is to use a thick layer of sunscreen prior to going in the water, and toweling off vigorously after coming out of the water. It is also recommended to shower off immediately after swimming. 
Norway Beach Visitor Information Center Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
O-Ne-Gum-E Campground Open to Visitor Opening 5/6/2021
South Pike Bay Boat Area Open to Visitor
South Pike Bay Campground Open to Visitor Opening 5/28/2021
Stony Point Campground Open to Visitor Open 5/14/2021 - 9/27
Wanaki Boat Access Closed to Visitor All restrooms closed until further notice
Wanaki Campground Loop Open to Visitor Opening 5/27/2021 Reservations - Address: 16089 Norway Beach SW Cass Lake, MN
Webster Lake Campground Open to Visitor Opening 5/28/2021 - Address: 13928 Webster Camp Road NE Blackduck, MN

Spotlights

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. The sales area offers books, insect nets, and many other outdoor related items. Often visitors just stroll through the building enjoying the Civilian Conservation Corps construction and to admire the stone fireplace. 

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 https://northcountrytrail.org/trail/minnesota/north-central-minnesota/

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 firewood and recycling centers located at each campground. There are also showers.  Electric sites in the Chippewa loop only. |  Area Map



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/chippewa/recreation