The Chippewa National Forest offers recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities. Find our favorite activity and see what the Forest has to offer.
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Recreation Conditions Report
|Area Name||Status||Area Conditions|
|Bimijiwan (formerly Knutson Dam) recreation area||Open||August 2021 New tent pads have been added to tent sites 13 &14, and new fire rings. The 16’ X 16’ tent pads were constructed on top of the ground so there was no ground disturbance. Trees will be allowed to grow between the two tent sites. This will all help with the problem of campers setting up and no one knowing which site they are in if in one at all. Future Bimijiwan projects include: accessible path to sites, add top soil around the pads, new signs, re-striping the parking lot. Long range plans: create designated common areas for each campsite and refresh the RV parking pads, maybe electric.|
|Camp Rabideau Trail||Open||NOW GIVING TOURS! Call 218-835-4291|
|Cass Lake Campground Loop||Open||Back country camping. Carry in access only|
|Chippewa Campground Loop||Open|
|Deer Lake Campground||Open||Address: 59829 Eagle Nest Road Deer River, MN|
|East Seelye Bay Campground||Open||Address: 58987 Eagle Nest Road Deer River, MN|
|Lost 40||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||Open||| Reservations- Address: 45033 State Highway 46 Deer River, MN 56636|
|Noma Lake Campground||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||Open||Opening 5/6/2021 - No Reservations- Address: 46891 State Highway 38 Marcell, MN|
|Norway Beach Boat Access||Open|
|Norway Beach Campground Loop||Open||- Reservations - Address: 15899 Norway Beach RD SW Cass Lake, MN|
|Norway Beach Interpretive Trail||Open|
|Norway Beach Picnic Shelter||Open|
|Norway Beach Recreation Area||Open|
|Norway Beach Swimming Area||Closed|
|Norway Beach Visitor Information Center||Closed||Closed until further notice|
|South Pike Bay Boat Area||Open|
|South Pike Bay Campground||Open|
|Stony Point Campground||Open||Reservations are now open with limited amenities for sites 02-05, 11-30, and 35-44 through September 27th, 2022. Sites 06-10 and 31-33 will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the 2022 season. There will not be flush toilets, showers, or a fish cleaning station available for use. Thank you for your patience.|
|Wanaki Boat Access||Open|
|Wanaki Campground Loop||Open||Opening 5/27/2021 Reservations - Address: 16089 Norway Beach SW Cass Lake, MN|
|Webster Lake Campground||Open||Address: 13928 Webster Camp Road NE Blackduck, MN|
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.
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.
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 recycling centers located at each campground. There are also showers. Electric sites in the Chippewa loop only. | Area Map