Recreation


Campsite at South Pike Bay Campground Loop

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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 Map

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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
Joyce Estate Open
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
O-Ne-Gum-E Campground Open
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

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

Recreation Areas