Recreation

What's Open on the Forest

Developed Campgrounds:

  • Mosomo Point
  • O-Ne-Gum-E
  • Deer Lake
  • South Pike Bay
  • Noma Lake
  • Webster Lake
  • Cut Foot Horse Camp
  • East Seelye Bay
  • Williams Narrows
  • North Star
  • Winnie
  • Knutson Dam
  • Stony Point - Closing August 16
  • Mabel Lake
  • Clubhouse Lake

The Forest recreation staff will now monitor these campgrounds and operations to determine future campground opening dates. The staff will consider health and safety, including statewide orders, employee safety, and the availability of personal protective equipment and trained personnel, as reflected in CDC, State, and local guidance.

All Dispersed camping sites

Forest Supervisor's order limiting the size of groups of 10 people or less per group and remains in place until further notice. Visitors are asked to pack out everything they bring, especially trash. Visitors are also urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health and safety guidance.

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.

Driving

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

Special places

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

The Forest Service continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments to reservations and our reservation policies through Recreation.gov. Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation. In the event of delayed openings of some, part or all of the campgrounds and cabins to ensure safe social distancing, visitors will receive a full refund for their reservation. Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers.

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 Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice Reservations - Address: 15888 Norway Beach RD NW Cass Lake, MN 56633
Chippewa Campground Loop Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice Address: 16015 Norway Beach RD SW Cass Lake, MN
Deer Lake Campground Open to Visitor Scheduled to open June 11. | Reservations- Address: 59829 Eagle Nest Road Deer River, MN
East Seelye Bay Campground Open to Visitor No Reservations- Address: 58987 Eagle Nest Road Deer River, MN
Joyce Estate Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice
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 June 11. | Reservations- Address: 45033 State Highway 46 Deer River, MN 56636
Noma Lake Campground Open to Visitor  No Reservations - Address: 52681 County Road 31 Wirt, MN
North Star Campground Open to Visitor No Reservations- Address: 46891 State Highway 38 Marcell, MN
Norway Beach Boat Access Open to Visitor
Norway Beach Campground Loop Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice Reservations - Address: 15899 Norway Beach RD SW Cass Lake, MN
Norway Beach Interpretive Trail Closed to Visitor All restrooms closed until further notice
Norway Beach Picnic Shelter Closed to Visitor Tables have been moved to allow proper social distancing
Norway Beach Recreation Area    Norway Beach Recreation Area (NBRA) "DAY USE" area closed as of August 7, 2020. The entire NBRA is closed, including campgrounds, visitor center and roads and trails that go through the campgrounds, per the Supervisor’s Closure Order.
Norway Beach Swimming Area Closed 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 Scheduled to open June 11.
South Pike Bay Boat Area Open to Visitor
South Pike Bay Campground Open to Visitor Scheduled to open June 11.
Stony Point Campground Open to Visitor The Chippewa National Forest is closing the showers at Stony Point Campground effective immediately.  The Forest is currently not able to maintain the cleaning and sanitizing schedule necessary for the campground showers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Forest Service takes the safety of our visitors, employees, and volunteers seriously. COVID-19 poses unique and unprecedented challenges to our workforce, visitors, and the communities we live in and support.  We apologize for the inconvenience. Closing for the season as of August 16. The closure is in response to the reduced number of recreation staff and the capacity to maintain the campground to standards reflected in CDC and State and local guidance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Reservations with an arrival date on or after August 16 will be cancelled and fully refunded. Reservations with a departure date of Monday August 17 will be honored.
Wanaki Boat Access Closed to Visitor All restrooms closed until further notice
Wanaki Campground Loop Closed to Visitor Closed until further notice Reservations - Address: 16089 Norway Beach SW Cass Lake, MN
Webster Lake Campground Open to Visitor No Reservations- 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.  

Program Schedule

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 4,600 miles from Crow Point, New York to Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota. 

Within the Chippewa National Forest, the North Country Trail meanders through 71-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. 

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



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