Recreation

#ItsAllYours go out and enjoy the forest.

Your #ChippewaNF Adventure Begins Here:

  • Experience the lake life on one of 1,300 lakes, 925 miles of streams and 400,000 acres of wetlands
  • Camp in one of our campgrounds or rough it at one of our back-country campsites
  • Explore the forest by foot, bike or OHV on one of our trail systems
  • Let imaginations soars at one of our Visitor Center programs
  • Need some help on where to start? Here are our top ten sites to visit!

Explore camping options on the forest. Check out our new mobile tour Explore hiking on the forest See places to fish and load your boat on the forest.

 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Shingobee Recreation Area Open to Visitor In the winter, the cross-country ski trail has been groomed and is in great condition.

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 a variety of family activities including 171 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 shower facilities.  |  Area Map