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WELCOME to the Chippewa National Forest

Explore winter recreation across the Chippewa The forest offers a variety of permits for collecting forest products. Check out best spots on the forest. Mark your calendars for winter events on teh forest.

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About the Chippewa

The Chippewa National Forest, located in the heart of northern Minnesota, is a celebration of seasons, culture and environment.

The Chippewa National Forest is the first National Forest established east of the Mississippi River in 1908 and is the home to more lakes and wetlands than any other National Forest. The forest was originally known as the Minnesota National Forest. The name was changed in 1928 to honor the original inhabitants. Today, the Forest and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe share goals and offer visitors a chance to experience Anishinabe culture and learn about the past from prehistory to early, logging-era and Civilian Conservation Corps days. Learn more about the forest.


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Memorial Tree Planting

Donations made in memory of loved ones provide funding for reforestation projects. In 2018, the Chippewa
National Forest will plant 1.4 million trees across the Forest thanks to partnerships with Arbor Day Foundation and National Forest Foundation.  Find the sites.

Volunteer | Employment

Learn how you can help play an important part in managing our national forest lands. See Opportunities.


OHV Information

2018 OHV Motor Vehicle Use Maps and Policy

Active Timber Sales

Timber sales that the forest is currently accepting bids for.

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Firewood Restrictions

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CLOSURE ORDER bans the possession, storage, or transport of any firewood.  Don't move firewood!  Burn it where you buy ...

Fishing on the Chippewa

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The 71st Annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will be held May 11-13, 2018 in the Willmar Lakes Area, including the communities of Willmar, Spicer, and New London....