Recreation

As you visit the Chippewa National Forest you will quickly notice that water-orientated recreation such as fishing, canoeing, camping, water-skiing and swimming are the focus in northern Minnesota! Twenty-one developed campgrounds, located on the major lakes, offer a place to relax or to fish muskie, walleye, northern pike, bass or sunfish. To "rough it", primitive campsites are available into more remote areas. There are 298 miles of non-motorized trails to view the Chippewa National Forest and 315 miles of motorized trails. ENJOY! 

TOP 10 SITES TO VISIT



10. The Lost Forty: Visitors still find their way to this amazing stand of old growth pine, though surveyors in the late 1800’s found nothing but wetlands!


9. Woodtick Trail: Not really a trail, but a road winding around lakes and wetlands in the southern part of the Chippewa National Forest. The Woodtick is an excellent wildlife viewing drive and provides access to the North Country Trail.


8. Suoimi Hills: – Bike, hike and ski this beautiful trail system located along the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway.


7. Stony Point Campground: One of the more popular summer campgrounds in the Forest, Stony Point is known for spectacular views of Leech Lake. Visitors also enjoy spring birding and wildflower hikes along the interpretive trail.


6. Trout Lake: Hike or boat to the historic Joyce Estate located along the central shore of Trout Lake. Visitors to Joyce Estate will find remnants of an Adirondack-style resort from the early 1900’s. Trout Lake also offers excellent fishing and backcountry camping.


5. Star Island: Located near the center of Cass Lake, this was originally called “Grande Isle” by the French. Explore the island trails, camp at one of the backcountry campsites or fish Lake Windigo, a lake within the island.


4. Supervisor’s Office: This National Historic Landmark is a monument to the craftsmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The three-story log lodge was built in 1935. Tours are provided upon request, Monday through Friday.


3. Camp Rabideau: This National Historic Landmark is one of three standing Civilian Conservation Corps camps. Take a step back in time and learn about the CCC program. Summer tours available.


2. Cut Foot Sioux Recreation Area: Fantastic early-season fishing, developed campgrounds, fishing piers, beaches, hiking trails, and summer naturalist programs at the Cut Foot Sioux VIC. 


1. Norway Beach Recreation Area: What more can we say… camping, hiking, sandy swimming beach, paved bike trails, fishing, a historic log visitor center, and fantastic interpretive programs. Located 4 miles east of Cass Lake, off of Highway 2, the area offers a variety of family activities including 171 camping sites in four campground loops; Norway Beach, Chippewa, Wanaki and Cass Lake.