Minnesota - Chippewa National Forest
The Chippewa National Forest was established in 1908, becoming the first national forest east of the Mississippi River. The Forest boundary encompasses about 1.6 million acres, with 667,000 acres managed by the Chippewa National Forest. The remaining lands are State, County, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and private.
Lakes and Wetlands-Water is abundant on the Chippewa National Forest, with over 1,300 lakes, 925 miles of streams, 400,000 acres wetlands, and 25 watersheds. Water-based recreation such as fishing, camping, water sports, and swimming are popular on the Forest.
Four Season Recreation-While summer visitors enjoy the lakes, fall color enthusiasts take in the 298 miles of non-motorized trails and five scenic byways on the National Forest. Snow lovers explore the Forest by snowmobile, ski, snowshoe, and sled, while spring birders track warblers at fantastic sites like Stony Point. Check with District Ranger Stations to find the best seasonal sites and activities!