Parks & Forests

parks4Nature’s beauty awaits in the towering pines, diverse wetlands and pristine waters of Minnesota Parks, like the Chippewa National Forest. Established in 1908 and originally known as the Minnesota National Forest, the Chippewa National Forest encompasses about 1.8 million acres managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The name was changed in 1928 to honor the forest’s original inhabitants, the Chippewa Indians. As a visitor, you may catch a glimpse of bald eagles soaring in flight. The Chippewa National Forest is home to the largest breeding population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Hike into the Joyce Estate and see a Chicago millionaire’s vast wilderness hideaway. The Lost 40 also awaits, a majestic stand of old-growth white pine ignored by the lumber companies during the logging era. The forest is also home to more than 720 lakes, 920 miles of streams and 150,000 acres of wetlands. A portion of the Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway runs through its boundaries. Suomi Hills features miles of hiking, biking and Nordic skiing trails running through rolling forests and calm lakes.

Chippewa National Forest offices are located in Blackduck, Cass Lake, Deer River, Marcell and Walker.
For more information, call (218) 335-8600.

Bass Lake Park
Address 63010 Bass Lake Park Road Effie MN 56639 Phone: 218-327-2855
Schoolcraft State Park Contact: Steve Railson
Address 9042 Schoolcraft Lane NE Deer River MN 56636 Phone: 218-743-3362
Public Skating Rinks
Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway Contact: Tim Johnson
Home Hwy 38 Grand Rapids to Effie Phone: 218-832-3161
Scenic State Park Contact: Steve Railson
Address 56956 Scenic Hwy 7 Bigfork MN 56628 Phone: 218-743-3362
GR Municipal Frisbee Golf Course Contact: Tony Clafton
Address 720 NW Conifer Dr. Grand Rapids MN 55744 Phone: 218-326-2500
Pokegama Dam & Recreation Area Lodging
Address 34385 West Hwy 2 On the Mississippi River Grand Rapids MN 55744 Phone: 218-326-6128