Nature’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.
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With its pristine lakes, virgin pines, swimming beach, and wilderness-like setting, Scenic State Park is well deserving of its name. Here, visitors can hike the Chase Point Trail for hypnotic views of Coon and Sandwick Lakes and listen to the wind whistle through the giant pines. The park’s overnight facilities include campsites (boat-in, drive-in, backpack), and a cabin. The historic lodge houses interpretive displays.
Located 7 miles east of Bigfork on County Road 7. Also 32 miles north of Hwy 169.
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Camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, picnicking
This park is named for Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, who charted the headwaters of the Mississippi River with Anishinabe guide Ozawindib. Quiet trails lead through a virgin pine forest. Take State Hwy 6 to Itasca Co. Rd 28 West (which turns into Cass Co. rd 65) then go North on Cass Co Rd 74.
Open as soon as the ground is dry, the Legion Park disc golf course provides a very challenging and scenic course. The collaborative project between the Grand Rapids High School and GR Park and Recreation is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the outdoor trail system in an entirely new way! Scorecards are available on site, and discs are available to rent at the IRA Civic Center.