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Minnesota State Parks & National Forests

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Enjoy Northern Minnesota Year-Round

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.

Parks & Forests in Northern Minnesota

Bass Lake Park Campground

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63010 Bass Lake ...

Bass Lake Park Campground

Camping

63010 Bass Lake Park Road
Effie MN, 56639
Phone: 218-327-2855


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Cotton Beach on Trout Lake

Beach and Picnic Area

Cotton Beach on Trout Lake

Beach and Picnic Area

Contact: George Rauzi
10 Roosevelt Avenue
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: (218) 245-1581
Email: sbluntach@cityofcoleraine.com

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Cotton Beach on Trout Lake in Coleraine has two lifeguards on duty seven days a week. Cotton Beach is handicap accessible; has a raft, slide, and beach toys available for public use as well as a playground with both youth and toddler swings.


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Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

National Scenic Byway

Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

National Scenic Byway

Contact: Tim Johnson
Hwy 38 Grand Rapids to Effie
Phone: 218-832-3161
Email: nijpb@bigfork.net

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Travel this spectacular, winding byway by many pristine lakes, forests, swamps, rolling hills, and other unique features. The Google Map below shows the main route for the Historical Scenic Byway. Visit places along the way, and enjoy the beauty of nature alone the way.


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GR Municipal Frisbee Golf Course

Frisbee Golf Course

GR Municipal Frisbee Golf Course

Frisbee Golf Course

Contact: Tony Clafton
720 NW Conifer Dr.
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-2500


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.


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Pokegama Dam & Recreation Area

Camping

On the Mississipp...

Pokegama Dam & Recreation Area

Camping

On the Mississippi River
34385 West Hwy 2
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-6128
Email: contact@brewedawakenings.biz

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Scenic State Park

Beautiful Walking Trails, Campin...

Scenic State Park

Beautiful Walking Trails, Camping, and Swimming

Contact: Jordan Schaefer
56956 Scenic Hwy 7
Bigfork MN, 56628
Phone: 218-743-3362
Email: scenic.statepark@state.mn.us

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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. We now offer Kids' Discovery Kits, Birding Kits, and Fishing Kits. Visitors can check these kits out at the park office for free. For more information contact the park office.
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Open Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend:
Sun-Weds. 10 am - 6 pm, Thurs. - Sat. 8:30 am to 9pm
Sept. 2nd through Oct. 20th: 8:30am - 4:00pm Fri - Sat; 8:30am - 4pm intermittently Mon - Thurs
Winter Office Hours:
9 - 4 Intermittently

Programs
Scenic State Park will be hosting naturalist programs throughout the summer in partnership with the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center.  Scenic State Park staff and volunteers will also be providing Archery in the Park and Youth Fishing events throughout the summer.  For more details and a schedule of programs please contact Scenic State Park at 218-743-3362 or by e-mailing scenic.statepark@state.mn.us.


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Schoolcraft State Park

Beautiful State Park

Schoolcraft State Park

Beautiful State Park

Contact: Jordan Schaefer
9042 Schoolcraft Lane NE
Deer River MN, 56636
Phone: 218-743-3362
Email: scenic.statepark@state.mn.us

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This secluded north woods park is the perfect place to unwind. Quiet and peaceful, the trail system leads hikers through the virgin pine forest that includes a white pine more than 300 years old. Canoeists and anglers enjoy the gentle waters of the Mississippi River. A boat access, picnic area, canoe and drive-in campsites are available to visitors.

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Located at:
9042 Schoolcraft Lane NE
Deer River, MN 56636

Take State Highway 6 to County Road 28 west (turns into 65 W), then north on County Road 74.

For information on this park, contact Scenic State Park at 218-743-3362.


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