Chippewa National Forest

Contact Information


  • Fees are charged only in developed campgrounds. There are no entrance fees charged on the Chippewa National Forest.


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  • The Chippewa National Forest shares boundaries with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The Forest encompasses over one million acres within the boundary. Offices are located in Blackduck, Deer River, Walker and Cass Lake with partners in Marcell, Minn.

Other Date Information

  • Chippewa National Forest offices are open year-round. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer visitor centers are open Memorial weekend through Labor Day, Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Green Practices

  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation
  • Air Quality Improvements
  • Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
  • Eco-Friendly Purchasing Practices

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Smokey Bear Birthday Party

    Smokey Bear Birthday Party

    200 Ash Avenue NW
    Cass Lake, MN 56633
    Call: (218) 335-8600

    Join us for Smokey's Bear's 74th Birthday celebration. Everyone is invited to this fun family day at the Forest Visitor Centers. Wednesday, August 8th, we will be celebrating Smokey's birthday at the Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m. On Saturday, August 11th, there will be a second celebration at Norway Beach Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. Both birthday parties will, of course, feature Smokey Bear and lots of birthday cake, firefighter games and appearances by Chippewa National Forest firefighters. Come early to meet Smokey--he generally makes two appearances within the first hour of activities. There are no Smokey appearances after the first hour, but the firefighter games continue!

Meetings & Conferences

  • URL/Meetings Web Page: Visitors may reserve the Norway Beach picnic shelter for larger events in the summer for $75. A permit is required for events over 75 people. Contact the Forest Supervisor's Office for more information at 218-335-8600.

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