Chippewa National Forest
Chippewa was the first national forest established east of the Mississippi River. Originally designated a Forest Reserve in 1902, it officially became Chippewa National Forest in 1928. Located in northern Minnesota, this northern hardwood forest is a celebration of seasons, culture, and environment. Its ecology is complex, with trees ranging from red oak to white pine, crops from wild ginger to wild rice, and wildlife from Canada lynx to sand hill crane. The forest also includes 1,300 lakes and ponds, more than 900 miles of rivers, and 440,000 acres of wetlands with 25 watersheds.
Humans have long interacted with the forest, including Paleo-Indians living along the lakeshore 10,000 years ago. Later the Dakota and Anishinabe people, as well as French Voyageurs, early loggers, and the Civilian Conservation Corps called this forest home. Today Chippewa Forest provides an abundance of recreational opportunities with 21 developed campgrounds, 160 miles of hiking trails, 315 miles of snowmobile trails, and 280 dispersed camping sites. Hunting, fishing, canoeing, berry-picking, bird watching, and swimming are popular visitor activities.
What JNPA Does Here
JNPA offers books, interpretive products and visitor amenities in six stores throughout the forest. Proceeds from the sales of these products support programs and activities in the forest.