Chippewa National Forest Hiking
Info Resource: www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/chippewa/
There is no better way to see the Chippewa National Forest than on a trail. Hike and view spring wildflowers, bike along a tranquil wetland, hunt grouse on a hunter/walking trail, swim in one of over 700 lakes or ski through winter woods. The Chippewa National Forest offers over 298 miles of non-motorized trails. Below are recommended hiking trails on the Chippewa National Forest. These trails are for nonmotorized use unless otherwise noted. All National Forest System lands are open to camping. A number of primitive campsites are located along the trail routes. Pack out all that you bring in and help maintain the Forest for those who follow.
Camp Rabideau (1 mile)
6.5 miles south of Blackduck on County Road 39
An open-air picnic shelter is located at the camp. It was built by the CCC and moved from the Cut Foot Sioux area to the Camp in 1986. Benjamin and Carls Lakes are visible from the barracks. Interpretive displays highlight the buildings and history of the area.
Carter Lake (3 miles)
2 miles east of Tenstrike on Forest Road 2419
Hunter/walking trail, ski tour, snowmobiling and berrypicking.
Elmwood Island (.5 mile)
7 miles north of Alvwood in Island Lake
Boat access only.
Lost 40 (1 mile)
3 miles north of Dora Lake on Forest Road 2240
A one-mile self-guided trail winds its way through the majestic red and white pines of the Lost Forty. These trees are up to 350 years old and between 22 and 48 inches in diameter. Carry-in boat access is located on the north side of Coddington Lake. The lake offers northern pike fishing, mallard and wood duck hunting and wild ricing.
Meadow Lake (10 miles)
8 miles south of Tenstrike on County Road 307
Hunter/walking trail, ski touring, low lying cedar swamps and upland aspen and pine.
Webster Lake (6 miles)
10 miles south of Blackduck at Webster Lake Campground
Hunter/walking trail, mostly balsam fir.
Migizi (19 miles)
4 miles east of Cass Lake in the Norway Beach Recreation Area
Paved biking and hiking.
Star Island (6 miles)
2 miles east of Cass lake on Star Island
Located in the middle of Cass Lake, Star Island is one of the unique features of the Chippewa National Forest. Named for its star shape, "Star Island" is the largest of four islands in Cass Lake. Star Island, only accessible by boat or over-the-ice, has over eight miles of shoreline and encompasses 980 acres of both public land and private homes. Six miles of trails wind along the high banks and deep woods of the island, providing good opportunities for hiking and nature study. Star Island Campground is located on the southwest shore of the island. Lake Windigo, sitting inside Star Island, is the only lake within a lake in the northern hemisphere.
Tower Lake (6 miles)
3 miles east of Pennington on Forest Road 2172
Cut Foot Sioux (22 miles)
18 miles NW of Deer River on Hwy 46
Follows Continental Divide.
Johnson Lake (12 miles)
14 miles SE of Deer River on Hwy 46
Simpson Creek (13 miles)
18 miles NW of Deer River on Hwy 46
Eagle, osprey and loon viewing.
Sugar Lake (2 miles)
7 miles north of Remer on Forest Road 2112
Hunter/walking trail, covered with native grasses and clover.
Jingo Lake (5 miles)
9 miles NW of Marcell on Forest Road 2423
Hunter/walking trail, rolling glacial topography, abundant waterfowl and wetlands.
Miller Lake (8 miles)
13 miles south of Marcell off Hwy 38
See one of the more unique geological features in Minnesota as you travel down the Miller Lake Trail - the Miller Lake Geological Area. Due to a failure in water outlet, Miller Lake drained into Amen Lake in the spring of 1982. Admire the craftsmanship of the beavers as they work to restore the wetland habitat.
Skeeter Lake (3 miles)
17 miles north of Grand Rapids on County Road 49
Hunter/walking trail, gently rolling terrain through aspen stands.
Spur Lake (9 miles)
15 miles SW of Bigfork on Forest Road 2402
Hunter/walking trail, mature aspen stands and clover.
Suomi Hills (21 miles)
15 miles north of Grand Rapids on State Hwy 38
Enjoy the clear lakes, rolling hills and spectacular fall colors. Canoe pristine lakes or explore trails through the rolling topography designed to provide intermediate and advanced level cross-country skiiing, biking and hiking.
Trout Lake (5 miles)
16 miles south of Marcell on County Road 335
Trout Lake SNA offers 6,000 acres of forest with 26 miles of shoreline on 11 lakes. Ten miles of primitive roads and trails provide access for hunting, hiking, or skiing. There are a number of primitive campsites on Spider, Trout and Wabana Lakes. The rolling terrain provides scenic views over area lakes wrapped with maple, aspen, birch and scattered pine in the Trout Lake SNA.
County Road 50 (8 miles)
6 miles south of Walker on County Road 50
Hunter/walking trail. Aspen mixed with hardwoods and red pine provide varied habitats.
Goose Lake (12 miles)
5 miles SW of Longville on County Road 5
Hunter/walking trail, ski touring, large wetlands and lakes.
Heartland (50 miles)
Trailhead 1 mile south of Walker on County Road 12
State trail, paved biking, hiking, skiing and snowmobiling.
Lake Erin (1 mile)
5 miles south of Walker on Hwy 371
Great for families, viewing wildlife by lakes and wetlands.
North Country (68 miles)
Corridor runs 3 miles south of Walker to 7 miles east of Remer
The North Country Trail passes through the Chippewa National Forest as part of the larger North Country National Scenic Trail. The trail travels over 3,200 miles from Crown Point, New York, to Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota. Eventually the trail will link to the Appalachian Trail, to the Lewis and Clark and Pacific Crest Trail. When completed, the North Country Trail will be the longest continuous foot path in the United States. Within the Chippewa National Forest, the North Country Trail meanders through 68 miles of forested lake country. White Pine forests and river overlooks beckon travelers along this scenic route. Discover old homesteads hidden in the "Woodtick Fields" and enjoy the cool waters of the many backcountry lakes.
Shingobee (6 miles)
5 miles south of Walker on County Road 34
National recreation trail, rolling hills and scenic vistas. Great cross-country skiing and hiking. Kayak the Shingobee River.