Chippewa National Park Camping

Chippewa National Park Camping
Spanning three counties in north-central Minnesota, Chippewa National Forest encloses a vast forest of aspen, birch, fir, maple and pine that offers a habitat to wild animals such as the endangered bald eagle. Riddled with creeks, rivers, wetlands and lakes, Chippewa is also teeming with fish. Birders, hikers and anglers all therefore have plenty of reasons for seeking out the campgrounds of Chippewa National Forest.
 

Norway Beach Recreation Area

Norway Beach is the major camping facility for the Cass Lake District of the Chippewa, with four camping loops and a total of 170 campsites. Open between mid-May and mid-September and set on Cass Lake, the area is equipped with two boat ramps, a swimming beach, picnic shelters and a 17-mile paved biking trail. The camping loops are serviced by bathhouses with hot showers and flush toilets, and firewood sales are available at the front office.

Norway Beach Recreation Area
Chippewa National Forest
Cass Lake District
Norway Beach Road
Cass Lake, MN 56633
(218) 835-4291
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Stony Point Campground

Stony Point is located in the Walker District in the southern reaches of the national forest on the shores of Leech Lake. It is a 44-campsite facility situated amid a century-old forest of oak, elm, maple and ash trees. According to recreation.gov, the campground is a popular area for anglers and birders, and it has access to nature trails. It comes equipped with a bathhouse with showers and flush toilets, boat ramp, fish cleaning station and a swimming beach. Firewood is for sale at the campground office. The campground is open from mid-May to early October.

Stony Point Campground
Chippewa National Forest
Walker Ranger District
201 Minnesota Ave. E
Walker MN 56484
218-547-1044
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Cut Foot Horse Campground

This Deer River District campground consists of a single loop amid a stand of red pine. It first and foremost a horse campground under the auspices of both the National Forest Service and the Minnesota Horse Council, but non-equestrian campers are welcome as well. Each of the 34 campsites is well enclosed by trees, offering campers considerable privacy. The campground and the local trails were described by recreation.gov as "the most scenic in the state." The campground is serviced by water spigots and vault toilets, and there are no showers. Cut Foot Horse Campground is solidly in bear country, and therefore food and cooking utensils should be stored in bear-proof containers when not in use.

Cut Foot Horse Campground
Chippewa National Forest
Deer River District
1037 Division St., Box 308
Deer River, MN 56636
218-246-2123
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Backcountry Camping

Chippewa National Forest has 345 separate dispersed, backcountry camping areas inside its boundaries. These sites are spread throughout the forest, are often remote, and accessed either hike-in or boat-in campsites. All campsites are primitive, so campers must treat their own water from local sources and dig their own latrines. All backcountry campers must adhere to "leave no trace" standards, so all trash must be packed out and even temporary improvements, such as stacking up rocks for a fire shield, are forbidden. No fees are required for backcountry camping, but the National Forest Service request that backcountry campers register with the appropriate district office for safety.

 

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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