National & State Forests

Chippewa National Forest

The Chippewa National Forest has the highest concentration of Bald Eagles than any other place in the lower 48 states.  The forest covers 667,094 acres. Water is abundant, with over 1,300 lakes, 923 miles of rivers and stream. The Forest has more lakes and wetlands than any other National Forest in the nation, boasting approximately 13% of all surface water within the entire National Forest system.  There are over 3000 archeological and historic sites located within the forest. The Forest contains 41 miles of paved bike trails, 43 miles of unpaved bike trails, 160 miles of hiking trails, 298 miles of non-motorized trails, 380 miles of snowmobile trails, 20 miles of horse trails, 83 boat accesses.

Paul Bunyan State Forest

The Paul Bunyan State Forest covers over 150,000 acres of North-Central Mn.

There are many trials for popular outdoor recreational activities. Trails are designated for such varied uses such as mountain biking, with 18 miles specifically for hiking, 37 miles for Class I and II all-terrain vehicle use, and 87 miles for off-highway motorcycling. In the wintertime, trails are designated for cross-country skiing and 60 miles are set aside for snowmobiling. The Paul Bunyan State Trail, the Heartland State Trail, and the North Country National Scenic Trail all pass through the forest.

Itasca State Park

Itasca State Park is around 30 miles from Leech Lake.  This beautiful park is a must see on my vacationer’s list.

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