State / National Forests

Chippewa National Forest
Chippewa National Forest, home of the largest nesting population of Bald Eagles in the lower 48 states. The Forest has a rich history, ranging from prehistoric times to early logging era and CCC days. The forest boundary encompasses about 1.6 million acres, with about 660,000 acres manages by the Chippewa National Forest. The remaining lands are State, County, Indian and private. The Leech Lake Indian Reservation is also within the Forest boundary.

Chippewa National Forest / Walker Ranger District
201 Minnesota Ave. E (218) 547-1044
Walker, MN 56484
Drive the Woodtick Trail, hike the Shingobee Hills or canoe down the incredible Boy River.

Deep Portage
Located in central Cass County, Deep Portage is a meeting place for community, education, and the environment. There are miles of trails to enjoy, a visitors’ center, and year-round educational programming. Summer is a great time to paddle, hike, bike or otherwise explore the forests and lakes!

Itasca State Park
Itasca State Park, headwaters of the Mississippi River, is just 35 miles from Walker. The park is open from May through October. There is limited access to the park in the winter months. Over two dozen vistas and historic spots are located along this scenic route. View the Itasca State Park map on the DNR website.

Lake Country Scenic Byway
Lake Country Scenic Byway invites you to discover the old fashioned charm of the Lake Country. You’ll travel 88 miles through prime northern Minnesota vacation country. The Byway unties the famed vacation areas of Walker, Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes along Highway 34 and scenic Itasca State Park on Highway 71 north.

Paul Bunyan State Forest
The Paul Bunyan State Forest is more then 72,000 acres of woods and lakes. There are over 50 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 15 miles of ungroomed snowmobile trails, and countless hiking, biking and cross country ski trails

North Country National Scenic Trail