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Find Your True North in the Pines

Nature’s beauty awaits in the towering pines, diverse wetlands and pristine waters of Grand Rapids Area Parks, like the Chippewa National Forest.

 

Parks & Forests in Northern Minnesota

Bass Lake Park Campground

Camping

63010 Bass Lake ...

Bass Lake Park Campground

Camping

63010 Bass Lake Park Road
Effie MN, 56639
Phone: 218-327-2855


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Cotton Beach on Trout Lake

Beach and Picnic Area

Cotton Beach on Trout Lake

Beach and Picnic Area

Contact: George Rauzi
10 Roosevelt Avenue
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: (218) 245-1581
Email: sbluntach@cityofcoleraine.com

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Cotton Beach on Trout Lake in Coleraine has two lifeguards on duty seven days a week. Cotton Beach is handicap accessible; has a raft, slide, and beach toys available for public use as well as a playground with both youth and toddler swings.


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Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

National Scenic Byway

Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway

National Scenic Byway

Contact: Tim Johnson
Hwy 38 Grand Rapids to Effie
Phone: 218-832-3161
Email: nijpb@bigfork.net

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Travel this spectacular, winding byway by many pristine lakes, forests, swamps, rolling hills, and other unique features. The Google Map below shows the main route for the Historical Scenic Byway. Visit places along the way, and enjoy the beauty of nature alone the way.


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GR Municipal Frisbee Golf Course

Frisbee Golf Course

GR Municipal Frisbee Golf Course

Frisbee Golf Course

Contact: Tony Clafton
720 NW Conifer Dr.
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-2500


Open as soon as the ground is dry, the Legion Park disc golf course provides a very challenging and scenic course. The collaborative project between the Grand Rapids High School and GR Park and Recreation is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the outdoor trail system in an entirely new way! Scorecards are available on site, and discs are available to rent at the IRA Civic Center.


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Pokegama Dam & Recreation Area

Camping

On the Mississipp...

Pokegama Dam & Recreation Area

Camping

On the Mississippi River
34385 West Hwy 2
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Phone: 218-326-6128
Email: contact@brewedawakenings.biz

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Scenic State Park

Beautiful Walking Trails, Campin...

Scenic State Park

Beautiful Walking Trails, Camping, and Swimming

Contact: Jordan Schaefer
56956 Scenic Hwy 7
Bigfork MN, 56628
Phone: 218-743-3362
Email: scenic.statepark@state.mn.us

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Programs
Scenic State Park will be hosting naturalist programs throughout the summer in partnership with the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center.  Scenic State Park staff and volunteers will also be providing Archery in the Park and Youth Fishing events throughout the summer.  For more details and a schedule of programs please contact Scenic State Park at 218-743-3362 or by e-mailing scenic.statepark@state.mn.us.


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Schoolcraft State Park

Beautiful State Park

Schoolcraft State Park

Beautiful State Park

Contact: Jordan Schaefer
9042 Schoolcraft Lane NE
Deer River MN, 56636
Phone: 218-743-3362
Email: scenic.statepark@state.mn.us

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This secluded north woods park is the perfect place to unwind. Quiet and peaceful, the trail system leads hikers through the virgin pine forest that includes a white pine more than 300 years old. Canoeists and anglers enjoy the gentle waters of the Mississippi River. A boat access, picnic area, canoe and drive-in campsites are available to visitors.

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Located at:
9042 Schoolcraft Lane NE
Deer River, MN 56636

Take State Highway 6 to County Road 28 west (turns into 65 W), then north on County Road 74.

For information on this park, contact Scenic State Park at 218-743-3362.


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Gunn Park

Gunn Park

Phone: 218-326-0032

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Portage Park

25570 Katherine Ave Cohasset, MN 55721 Phone:

Portage Park

25570 Katherine Ave
Cohasset, MN 55721
Phone: 218-328-6225 ext. 11

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Chippewa National Forest

 

Chippewa National Forest

 

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

The Forest Service motto, "Caring for the Land and Serving People," captures the spirit of our mission, which we accomplish through five main activities:

Protection and management of natural resources on National Forest System lands.

Research on all aspects of forestry, rangeland management, and forest resource utilization.

Community assistance and cooperation with State and local governments, forest industries, and private landowners to help protect and manage non-Federal forest and associated range and watershed lands to improve conditions in rural areas.

Achieving and supporting an effective workforce that reflects the full range of diversity of the American people.

International assistance in formulating policy and coordinating U.S. support for the protection and sound management of the world's forest resources.

Description
The National Forest Foundation, chartered by Congress, engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System, administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests. http://www.nationalforests.org/

The Forest Service manages a system of 155 national forests, 20 national grasslands, and 222 research and experimental forests, as well as other special areas, covering more than 192 million acres of public land. The Forest Service has evolved into a 30,000 employee agency that manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife.

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