Hunting Chippewa National Forest

You’ve Found Hunting Paradise!

Avid hunters will find plenty of Minnesota hunting opportunities to sharpen their skills in the Chippewa National Forest. Whether you are big game hunting in Minnesota, small game hunting in Minnesota, or waterfowl hunting in Minnesota, there is a wide variety of wildlife available for your Minnesota hunting pleasure.

Itasca County and the Chippewa National Forest offer a tremendous abundance of whitetail deer. Minnesota Deer Hunting is a tradition at Lakewood Lodge. Minnesota Deer Hunting groups staying at Lakewood Lodge have nearly always filled out their tags. Whitetail Archery season begins in mid-September and firearms season begins in early November for your Minnesota deer hunting experience. For professional guide, Charlie Worrath’s view of Minnesota Deer Hunting click here.

Sand Lake, part of the Bowstring Chain of Lakes offer Minnesota Duck Hunters and Minnesota Goose Hunters ample waterfowl resting and feeding areas. Prime waterfowl hunting waters such as the Bowstring River, Birds Eye Lake, Portage Lake and Rice Lake, all of which are attached and accessible from Sand Lake, make a perfect stopping point for the many migratory birds that come through each year. Did you know that more ducks are bagged each year in Itasca County than any other county in the state of Minnesota? Waterfowl season begins the end of September. For professional guide Jason Boser’s article on Minnesota Duck Hunting click here.

One of our favorite sports is Minnesota Ruffed Grouse hunting. Ruffed Grouse are plentiful and exciting to hunt in the Chippewa National Forest. The season for grouse and partridge begins in mid-September, and there is nothing like walking thru the forest on a beautiful fall day and hearing the drumming of grouse echo through the trees in the Northwoods. For professional guide Jeff “Cubby” Skelly’s article on Minnesota Grouse Hunting click here.

For the “big game” hunter, Minnesota bear hunts offers a thrill like no other. Minnesota Bear hunting season opens at the beginning of September. According to the Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota bear population is about 30,000 and has been estimated to be increasing at a rate of 6 to 7 percent each year. Lakewood Lodge is in a quota area that allows one bear taken per hunter. Bear hunters staying at Lakewood Lodge have had great success with their Minnesota Bear Hunts over the years and we invite you to try your luck here this fall. For more information about Minnesota Bear Hunting, click here. If you are interested in a professional Minnesota Bear Hunting guide we highly recommend the services of Gary Peck at Bear River Guide Service. Gary can be reached by calling 218-246-2226.

Northern Minnesota, Itasca County and the Chippewa National Forest offer a tremendous supply of wildlife for sportsmen of all ages. We offer year round MN cabin rental at Lakewood Lodge. Take advantage of our special off-peak rates with only a 2 night minimum stay. Call today to reserve your cabin for your Minnesota Hunting vacation.

Hunting Resources

Licensing & Regulations:

Minnesota DNR Region II, Northeast Regional Wildlife Headquarters — 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 Phone: 218-327-4413