Visit Cass Lake Minnesota tourist attractions and explore the Cass Lake Chain of Lakes and the Chippewa National Forest.
The town of Cass Lake does not lie within the Chippewa National Forest however the national forest headquarters, also known as the "Log Palace," is right in town. Visit this remarkable building to see the unique construction and the natural history exhibits.
The Chippewa National Forest Headquarters was the largest log structure in Minnesota when built in 1935. Constructed from giant Red Pine, the three-story structure surrounds a 50-foot high fireplace built fro glacial boulders. The Finnish style log construction uses only grooves and notches to fit the logs together.
The Palace Casino and Hotel is owned by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and has a pool, hot tub, and game room. There are a few RV campsites available.
More than 30 resorts are located in this popular area of Minnesota. Many of them are on the lake that bears the same name as the town...Cass Lake...and others on nearby lakes.Cass Lake, Minnesota Vacation Planning
Lyle’s Logging Camp Museum - Six buildings, built by forester Lyle Chisholm, house original artifacts from logging days in the area.
Cass Lake Museum - Adjacent to Lyle’s, this former railroad depot is one of the few remaining Soo Line depots in Minnesota.
Star Island - Named for its four-point shape, this island includes its own spring fed lake, Lake Windigo. Ripley’s Believe It or Not called it “the lake in an island in a lake.”
Lost Forty - A stand of virgin red pine/Norway pine overlooked by loggers due to an error by surveyors. See what the forest looked like before loggers arrived.
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Settle in for your stay and explore the area in any season of the year. Here are a few ideas:
Itasca State Park - Our oldest and most popular state park is just short drive from Cass Lake. If walking across the Mississippi River is on your "bucket list," you can do it here ate the Mississippi River Source. Explore canoe and kayak routes on the Mississippi River, Leech Lake, and the Rice River.
Fishing - Some of Minnesota's largest, and most fish-filled lakes, are in this area.
Ice Fishing - The Winter Fishing Challenge draws hundreds who brave to cold to vie for large prizes. Just one reason to visit Cass Lake Minnesota in winter.Minnesota Fishing Resorts are a good lodging choice if fishing is high on your list of recreational desires.
ATV - The 150 mile Soo Line North ATV trail will take you through Aitken, Carlton, and Cass counties. This trail connects with the 115 mile Soo Line trail southwest of Moose Lake.
Snowmobiling - The 49 mile Heartland Trail takes you from Park Rapids to Cass Lake and includes a 4 mile connector trail to Walker. There are also 31 miles of trails in the Itasca State Park boundaries. The 110 mile long Paul Bunyan Trail connects Bemidji to Brainerd.
Native American powwows are a popular attraction and take place on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day at the Veterans Memorial Grounds near the Palace Casino. Visitors are invited to participate.
Attend Rib Fest with attractions like Native Dancers, parade, motorcycle show, live music and local vendors.
The Chippewa Triathalon has existed for more than 15 years. Events include canoeing, mountain biking and a trail run with 6 portages.
Much of the Leech Indian Reservation lies within the Chippewa National Forest. You many have opportunities in this area to see how the Ojibwe harvest wild rice, create beautiful birch bark objects, make maple syrup, and prepare smoked fish.
National Forest Campgrounds in the Chippewa National Forest. Camp our here and visit Cass Lake Minnesota on a day trip.
Park Rapids - Another great area vacation destination with lots of lakeside resorts and cabins.
Walker - On the shores of Leech Lake is a perfect day trip from Cass Lake.
Forest Edge Winery, “The Winery in the Woods,” excels in creating wines based on local fruits including raspberries, blueberries, apples and rhubarb.
Gift shops in this area are perfect places to shop for Native American themed gifts including hand harvested wild rice, maple syrup and items made of birchbark.
I lived in Cass Lake for several years as a child and young teen. My father pastored a church there and also taught at the Mo-Kah-Um Indian Bible School.
We learned to love this Northern Minnesota area and still go back to visit Cass Lake Minnesota whenever we are in the area.