- 46 miles (74 km)
- 1 hour
Avenue of Pines Byway cuts right through the heart of Chippewa National Forest and borders the large Lake Winnibigoshish, revered by Minnesota anglers for walleye, northern pike and most other game fish. Other fine fishing waters include Cut Foot Sioux Lake, Squaw Lake, and many smaller lakes.
Nine forest service campgrounds, as well as countless resorts and private campgrounds, provide a wealth of places to stay and play in the woods and waters. The route offers views of mature red pine stands, sparkling lakes, marshes, and more. Bald eagle sightings are common, as well as deer, bear, porcupine, osprey, and many other species.
Points of Interest
Points of Interest Along The Way
Established in 1908, the Chippewa National Forest was the first east of the Mississippi River. The forest encompasses 1.6 million acres of forest and lakes. In fact, there are over 1,300 lakes in the Chippewa National Forest. Wildlife is abundant and so are opportunities for finding them. Take time to explore this beautiful area and enjoy the many outdoor activities that are available on the forest. It may also be helpful to know about some of the places to look for in the Chippewa National Forest. Check the Natural Qualities of the Chippewa National Forest for a list of places to explore.
The Cut Foot Sioux Ranger Station, located near Lake Winnibigoshish, is the oldest remaining ranger station building in the Forest Service's Eastern Region. Tourists can register for a tour of the station at the Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Center nearby.
The Cut Foot Sioux Ranger Station is located on the byway approximately five miles north of Deer River.