Officials at the Chippewa National Forest are taking public comment through September 2nd on proposed fee changes at the popular Norway Beach Recreation Area just outside Cass Lake. Spokesman Mike Stearly says extra revenue will be used to add electric hook-ups, plus “upgrade existing hookups to the 50 amps,… upgrade some of the facilities with newer picnic tables, grills, the fire rings. We’re gonna update the restroom facilities.”
Chippewa National Forest
Proposing Changes to Recreation Fees
The public is invited to comment on proposed fee changes by September 2, 2019
CASS LAKE, MINNESOTA – June 26, 2019 – The Chippewa National Forest is seeking public comments on a proposal that would change recreation fees to enhance campgrounds and attract more visitors to the Forest.
Fee changes are being proposed at the Norway Beach Recreation Area, including an $8 amenity fee for those campsites with electricity.
Based on the proposed fee changes, Onegume Campground, Stony Point Campground and Chippewa Loop in the Norway Beach Recreation Area are proposed to change from $23 or $26 per night to $22 per night plus an additional $8 amenity fee for sites with electrical hook up.
Other fee changes proposed for the Norway Beach Recreation Area campgrounds include: The Cass Lake Loop is planned to decrease from $21 per night to $16 per night upon completion of changes including: walk in access only and removal of the shower and flush toilet building.
Norway Beach Loop will be increased from $21 per night to $22 plus $8 amenity fee for electrical hook ups, once completed.
The Norway Beach group site fees are proposed to be $55 for up to 2 units and $85 per night for up to 3 units on site. The upgrades to Norway Beach Loop are slated to be complete before 2023.
The Wanaki Loop fee will increase from $21 per night to $22 per night to be in line with the other campgrounds in the Norway Beach Recreation Area.
Revenue generated from the new fee would be used to make improvements, such as addition of electrical hook ups as well as upgrades in existing hook ups to 50 amps at all campgrounds with electric hook ups; upgrading picnic tables, grills, fire rings, restroom facilities, signage; new septic systems in three campgrounds loops in Norway Beach Recreation Area and addition of group sites in the Norway Beach Loop.
Once public involvement is complete, the new fees will be reviewed in a future meeting by a Regional Recreation Advisory Committee, who will submit their recommendation to the Regional Forester for a final decision.
The public is invited to comment on the proposed fee changes. The comment period is set to end by close of business on September 2, 2019. To ensure that your comments are considered, please send your comments no later than the above date. Comments can be emailed to email@example.com
Written comments must be mailed or delivered to Chippewa Forest Supervisor’s Office, 1200 Ash Avenue NW, Cass Lake, Minn. 56633 or sent by fax to 218-335-8641, Attn: Darla Lenz
Oral comments must be provided in person at the Supervisor’s Office during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or by calling 218-335-8600 and indicating you would like to provide comments on the proposed recreation fee changes. For more information on the proposed project, visit our website at