March 27, 2019

One of the unique features of the Cass Lake area is right in the middle of the lake: Star Island, – accessible only by boat, but well worth a visit. Named for its shape by the Chippewa Indians, the island boasts its own lake, Lake Windigo, which is featured in Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” as “lake in the island in the lake.” Windigo covers 199 acres and has a maximum depth of 25 feet.

Six miles of hiking trails follow along high banks a deep woods, making the island open for all kinds of recreational uses. The island is also part of the Chippewa National Forest’s 10-section area, protected since 1902 from timber cutting. Its old growth pine trees make it a favorite for bald eagles. The Forest Service manages the island for scenic and recreational use.

Star Island is the largest of four islands in Cass Lake. It has over eight miles of shoreline and encompasses 980 acres of land. The campground is located on the southwest shore of the island, and campers must provide their own water and pack out any refuse.

Plan an adventure to Star Island on your next summer vacation to a Minnesota Northwoods resort!

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