Bear Head Lake State Park is a Minnesota State Park located in the Arrowhead Region of northeast Minnesota near Ely and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
This is the farthest north "drive in" camping area. Once you reach the wilderness of the Boundary Waters, campgrounds are reachable only by backpacking and canoeing.
How to Get to Bear Head Lake State Park: Take U.S. Highway 169 east for nine miles out of Tower, MN. When you get to Highway 128, drive south for seven miles to the park. Or, from Ely, go west on Minnesota Highway 169 to County Highway 128. Follow this road south 7 miles to the park.
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Bear Head Lake's Natural Attractions: This is some of Minnesota's best wilderness area outside the Boundary Waters. Catching fish and spotting eagles are almost guaranteed here. Black bears, wolves, and moose are often seen in this area as well.
Things to Do in Bear Head Lake State Park: The lakes provide many recreational opportunities. You will find a swimming beach, a fishing pier, and boat access. Rental boats and canoes are also available. You can even go waterskiing. A picnic area and shelter are located on Bear Head Lake.
There are 17 miles of trails in the park, including 9 miles of cross-country ski trails. Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park. The Taconite Trail is a popular snowmobiling trail that links the park to Ely and Grand Rapids.
Camping in Bear Head Lake State Park: There are 73 campsites for tents and RVs; the 26 RV campsites have electrical hookups. In addition,you will find 4 backpacking tent-only sites and 2 canoe-in tenting sites.
Other accommodations include a group campsite for up to 100 people, a year-round camper cabin that sleeps 5, and a 3-bedroom winterized guest house.
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More Attractions in This Region: Visit Ely and explore the International Wolf Center, the North American Bear Center, and the Dorothy Molter Museum. Take a trip into Voyageurs National Park or the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Visit Cook, Minnesota. Travel the famous Gunflint Trail.
9301 Bear Head State Park Road
Ely, MN 55731
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