Zippel Bay State Park

On the Shore of Lake of The Woods

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This Minnesota State Park nestles on the shore of Lake of the Woods, one of the largest lakes in the world.

Zippel Bay is at the tip of the Minnesota Arrowhead region and on the United States/Canada border. This is one of our least visited state parks, and also one of my favorites. I have wonderful memories of camping here with family and friends.

How to Get to Zippel Bay State Park: Drive northwest from Baudette, MN for 9.5 miles on Highway 172. Turn right on County Road 32. Drive about 1 mile to the park entrance.

Zippel Bay State Park Highlights:

  • Views of one of the world’s largest lakes, Lake of the Woods, and three miles of white sand beaches make this one of the most unique of our state parks. Lake of the Woods covers almost 1,500 square miles and has more than 14,000 islands. If you are in the area and just want to get up close to the lake, a drive into the park is a great way to do that.
  • The 2,906 acres of the park include land that was once owned by one of the area’s first white settlers, Wilhelm Zippel.  At one time, a small fishing village was established here. 
Our love of Minnesota's state parks led to our publishing an ebook: Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay

Zippel Bay State Park’s Natural Attractions: The three miles of white sand beach along the shore of the vast lake give the feeling of being near an ocean. Bird-watchers will see many water-loving birds like gulls, pelicans, osprey, cormorants, sandhill cranes, and our state bird, the loon. The piping plover, one of the nation’s most endangered birds, has been spotted here.

Eagles nest in the tall trees near the lake. Other attractions include wildlife like deer, moose, bears, otters, wolves, and pine martens.

Wildflowers, including the state flower, the Lady’s Slipper, bloom in spring and summer

Things to Do in Zippel Bay State Park: There are six miles of hiking trails in the park. In winter, 11 miles of trails are groomed for cross-country skiing and 3 miles are groomed for snowmobiling. Snowshoeing is permitted within the park, except on groomed ski trails. 

Simple, hearty, meals are always on the menu for our camping trips. Here are a few of our favorite easy camping recipes.

Camping Cookbooks - Plan your camping meals with one of these.

Camping in Zippel Bay State Park:  There are 57 drive-in campsites for tents and RVs; there are no electrical hookups in this park. A rustic group camp for tents, small trailers, and campers accommodates up to 45 people.

Picnic tables, fire rings, showers, vault toilets, and a dump station are available.

Camping Equipment Checklist - Do you have what you need for camping?

More Attractions in This Region: Visit Baudette. The “Willie the Walleye” statue in town is a great place to take photos. Lake of the Woods Nature Tours offers customized trips for bird-watching, wildflower viewing, and Native American culture. Stop at the Lake of the Woods County Museum to learn about early area history.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Hayes Lake State Park Franz Jevne State Park

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3684 54th Avenue Northwest
Williams, MN 56686

Phone: 218-783-6252


Minnesota State Parks Guidebooks to all of our state parks.

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