Lake Bemidji State Park

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Lake Bemidji State Park is located in the Heartland region of north central Minnesota near Bemidji. 

Lake Bemidji State Park

How to Get to Lake Bemidji State Park: Drive 10 minutes north of Bemidji on Highway 71. Follow the signs to the park entrance.

Park Highlights:

  • Lake Bemidji offers many recreational opportunities. Fishing on the lake is facilitated by the handicapped-accessible pier and drive-in boat access. Boat rentals are available. There is also a fish cleaning house. The white sandy beach below the visitor center is a popular place for other water sports.
  • Year-round interpretive programs are offered. In summer months, you can enjoy campfire talks and interpretive hikes. Winter programs include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and wildlife viewing. The Trail Center remains open all year and is a wonderful gathering place.

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Lake Bemidji's Natural Attractions: Nature lovers will enjoy the 1,688 acres of red pine, white pine, and jack pine forest. The rare tamarack bog flora will be a treat for those who love wildflowers. In spring and summer, you may see Minnesota's state flower, the pink lady slipper, as well as pitcher plants, dragon's mouth, and insect-eating sundews.

Things to Do in Lake Bemidji State Park: The best hike in the park is the wheelchair-accessible Bog Walk that ends at Big Bog Lake. There are 15 miles of interconnected hiking trails throughout the park. The northern part of the Paul Bunyan State Trail is also connected to the 1.5-mile paved bike trail within the park. Other trails include 5 miles of mountain biking trails, 8 miles of groomed cross-country skiing trails, 1.3 miles of skate-skiing trail, and 3 miles of snowmobile trails. Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park, except on groomed ski trails.

The large picnic area near the beach includes a volleyball court and an enclosed shelter that accommodates up to 120 people; you may reserve it by calling the park.

Camping in Lake Bemidji State Park: There are 95 shady campsites for tents and RVs; 43 include electrical hookups. There are 4 wheelchair-accessible sites; 2 with electrical hookups. The Bass Creek group camp is for tents only and accommodates up to 30 people. There are also 4 year-round heated camper cabins. Campground amenities include picnic tables, fire rings and grills, drinking water, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station.

More Attractions in This Region: The town of Bemidji is just five miles from the park, located on the shore of Lake Bemidji. See the iconic statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe The Blue Ox. Enjoy art galleries, gift shops, and museums, as well as the Paul Bunyan themed Amusement Park and Animal Land. A few miles up U.S. Highway 2 is Cass Lake, home of the Chippewa National Forest Headquarters--once the largest log-constructed building in Minnesota. Visit Lyle's Logging Camp and Museum to learn about the early timber industry in the area.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Itasca State Park

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401 State Park Road Northeast
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218-308-2300

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