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Bear Head Lake State Park

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Where to go: Brilliant red maples are slowly peeking out from between the mostly green broadleaves on the Bear Head State Park Road and in the campground.

What you'll see: The winding road into the park is green with deciduous broadleaves, swaying grasses, and needles of red and white pine at this time. Balsam poplars are turning a golden brown. Soon it will be transforming into a brilliant showcase of natures beauty.

Also of interest: Come and explore Bear Head Lake State Park during this fantastic time of the year. The wildlife is ramping up for the winter. Pesky insects are not as common. Asters and pearly everlasting are speckling the forest floor. The cool nights make for great campfire conditions.

Last updated: September 16, 2014 

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Getting there

9301 Bear Head State Park Road
Ely, MN 55731

From the town of Tower, go east on U.S. Highway 169, 9 miles to St. Louis County Highway 128. Take Highway 128 south 7 miles to the contact station.


Phone: 218-365-7229

Email: bearhead.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

June - Labor Day:

Wednesdays- Mondays, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Tuesdays 9 a.m. -8p.m.


Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

October - Memorial Day weekend:

Intermittent between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.