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Bear Head Lake State Park

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Where to go: Norberg Lake Trail is a popular system for all seasons as it has beautiful overlooks of several lakes and leads through a variety of forest to include large stands of white and red pine.

What you'll see: The trees continue to sport their summer green, however a few speckles of maroon and yellow are poking out. Balsam poplar leaves are starting to turn golden in color. The large leaf asters are also dotting the forest under-story with purple and white.

Also of interest: Fall is a fantastic time to visit Bear Head Lake State Park. Fall fishing has been known to produce beautiful catches. Once the trees shed their leaves, it will become much easier for wildlife viewing. The Trail Center is a wonderful dry place to meet in case of poor weather.

Last updated: September 2, 2015 

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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 - August:

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


Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October - Memorial Day weekend:

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