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Bear Head Lake State Park

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Where to go: Walk the Norberg Trail and be reminded of your childhood as you walk through the fallen leaves. Bring a child and make memories of autumn walks. Wildlife viewing is getting better with some of the foliage finding their home on the forest floor.

What you'll see: Aspens are holding on to their golden leaves. With the winds on Sunday, most maples have dropped their leaves to carpet the ground.

Also of interest: Come and explore Bear Head Lake State Park during this fantastic time of the year. Take a hike on Norberg Lake Trail to see and hear the autumn leaves. Guests spied a moose in a swamp from the Bear Head Lake State Park Road a few weeks ago. The bald eagles have been very active. The cool nights make for great campfire conditions.

Last updated: October 1, 2014 

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Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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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:

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


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

October - Memorial Day weekend:

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