Bear Head Lake State Park
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Secluded in the Northwoods, this park contains pristine lakes; it is home to black bears, nesting eagles, wolves and moose. Stands of white and red pine trees tower over the birch, aspen and fir trees. Located just south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the park shares a similar wilderness quality. Explore miles of shoreline by canoe. Swim at the beach, picnic in the shelter building, or fish for walleye, bass, crappies or trout. Trails in the park link-up with the Taconite State Trail and offer snowmobilers, skiers and hikers plenty to enjoy. Rent a three-bedroom guest house or camper cabin any season of the year.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
All shower facilities will be operational by Friday May 17.
The new trail center is nearing completion! There will be some landscaping work this spring, so be mindful of equipment near the beach area. We hope visitors can begin using the new trail center by late May to early June.
State Forest Campgrounds:
Bear Head Lake State Park also manages the Woodenfrog, Ash River and Wakemup Bay campgrounds inside the Kabetogama State Forest. For information on these units, please contact the Bear Head Lake State Park office at (218) 365-7229.
2010 America's Favorite Park!
Bear Head Lake State Park won the 2010 title of "America's Favorite Park" and a $100,000 gift in a nationwide campaign sponsored by Coca-Cola. The money improved a trail center at the park. Thank you Minnesota, and thank you America!
There's also a short video of scenes from the park.
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
Firewood Restrictions Information:
Bird Checklist at Bear Head Lake State Park.
From Tower, go east on MN Highway 169 for 9 miles to County Highway 128. Follow this road south 7 miles to the park.
From Ely, go west on MN Highway 169 to County Highway 128. Follow this road south 7 miles to the park.
Best time to contact the park:
June - Labor Day: Daily, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
September: Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
October - Memorial Day weekend: Intermittent between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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.