This park is the perfect playground any time of year, offering visitors swimming, boating, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, camping, biking, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and year-round naturalist-led activities.
Hikers can explore the beauty of a tamarack bog carpeted with showy lady's slippers, pitcher plants, dragon's mouth, grass pink, and insect-eating sundews. Most flowers are blooming in the bog during late spring and early summer.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
Please join us for our Candlelight Snowshoe on Saturday, February 10!
The 4th Annual Fat Bike Rally is Saturday, March 3rd. Come to the park to participate or just check it out!
Paul Bunyan State Trail east of Lake Bemidji to close for bridge repairs
The Paul Bunyan State Trail bridge over the Mississippi River east of Lake Bemidji is scheduled to be closed July 9 through the end of August in order to replace the deck, railings, and certain substructure elements on the bridge. While repairs are made, the trail will be closed at the bridge, and there is not a safe option for an alternate route. For more information on the bridge repair project, contact Dave Schotzko at 218-308-2367, email@example.com.
(Updated January 26, 2018)
Things to see and do at the park
Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park!
Podcasts and Other Extras
Free WiFi is available in the campground and Visitors Center.
Lake Bemidji State Park also manages the Gulch Lake Forest Campground and day-use area, 25 miles south of Bemidji in the Paul Bunyan State Forest. These are rustic campgrounds that have a fee of $14 per night per site. For current information call the park office at 218-308-2300.
Only use approved firewood!
Help prevent the spread of tree-killing insects by burning only approved firewood, available at all Minnesota State Parks.
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
Bird Checklist at Lake Bemidji State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
3401 State Park Road Northeast
Bemidji, MN 56601
10 minutes north of Bemidji off Highway 71 N. Watch for and follow park signage.