Lake Bemidji State Park
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.
Lavinia Group Camp now available for summer reservations!
Looking for a new camping option for your group? The new Lavinia Group Camp has something for everyone: a large area is available for tent campers, a picnic shelter, showers and flush toilets a short walk away, plus five sites with electric hook-ups for RVs and trailers. Secluded and private, it's perfect for your next family or group gathering. Reservations can now be made for groups arriving May 21 or later. Call the park for further information, and check out the layout for the new campground.
(Updated April 9, 2015)
Nice Ride bikes back this summer
Nice Ride bikes are available for rent again this summer! Just stop in the Ranger Station to rent your bike, reservations are not needed. Helmets are available if you need one. Bikes will be available May 1 - October 15 this year.
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
This Week at the Park:
There are lots of programs and special events happening every day at the park, with something for all ages! Here's this week's schedule.
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.
Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Lake Bemidji State Park.
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.