Lake Bemidji State Park

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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.

Visitor Alert

Campground Bathrooms and Showers are closed for the 2017 Season

Restroom and shower buildings are closed and water has been shut off in the campground. Due to the recent cold weather the fill and dump station is now closed for the winter also. Water is available at the ranger station to fill water jugs and sinks and flush toilets are available in the Visitor Center.

The fishing pier has been pulled for the season and is in the jetty channel for the winter

Visit ParkFinder or Winter Activities Guide for an overview of recreation opportunities available statewide.

(Updated Dec. 4, 2017)

Park Notes

Things to see and do at the park:

Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park!

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Podcasts and Other Extras:

  • Visit the Lake Bemidji bog and take along this brochure This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. and audio podcast This link leads to an podcast. as a trail guide to what you will see on your walk (21:25 mp3)
  • Check out this slideshow featuring the seasons at the park


Free WiFi is available in the campground and Visitors Center.

Forest Campground:

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.

Gift Cards:

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Bird ChecklistThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Lake Bemidji State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Fishing

tree Unique Ecosystem

tree Bog Walk

tree Eagle/Osprey Viewing

tree Lake Recreation


Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


3401 State Park Road Northeast
Bemidji, MN 56601

tel: 218-308-2300


Getting There

10 minutes north of Bemidji off Highway 71 N. Watch for and follow park signage.