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.
Candlelight Ski - February 13
Tour the park trails by the warm glow of candlelight. Up to 5 KM of easy and intermediate groomed ski trails will be lit from 6 pm to 9 pm for this magical night of skiing. Along the trail stop to warm up by the fire and roast marshmallows. Return to the visitor center for additional refreshments and musical entertainment. This event is hosted by the Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club and Lake Bemidji State Park. Participants over the age of 16 who will be on skis will need a Minnesota Ski Pass. You can purchase a day ski pass at the office for $6 or an annual ski pass for $20.
2nd Annual Fat Bike Rally - March 5
The second annual Northland Fat Bike Rally is planned to start at 11 a.m. and end by 2:30pm on Saturday, March 5. The rally is free with a requested food or cash donation to the Bemidji Food Shelf. This is a timed but non-competitive event that will begin with a mass start on Lake Bemidji and head up Rocky Point Trail and traverse park trails for either a 10k route or 28k route. Bike rally map. Non-racers are welcome--please come out and learn all about this growing sport! This is the only time during the winter that park trails will be open for fat biking.
Bemidji Snowmobile Trail Ride - March 6
Join us for a fun ride on some local snowmobile trails and see what the Bemidji Area has to offer. We will start by talking a little safety and trail etiquette before heading out. The ride will include a pit stop with snacks and warm drinks. A Snowmobile State Trail sticker is required for all snowmobiles operating on state or grant-in-aid trails ($36/year or $78.50/three-year, available from any DNR licensing center). You must supply your own snowmobile and helmet. Remember to dress warm!
(Updated Feb. 12, 2016)
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.