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.
New Group Camp Coming Fall 2014
Looking for a new camping option for your group? The new Lavinia Group Camp will have something for everyone. A large area is available for tent campers, plus there will be five sites with electric hook-up for RVs and trailers. There will be a 22x30 foot covered picnic shelter and a large fire ring for gatherings. Water will also be available on site. Location will be private and secluded, perfect for your next family or group gathering. Construction has begun and the site should be ready for reservations in late October 2014. Call the park for further updates, and check out the design plans for the new campground.
Some heavy equipment will be moving through the Pine and Birch Lane loops of the campground during construction of the new Lavinia Group Camp. Hours of work are 8 am to 6 pm only, Monday-Thursday. No construction occurs on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Thanks for your patience while this great new facility is being built!
Fish Hawk Trail Reopened
The Fish Hawk Trail is now open again. The Fish Hawk Trail was temporarily closed for resource management actions which included logging. Bark beetle killed jack pine were removed along with stunted hardwoods to prepare the site for jack pine re-forestation. As similar woodlands have been converted to agriculture or planted to other species such as red pine, interest in maintaining jack pine woodlands has increased. Several birds and animals rely on jack pine woodland, which is a critically imperiled system in Minnesota. Logging activities overlapped with parts of the trail so wooden stakes have been placed to mark the original route. Please follow these stakes to avoid traveling off-trail.
State Park Deer Hunts
There will be deer hunts at Lake Bemidji State Park from October to December. A special youth hunt is restricted to portion of the park, during October 18 through October 19. A map will be sent to participants.
Hunting during regular firearms season is during November 8 through November 11.
Muzzleloader season is during December 5 through December 7.
An archery hunt administered by the city of Bemidji is held September 13 through December 31 only in the southern unit of the park.
The park will remain open to the public during the hunt.
For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.
Last updated September 16, 2014
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.