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Scenic State Park

With its pristine lakes, virgin pines, swimming beach, and wilderness-like setting, Scenic State Park is well deserving of its name. Here, visitors can hike the Chase Point Trail for hypnotic views of Coon and Sandwick Lakes and listen to the wind whistle through the giant pines. The park's overnight facilities include campsites (boat-in, drive-in, backpack), and a cabin. The historic lodge houses interpretive displays.

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Visitor Alert

Storm Damage Alert

Scenic State Park experienced a major storm in the early morning hours of Aug 4th. All drive in and boat in campsites are open as are the cabin and historic lodge. Electricity, phones, showers, and toilets have been restored. At this time, trail assessments are not complete, but many trees are down and cleanup will take time. The trail to the park's geocache has numerous trees down. The trail is clear to the remote hike-in sites. We appreciate your patience as staff work hard to clean up the damage.(updated 8/11 1:38 PM)

Chase Point Trail is being repaired. Visitors are welcome to hike the trail but the very end of the trail is closed until repairs are completed. Please stay behind the barriers for your safety and so repair work may progress.

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

(Updated August 10, 2016)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
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Activities for Everyone:

We now offer Kids' Discovery Kits, Birding Kits, and Fishing Kits. Visitors can check these kits out at the park office for free. For more information contact the park office.

Scenic State Park bird checklist. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Camping and lodging available at the park:

Camping is available from April 1-November 23. See cabin details.

State Forest Campgrounds:

Scenic State Park also manages the Bear Lake, Larson Lake, Lost Lake, Owen Lake, Button Box, Thistledew, Cottonwood Lake and Moose Lake campgrounds inside the George Washington State Forest and Bowstring State Forests. For information on these units, please contact the Scenic State Park office at (218) 743-3362.

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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 Scenic State Park.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Scenic State Park

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Hiking

tree Virgin Pines

tree Peaceful Setting

tree Fishing/Canoeing

tree Historic CCC Buildings


Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend:

9:30 am - 6 pm

Sept. 2nd through Oct. 20th:

8:30am - 4:00pm Fri - Sat; 8:30am - 4pm intermittently Mon - Thurs

Winter Office Hours:

9 - 4 Intermittently


56956 Scenic Highway 7
Bigfork, MN 56628

tel: 218-743-3362

email: scenic.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Located 7 miles east of Bigfork on County Road 7. Also 32 miles north of Hwy 169.