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Zippel Bay State Park

After visiting Zippel Bay, you’ll remember the sunsets and the miles of white sand beach. The park is located on Lake of the Woods, one of the world’s largest lakes. The mood of the lake is always changing, from approaching storms that bring three-foot-high crashing waves and lightning flashes to an eerie stillness, broken only by the faint calls of a thousand raucous gulls, out of sight in the lake’s interior. In summer, the 3,000-acre park offers a swimming beach and picnic area on the big lake, drive-in campsites and a group camp, a marina on Zippel Bay and a stone jetty providing protected access to Lake of the Woods.

Birding is excellent—be sure to watch for sandhill cranes and piping plovers. In the winter, three miles of snowmobile trail provide access to the lake, which snowmobilers will find dotted with fish houses making virtual towns on the ice. Seven miles of groomed cross-country trails wind to the lakeshore through jack pine, birch, and open fields.

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Visitor Alert!

High Water Related Information

The marina - including boat launch and docks - is open.

The fishing pier at Zippel Bay is closed due to water over the trail.

The beach portion of the Hiking Club trail at Zippel Bay is currently underwater - please use caution if accessing this trail.

updated 6/27/14

Park Highlights

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Best time to contact the park:

Fall & Winter: Office hours vary. If no one is available, please leave a message.

Spring & Summer:The office will be staffed most weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


3684 54th Avenue Northwest
Williams, MN 56686

tel: 218-783-6252

email: zippelbay.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

From the west end of Baudette, take Highway 172, 10 miles north to County Road 8. Go west on 8 for 6 miles to the park entrance.