Bear Head Lake State Park

Trail conditions:

Enjoy your winter recreation at Bear Head Lake State Park. We have classic cross country ski trails, snowshoeing opportunities, access to hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails, and many areas to just relax. The heated Trail Center is a great place to take a break, pick up a map, or enjoy your lunch.

SKIERS- On Sunday, January 19th the Norberg Loop, Beach Trail, and Campground Loops were groomed and are in good to very good condition.

A reminder that your ski pass helps pay for the maintenance and grooming of Bear Head ski trails. Please be sure to purchase your ski pass before coming or at the Park Contact Station. If the Park Contact Station is not open, there are self registration envelopes available at the kiosk.

SNOWMOBILERS- The Taconite Trail and Cub Lake Spur to the Trail Center were freshly groomed on Wednedsay, January 15th and in very good condition. Be cautious as areas like swamps are not completely frozen yet. Bear Head Lake is reported to be slushy.

SNOWSHOERS- Thank you for staying off all parts of the ski trails including Norberg Trail. Seek out your snowshoeing adventures while exploring the heart of the park on Blueberry and Becky Trails.

Thank you and happy winter!

Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 6-11"
Trail mileage: 7.0
Difficulty: beg. to int. (track)  
Trail conditions: very good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 5-12"
Trail mileage: 0.0

The trail(s):
This trail provides rolling topography through birch and pine stands. You may see a variety of wildlife ranging from deer, wolves, ruffed grouse, and pine martens.
You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling.


  • A warming area is located in the Trail Center.
  • Ski passes are sold from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the park office when staff are available. Ski passes are are available for self-registration when the park office is not open.
  • Snowshoe rentals are available at the park office.
  • Winter camping is available. Five heated camper cabins and a Guest House are available year round. Contact park office for further details.

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Last updated on January 22, 2020. Local snow depth is 22-26".

Getting there

9301 Bear Head State Road
Ely, MN 55731

From Tower, go east on MN Highway 169 for 9 miles to County Highway 128. Follow this road south 7 miles to the park.From Ely, go west on MN Highway 169 to County Highway 128. Follow this road south 7 miles to the park.

Parking is located in the picnic areas of the park.


Phone: 218-235-2520
Email: [email protected]
Contact hours are sporadic. The best times to call are between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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