Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Bear Head Lake State Park

Trail conditions:

Cross country ski track set on Saturday, March 18th with good results on the campground loops, Norberg Lake Loop, and the Beach Trail.

Norberg Trail winds its way through several large stands of white and Norway pines while showcasing our names sake, Bear Head Lake, and one of our designated trout lakes, Norberg. Norberg Loop is our most challenging groomed ski trail with several steep hills.

REMINDER: It is unlawful to walk, snowshoe, have pets, or destroy any part of the groomed ski trails in any manner.

Snowshoers are welcome to explore anywhere besides the groomed ski trails. Snowshoers have been enjoying Becky Lake and Blueberry Lake Loops.

Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 2-5"
Trail mileage: 7
Difficulty: beg. to int. (track)  
Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 1-5"
Trail mileage: 4

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.


  • 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 March 18, 2023. Local snow depth is 22-24".

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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