Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Bear Head Lake State Park

Trail conditions:

Campground loops and part of the Beach Trail was groomed on Saturday, January 22nd.

Two feet of snow is needed to groom Norberg Lake Loop.

The pinelands of Bear Head Lake State Park are beautiful with a white blanket of snow covering the forest floor and accenting the beautiful needled green boughs. 2022 is a great year to come visit for the day or overnight.

Trail conditions: fair
Trail groomed? partially
Trail base: 1-3"
Trail mileage: 7
Difficulty: beg. to int. (track)  
Trail conditions: very good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 2-4"
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.


  • Ski passes are are available for self-registration envelope at the office kiosk.
  • 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 26, 2022. Local snow depth is 15-18".

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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