Trail Snow Report

Bear Head Lake State Park

Trail conditions:

Chomping at the bit to stretch your legs surrounded by crisp air on the seasons early fluffy snow? Dust off your rock skis and try Bear Head Lake State Parks classic tracked ski trails. Traverse some of the most beautiful locations in Northern Minnesota, but pay caution as there are a few areas of exposed ground and natural debris such as twigs and pine needles on the early season trails.

Two campground loops (approximately 2 k) have been groomed on Saturday, December 8th. These beginner friendly loops are in fair condition.

The Beach Trail to the Contact Station (approximately 2 k) is hugged with gorgeous large pines and firs which have shed needles and shelter some parts of the trail from snow. Due to this lack of base, this trail is in poor condition.

It takes approximately two feet of snow to safely groom the 5 k of Norberg Lake Trail. THINK SNOW.

Bear Head Lake State Park has things to do, do you have a place to stay? Consider our six lodging options to have immediate access to your next adventure of skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, ice fishing, or snowmobiling.

Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? partially
Trail base: 0-3"
Trail mileage: 7.0
Difficulty: beg. to int. (track)  
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0-2"
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 December 15, 2018. Local snow depth is 6-8".

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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