Trail Snow Report

Bear Head Lake State Park

Trail conditions:

Norberg Lake Loop, Campground Loops, and Beach Trail had classic ski track set on Tuesday, February 27. REMINDER it is unlawful to damage groomed ski track e.g. no walking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, river dancing, etc. on groomed ski tracks. Snowmobile trails are getting a little brown on hills and corners. There is still a decent base on the majority of the trails.

Conditions: fair
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 1-4"
Groomed mileage: 7.0
Difficulty: beg. to int. (track)  
Conditions: fair
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 1-5"
Groomed 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.


  • 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 March 17, 2018. Local snow depth is 0-14".

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.

More Info

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