Bear Head Lake State Park

Trail conditions:

Enjoy the pines, spruce and firs of Bear Head Lake State Park exploring the classic ski trails. On Thursday, December 5th track was set from the Contact Station to the Trail Center, the Beach Trail and two campground loops with good results. We hope to groom this route again the weekend of December 13-15.

Norberg Lake Loop needs more snow in order to groom.

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.

Thank you and happy winter!

Trail conditions: fair
Trail groomed? partially
Trail base: 3-5"
Trail mileage: 7.0
Difficulty: beg. to int. (track)  
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 3-6"
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 12, 2019. Local snow depth is 15-19".

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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