Trail Snow Report

Bear Head Lake State Park

Trail conditions:

Winter is here at Bear Head Lake State Park after the snow has found its home on the forest floor and the cold encompasses the frozen crystals. The forest is a great place for a peaceful walk, snowshoe, or ski with the occasional caw of a raven, chickadee call, or howl of a grey wolf to greet you. The mature Norway and White Pines have white accents as you traverse the beautiful mixed forest.

Norberg Lake Trail 5 k was groomed on Friday, February 15th and is in fair condition. This loop is a fantastic way to explore overlooks on Bear Head Lake and one of our two designated trout lakes, Norberg.

Please take note that is unlawful to walk, snowshoe, bring pets, fat tire bike, or destroy groomed ski trails in any manner. Walking and snowshoeing have many opportunities in the park with the only restrictions being the groomed ski trails. Many snowshoers have been exploring the park via Becky and Blueberry Lake Trails. There are many reports of wildlife sign on these backcountry trails from the likes of gray wolf, red fox, pine marten, white tailed deer, and snowshoe hare. Need snowshoes? Rent a pair from the park office for six dollars a day. Be sure to call the park office for staff availability- 218-235-2521.

Snowmobile trails were groomed on Saturday, February 16th and are in very good condition. Jump on your sled and take a spin.

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: fair
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 6-7"
Trail mileage: 7.0
Difficulty: beg. to int. (track)  
Trail conditions: very good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 6-8"
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 February 16, 2019. Local snow depth is 25-28".

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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