Cruise the lake (Not available at this time.)
Hop aboard the park pontoon and explore Lake Bemidji from the water. Each week, naturalist-led pontoon tours take visitors on the water to explore the local history of the lake and the great Mississippi River. These are popular programs and can fill up fast, so advance registration is required.
Explore the bog
The quarter-mile Bog Walk boardwalk will take you right into the unique conifer bog to uncover some of Minnesota’s most unusual plants – insect-eating pitcher plants, sphagnum moss and orchids, just to name a few. The interpretive displays along the boardwalk help you identify them. Allow an hour or two to explore, and note that there’s a one-mile hike to the boardwalk.
Play and swim
Play and swim – what more do you need? A popular spot in the park — the playground — offers swings, slides, a spiral staircase, hand rings and more! The beach is just a short walk away. The long sandy shores are perfect for lounging on a summer day, and buoys mark off a swimming area away from boaters. You’ll find restrooms and a picnic area nearby.
Take in a show
There are lots of programs and special events happening every day at the park, with something for all ages. The amphitheater provides the perfect outdoor venue for summer concerts, theater performances and campfire programs. Visit the naturalist programs and other activities page for a complete list or inquire at the park office.
Stop by the visitor center
You’ll find the visitor center in the lower level of the park office. Kids will love watching the fish in the aquarium, climbing inside the life-size beaver lodge or checking out the touch-screen computer displays. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, the visitor center is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon.
Extra fun: Travel the Paul Bunyan State Trail
Lake Bemidji State Park is the northern trailhead for the Paul Bunyan State Trail. At 112 paved miles (from Bemidji to Brainerd with a connection to Crow Wing State Park opening soon), this trail is one of the longest paved trails in the United States. The trail is also a geocacher’s paradise, with more than 40 geocaches within biking distance of the park. No bike? No problem! Bikes are available to rent in the City of Bemidji. Stop by the Visitor Center in the park for suggestions on family-friendly routes to explore.