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Bear Head Lake State Park

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Address: 9301 Bear Head State Park Rd, Ely, MN 55731-8037
Phone Number:
+1 218-235-2520

The park's namesake 674-acre lake is a prime spot for eyeing wildlife.

The park's namesake 674-acre lake is a prime spot for eyeing wildlife.

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Peaceful but busy park

Would give the place 5 stars but the place was very busy with campers. This is what to expect though at peak tourist season. Very beautiful park!!

Reviewed 27 March 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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100 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

Would give the place 5 stars but the place was very busy with campers. This is what to expect though at peak tourist season. Very beautiful park!!

Thank MandySSS
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

We visited the park in October and there were not many people. Very good sites. Easy to rent a boat and a trolling motor. You can change battery if needed during your rent period. Mature pine trees and fresh air is a big plus! Ely attractions are just ~ 20 minutes drive.

Thank Yaroslav P
Pearl City, Illinois
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107 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

What a great place to visit for those who enjoy nature. It's a wilderness wooded area that encompasses a couple lakes with very well maintained roads and a trail head log building that looks like it should be in architecture digest. This building is fully furnished with bathrooms that rival the best of public facilities. Also for MN residents no... More 

Thank Kurt M
Flagstaff, Arizona
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Beautiful park and scenery, we had good weather and the bugs were mostly non-existent. The handicap toilet was out of order the whole Labor Day weekend and we had to wait to use the facilities many times.

Thank poskoog
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 August 2016

The Campsites are a little small and close together but once we went out on the hiking trails and kayaking it felt like we had the park to ourselves.

Thank BrianSchmitt2015
Platteville, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We camped at Bear head lake state park in site 25. We would not choose this site again as it is on a corner and a little noisy and not as secluded as others. We would choose sites 55, 39 or 58. Bear head lake has much water available nearby to fish and kayak. Two trout lakes Cub and Norberg... More 

4 Thank MGM777
McLean, Virginia
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346 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a great state park. Getting a campsite online, renting a canoe, getting firewood, having a good place to park the car--all this was so easy, hard to believe. The staff people at the park are nice and helpful, and we went from the entrance to being on the lake in about a half hour. The eagles were completely... More 

2 Thank Bruce M
Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota
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83 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We live about 45 minutes away from Bear Head Lake State Park and prefer to go there as the water is clear and clean. It is a great place to go to have a picnic lunch, walk the trails and go for a swim.

1 Thank Allison B
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52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We spend a lot of time in Minnesota State Parks, this was our first visit to Bear Head. I did make our reservation in early April, was not able to get a full week without moving sites, so we chose Monday through Saturday for our trip. We arrived at the park, excited for our stay. We could not believe the... More 

2 Thank Shbrri85
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed for a week in the guest house. There were 10 of us at $130 a day so it was very affordable. The house had plenty of room and was comfortable. My sister and I hiked every morning on the various trails at Bear Head S.P. There are some beautiful sights of the various lakes. The bugs were basically... More 

4 Thank Quillerine

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