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Bear Head Lake State Park

9301 Bear Head State Park Rd, Ely, MN 55731-8037
+1 218-235-2520
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This is a beautiful park.

My Daughter and I stayed here for a Mothers day getaway . We rented a camper cabin . The scenery in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rebecca K
East Bethel, Minnesota
Great camping,

Bearhead Lake is a beautiful place to kayak or canoe. They have both for rent. The campsites are... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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The park's namesake 674-acre lake is a prime spot for eyeing wildlife.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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9301 Bear Head State Park Rd, Ely, MN 55731-8037
+1 218-235-2520
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Daughter and I stayed here for a Mothers day getaway . We rented a camper cabin . The scenery in the park is stunning, lots of options for hiking . Very peaceful and relaxing overall .

Thank Rebecca K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bearhead Lake is a beautiful place to kayak or canoe. They have both for rent. The campsites are a good size, with plenty of room between them.

Thank suelarock
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We make a point to spend a weekend here with friends every yearThe scenery is beyond explanation, you have to see it to truly appreciate it. The cabins are the best part, reserve early

Thank viking226
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The natural surroundings are breathtaking here. We planned on hiking more but we had a very private cabin and spent a great deal of time enjoying the peace and isolation. While we could hear others, we could not see anyone with our van parked in...More

Thank Wendy D
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We arrived on a Saturday afternoon. Park staff were friendly and knowledgeable! Weather was gorgeous, about 70 degrees and sunny. We were in campsite #2. Campsite was full - lots of families, groups of fisherman, etc. Our kids, 8 & 4, enjoyed this trip immensely....More

Thank artsynina
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!!

1  Thank MandySSS
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...More

Thank Yaroslav P
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...More

1  Thank Kurt M
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.

1  Thank poskoog
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.

2  Thank BrianSchmitt2015
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Therese Lanfran... H
10 August 2017|
Response from Wendy D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, dogs on leashes were everywhere when we were there; however, pets are not permitted in the cabins. So if you are staying in a camper cabin, your pet would need to sleep in your vehicle.
Shveta S
30 June 2016|
Response from Ben A | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry but I do not know. The Ranger at the front desk was helpful and they should know. We hiked by one of the group sites, but did not look around.