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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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Good Kayaking and fishing

Huge lake, only paddled the bay at the state park, nice and calm. Even caught a few fish not trying... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2017
Bismarck, North Dakota
via mobile
So lucky

We are so lucky to have beautiful state parks and this is one of them. We were here at peak leaf... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Minneapolis, 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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“hiking trails” (7 reviews)
“trout” (5 reviews)
“eagles nest” (4 reviews)
9301 Bear Head State Park Rd, Ely, MN 55731-8037
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Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Huge lake, only paddled the bay at the state park, nice and calm. Even caught a few fish not trying very hard. Canoes and kayaks available at the boat ramp. Nice campgrounds.

Thank nternes
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We are so lucky to have beautiful state parks and this is one of them. We were here at peak leaf showing. The park has lots to offer. You need to plan ahead. Cabins rent out a year ahead. The lake is beautiful. You can...More

Thank janet201413
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Great hiking and paddling. Easy access to the trails and the water. The leaves were changing so it was breathtaking.

Thank worldsojourners
Reviewed 7 September 2017

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 19 August 2017

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
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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.