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Bear Head Lake State Park

9301 Bear Head State Park Rd, Ely, MN 55731
218-365-7229
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Ranked #3 of 12 attractions in Ely
Type: State Parks, Bodies of Water
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Fishing, Camping
Description: The park's namesake 674-acre lake is a prime spot for eyeing wildlife.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is an absolutely beautiful park. The main lake is surrounded by pine trees and great for canoeing or kayaking. They can be rented for $15 for 4 hours or $25 for a whole day. It was our first time ever camping together but despite our inexperience we were able to paddle around almost the entire Bear Head Lake within... More

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Princeton, Minnesota, USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We had a wonderful experience on our first camping trip with our new trailer. The sites are wonderfully set up, with trees and shrubs between the sites to give more privacy. The trails and the boat launch were well maintained and easy to use. The shower facilities were cleaned daily and well maintained.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We visited this beautiful state park on the weekend of June 7 and 8, 2014 with my hubby and mother in law. We had booked a tent drive in campsite which was about 100 ft away from Bear Head Lake. The Campgrounds are very well planned and laid out as each site is well separated from other with lots of... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We have been to several state parks in Minnesota, but for us, this one ranks as the BEST so far. WE LOVE IT! The campgrounds are meticulously well kept and every single person who works here is PROUD to work and live here and it shows! No matter what site you get, it will not be a bad site and... More

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Ely, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Tucked away in the beautiful northwoods, the park is full of great skiing/hiking trails and nice campsites. Close enough to the Soudan Underground Mine or Ely attractions if it's a cool and rainy day, but there's plenty to do here anytime!

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minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We camped in a tent & enjoyed having plenty of trees around to keep us secluded from the neighbors. We were close to the lake for a nice walk. Granted we were there in the fall, but the beach area looked very nice. We caught the fall colors coming to peak, so it was awesome.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We camped at Bear Head State park for three days early September and couldn't have asked for more. These sites are private, level and well shaded. You are allowed to fish without a liscense if you are a Minnesota resident as it is totally on the state park grounds. There are plenty of hiking trails nearby as well as biking... More

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minneapolis
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126 reviews 126 reviews
18 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This park is wonderful, so much to do and see! We loved the area and will definitely return. GROUP SITE: This is probably THE BEST group site I've ever camped in MN. There is one group site and it is HUGE! I believe it accommodates up to 50 people. There is a main site that could hold a dozen tents... More

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Minneapolis
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I stayed at Backpacking site B3. It was beautiful, quiet, well shaded with a lake view. But... the camp pad was slanted which made for very bad sleeping, the lake view was obstructed, and it was a 40 min hike to get there over uneven terrain. (Only 25 min to get out, I always hike faster on my way out.)... More

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Westbrook, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I have been going to Bear Head for years and years now. This is one of my favorite state parks. It is well worth even a day trip with the family if you are in the area. I can't wait until the new center is complete!

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