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Address: 9301 Bear Head State Park Rd, Ely, MN 55731
Phone Number: 218-365-7229
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Activities: Fishing, Viewing wildlife, Camping
Description: The park's namesake 674-acre lake is a prime spot for eyeing wildlife.

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Fun and Interesting Hiking

We spent the week at a cabin on Eagles Nest Lakes and did not want to walk on the road. We found out that there is an annual state park pass that costs 5x more than the daily... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Joplin, Missouri
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Joplin, Missouri
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We spent the week at a cabin on Eagles Nest Lakes and did not want to walk on the road. We found out that there is an annual state park pass that costs 5x more than the daily vehicle fee and since we were staying the week we could break even by buying the annual pass then still have the... More 

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cedar rapids
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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Enjoyed camping here and park was pretty. all staff was mean. Trails need work and are below the standard for other mn parks. They allow trunks to have coolers in the back even though bears around. No security in the campground. Canoers have to transport there paddles from office. Mainly instate people around. Lots of traffic and construction coming from... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The state park is very well maintained. They have many hiking trails and boat rentals. All camping sites can be easily reserved online. Bathrooms are kept clean and shower facilities have hot water available 24 hours.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This park has received well-deserved accolades as it has friendly staff, nice (for state park) camping sites and fantastic lakes for canoeing that nearly match the BWCA experience. Close enough to Ely for a drive into town or vist to Bear Center. Next time we would try canoe-in camping site as they look fantastic.

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Junction City, WI
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great campground. Sites have privacy and your not rubbing elbows with the neighbors like at private campgrounds. Only peace and quiet and no drunks buzzing around on noisy golf carts like at those commercial places. The lake is completely undeveloped and is well stocked with game and pan fish. They have a brand new shower building and it is very... More 

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North Branch, Minnesota
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Crystal clear water that was as smooth as a sheet of plate glass, the only sound was the loons calling, perfect sunrise light, any so many wonderful views that I almost threw out the rules of composition and just started snapping pictures!

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Waconia, Minnesota
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Just finished 4 days at Bear Head Lake State Park and it was super awesome. We stayed in one of the Camper Cabins, they are in a nice area specifically set aside for 4 of them, with a clean vault toilet and potable water in the middle. Awesome trails, great scenery, and it is quite awesome to enjoy a lake... More 

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Pequot Lakes
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Nice campground - clean, untouched lake was gorgeous. They offer rentals for kayaks, boats, canoe's and paddle boards. It rained one whole day so headed to the Soudan Mine. We're used to the North Shore campgrounds where more interesting sites, rock climbing and views are the norm. This was plesant but won't return.

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Forest Lake, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Really nice state park campground. Sites are very private. Only issue I had was lack or garbage and recycling area. The only garbage and recycling containers were located very near the entrance. A fairly long walk. Boat ramp and docks were great. Fishing was excellent. Staff that I interacted with were all very friendly and courteous.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Short drive from Ely. This is very pretty state park. Beautiful views of lakes while hiking. The park rents canoes and kayaks too.

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Address: 9301 Bear Head State Park Rd, Ely, MN 55731
Phone Number: 218-365-7229
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Ely

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