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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 #6 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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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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103 reviews 103 reviews
42 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Bear Head Lake State Park is still a beautiful park. It has changed quite a bit since I lived in Ely but in a good way. There's a very nice interpretative center, great trails and campsites. They've also added some rental cabins -- primitive cabins - only downfall that I saw to those was that there was no cooking facilities... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The park ranger was rude from the moment we walked in the door. When we asked her if there was anything specific we should see at the park the younger blonde woman stated, "well it's a state park so there there are outdoor things to do." I tried to bite my tongue and be pleasant and asked again if there... More

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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300 reviews 300 reviews
143 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This was the first time I made it to Bear Head Lake State Park and I was pleasently impressed with the park. The trail head center was new and right next to the beach which was amazing. Bear Head Lake is quite beautiful and serene. The beach seemed to be in the perfect spot to really capture the views. I... More

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Saint Paul
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Sites were smaller than at other campgrounds we have stayed at but it was very scenic and the showers were nice.

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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

This was my first time to the park and we had a great time. Some things I wish I had known ahead of time: There are two campgrounds, one with electric sites and one without. I typically choose the campground without electric because they usually have more privacy. However, at this park that is not the case. The electric sites... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Recently took a three day trip with my 8 yr old nephew to Bear Head Lake SP. We stayed at backpack/canoe-in site BP5. The site was very large with great views of the lake and west facing for amazing sunsets. I have been to the Boundary Waters many times and the quality of the scenery and fishing was very similar... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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