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Bear Head Lake State Park

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Address: 9301 Bear Head State Park Rd, Ely, MN 55731-8037
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+1 218-235-2520
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The park's namesake 674-acre lake is a prime spot for eyeing wildlife.

The park's namesake 674-acre lake is a prime spot for eyeing wildlife.

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Camping Vacation Paradise

We love this park! It books up quickly for the summer, but it never feels crowded. There is so much to do! Rent canoes, boats, and/or paddleboards. Borrow a FREE fishing or... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2016
Prairie_Walker
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Chisago City, Minnesota
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Chisago City, Minnesota
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6 reviews
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Reviewed August 14, 2016

We love this park! It books up quickly for the summer, but it never feels crowded. There is so much to do! Rent canoes, boats, and/or paddleboards. Borrow a FREE fishing or birding kit for the day. Excellent hiking on maintained trails with beautiful views. Nice beach with shaded picnic area close to a gorgeous trail head center. Trail head... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

The camp sites are small and more exposed than I expected, but the park is nice. You can rent paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, or row boats. There are several places to fish from shore and a nice beach area. There are lots of walking or biking trails.

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Thank silvy1013
Plymouth, Minnesota
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2016

This is one of my two favorite MN State Parks (Other is Jay Cooke). Campground: Awesome Fishing: Solid Ghost of Rick James sightings: Very few. Hiking trails: Very awesome! Refrigerator Magnets: Abundant! Mosquitoes: None! I'm not sure if it was just this park or we hit an anomaly with when we went (Early Aug, 2015), but there was no mosquitoes!... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Camping here was great! The campsites have a good amount of ground cover aside from the trees allowing each campsite to have some privacy (more than 1 would normally get using a drive in campsite)! The restrooms were very well maintained and multiple bathrooms with showers available throughout the park grounds. We spent time enjoying the beach they have, which... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

My friend and I backpacked in about a mile to Blueberry Lake (warning: hills and rough terrain) and stayed for two nights. We were so amazed at the campsite (bear-safe food locker, picnic table, fire pit) and we were in the middle of nowhere! There are only 3 campsites on this lake, and it felt like we had it to... More 

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Levittown New York
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2016

We rented a canoe and spent several hours on this lake - not too many other people. A very easy paddle. Hiked the Blueberry Lake Trail but needed to turn back at about the 1/2 way point, very overgrown. Very secluded - no other hikers and although wildlife was supposed to be abundant, we didn't see any. Very pretty park.

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Brunswick, Missouri
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2016

The campsites are nice and secluded with lots of vegetation and trees all around them. They are tight and hard to get into with a large RV. We have a 40ft 5th wheel and it was hard to get in our spot. Luckily my husband is a very good driver!! The shower house was spotless and the water was perfect... More 

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Ohio
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2016

My husband and I recently hiked to the falls and back. It was a strenuous up and down hill over often very uneven terrain. For all of our effort, the falls were not very dramatic at all. On our return, we saw many people ...some carrying babies with very young children and others in sandals. We don't know how they... More 

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Gonvick, Minnesota
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Bear Head Lake State Park for 4 days. It is a really nice campground, lot of nature to be had. There is no playground for young children but there is a lot of water stuff to do at the beachs. We were in campsite #66 and it was a little tight for our 21' camper but we... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

We loved this State Park! Nice level campsites. Very scenic, lots of boats, canoes and kayaks. Good hiking. Lots of programs with good bird watching. Quiet, with plenty of shower facilities. The loons singing every day were awesome!

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