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Where to go: Final report for the 2013 season: Most of the deciduous leaves have fallen from the trees in Bear Head Lake State Park. This is a great time of year to observe wildlife as one can see quite a ways through the forest while hiking the trails.

What you'll see: A variety of wildlife has been observed lately. The spruce and ruffed grouse have been frequently seen on the gravel roads. Many guests have been noticing deer moving throughout the park. There has been much gray wolf sign on the roads.

Also of interest: Come and check out the new Trail Center! Also take advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoy the Bear Head Lake picnic area.

Last updated: October 24, 2013 

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Getting there

9301 Bear Head State Park Road
Ely, MN 55731

From the town of Tower, go east on U.S. Highway 169, 9 miles to St. Louis County Highway 128. Take Highway 128 south 7 miles to the contact station.


Phone: 218-365-7229

Email: bearhead.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

June - Labor Day:

Wednesdays- Mondays, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Tuesdays 9 a.m. -8p.m.


Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

October - Memorial Day weekend:

Intermittent between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.