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Bear Head Lake State Park

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Where to go: DONT MISS IT! Maple leaves are quickly changing to their autumn color display. Each day one can notice that the leaves are quickly transforming to showcase natures beauty. Brilliant yellow and deep red maple leaves are peeking out from between the green broadleaves on the Bear Head State Road and in the campground.

What you'll see: The winding road into the park is flecked with red, yellow, orange, and green deciduous leaves, swaying grasses, and needles of red and white pine. Balsam poplars are a golden brown.

Also of interest: Come and explore Bear Head Lake State Park during this fantastic time of the year. The wildlife is ramping up for the winter. Pesky insects are not as common. Asters and pearly everlasting are speckling the forest floor. The cool nights make for great campfire conditions.

Last updated: September 19, 2014 

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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:

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


Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

October - Memorial Day weekend:

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