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Hayes Lake State Park

Some days it's just you, loons, and moose, while you traverse around Hayes Lake. Fed by the north fork of the Roseau River, the lake supports crappie, sunfish, large mouth bass, and northern. Birdwatchers have spotted over 200 species in or near the park. The summer is perfect to look for orchids, gentians, and blueberries (you can pick the berries, but not the flowers). Visitors also enjoy swimming and canoeing in the lake, along with camping. Trails for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding connect with the Beltrami Island State Forest.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert

The campground is not yet open for the summer season. It will be open for camping beginning May 6th, with water on by May 13th.

Beginning in May 2016, you will be able to make a same-day reservation at many locations, and reserve every campsite at every state park and recreation area. Learn more.

Horse Trails

Horse Trails are closed due to wet trail conditions.

(Updated March 11, 2016)

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Bemis Hill Forest Campground:

Hayes Lake State Park also manages the Bemis Hill Forest Campground and day-use area located 6 miles northeast of the park.

Group Camp:

The Group Camp at this park can be reserved by calling the park. Group camp reservations can be made from three to 365 days in advance.

Motor Use on Hayes Lake:

Hayes Lake is contained completely within the boundaries of Hayes Lake State Park, thus motor use on Hayes Lake is restricted to electric motors only.

Friends of Hayes Lake State Park:

The Friends of Hayes Lake State Park are actively seeking new members! Membership is open to individuals and organizations interested in supporting Hayes Lake State Park through park improvement projects and volunteer activities. Call the park at 218-425-7504 for membership information.

Gift Cards:

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Hayes Lake State Park.


Get the Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. for Hayes Lake State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Scenic Views: Grefthen Bay Overlook

tree Hayes Dam Area

tree New Bog Boardwalk

tree History Trail

tree Great Wildlife Observation

tree Timberwolves


Best time to contact the park:

Office hours will vary, but weekends are best. If no one is available, please leave a message or call Lake Bronson State Park 218.754.2200.


48990 County Road 4
Roseau, MN 56751

tel: 218-425-7504

email: hayeslake.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Entrance to the park is 15 miles south of the town of Roseau on State Highway 89, then 9 miles east on Roseau County Road 4.