Lake Bemidji State Park
This park is the perfect playground any time of year, offering visitors swimming, boating, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, camping, biking, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and year-round naturalist-led activities.
Hikers can explore the beauty of a tamarack bog carpeted with showy lady's slippers, pitcher plants, dragon's mouth, grass pink, and insect-eating sundews. Most flowers are blooming in the bog during late spring and early summer.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
Deer hunts at Lake Bemidji State Park from October to December.
A special youth hunt is restricted to portion of the park, during October 16 through October 18. A map will be sent to participants. View map The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the deer hunt.
Hunting during regular firearms season is during November 7 through November 10. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the regular firearms deer hunt.
Muzzleloader season is during December 4 through December 6. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the muzzleloader deer hunt.
An archery hunt administered by the city of Bemidji is held September 13 through December 31 only in the southern unit of the park. The park will be open to visitors and hunters with a valid special hunt permit during the archery deer hunt. This hunt is administered by the City of Bemidji.
For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.
(Updated Oct. 6, 2015)
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
This Week at the Park:
There are lots of programs and special events happening every day at the park, with something for all ages! Here's this week's schedule.
Things to see and do at the park:
Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park!
Podcasts and Other Extras:
Free WiFi is available in the campground and Visitors Center.
Lake Bemidji State Park also manages the Gulch Lake Forest Campground and day-use area, 25 miles south of Bemidji in the Paul Bunyan State Forest. These are rustic campgrounds that have a fee of $14 per night per site. For current information call the park office at 218-308-2300.
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 Lake Bemidji State Park.
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
Bird Checklist at Lake Bemidji State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
3401 State Park Road Northeast
Bemidji, MN 56601
10 minutes north of Bemidji off Highway 71 N. Watch for and follow park signage.