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.
Summer Naturalist Corps jobs
Know a young person who wants to become a naturalist? The seasonal Naturalist Corps jobs are hiring now!
1st Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally
The 1st Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally is planned for Sunday, March 1st. All park trails will be open for fat biking, and 10k and 28k events will be cosponsored by the Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers, Northern Cycle and Karvakko Engineering. Come out and learn all about this growing sport! Beginners will also have the opportunity to try a bike with a free demo ride. This is the only day during the winter that park trails will be open for fat biking. For more details, see the park's Events Calendar or call 218-308-2300.
New Group Camp Coming for 2015
Looking for a new camping option for your group? The new Lavinia Group Camp will have something for everyone. A large area is available for tent campers, plus there will be five sites with electric hook-ups for RVs and trailers. There will be a 22x30 foot covered picnic shelter and a large fire ring for gatherings. Water will also be available on site. Location will be private and secluded, perfect for your next family or group gathering. Construction is underway and this Visitor Alert will be updated when reservations become available. Call the park for further information, and check out the design plans for the new campground.(Updated January 14, 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.