Bear Head Lake State Park9301 Bear Head State Park Rd
Ely, MN 55731-8037
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.Get Directions
Experience the beauty of the North at this secluded park on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Listen quietly for the call of the loon, or cast a line in these outstanding fishing waters. 17 mi hiking trails; 9 mi cross-country ski, 1 mi snowmobile trail. Ski trail runs through rugged wilderness with deer, bear, and moose. Maps along trail. Ski pass required. Ski passes sold at park office.
Plenty of camping opportunities can be found at the park year around. In addition to tent and RV campsites, this park offers camper cabins with bunk beds, electricity, simple furnishings, screened porch and deck.
In the winter, try cross country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, or ice fishing.
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
Book an online reservation 24 hours a day. https://reservemn.usedirect.com/MinnesotaWeb/
Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
- Open in summer
On-Site Facilities & Services
- Located on a lake or river
- Canoes or kayaks available
- Cross-country ski trail (groomed)
- Dock space/slips/mooring buoys
- Fishing boat motors available
- Fishing boats available
- Hiking trail
- Lake/river access (boat ramp)
- Snowmobile trail (groomed)
- Snowshoes available
- Swimming beach
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Number/Type of Campsites
- Number of camping cabins: 5
- Number of camping cabins available in winter: 5
- Total number of campsites: 73
- 50 amp
- Camping accessible to disabled
- Flush toilets in campground
- Group camp facilities
- Hot showers in campground
- Pets allowed in campsite
- Sanitary dump station
- Secluded campsites
- State Parks Campgrounds
Length of Stay
- Daily site rental
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 133 reviews
Beautiful, and well-maintained park. Excellent picnic area and beach. Easy canoe rental and beautiful lake. Definitely will return. Excellent hiking as well.
— nancyvT5779WZ, September 6, 2021
Not well marked and over grown but if you have Alltrails it will help tremendously. Quiet back in the woods.
— seetheworld010, August 13, 2021
This is a FANTASTIC State Park if you have a small camper or are a tenting kind of person. Great fishing (lots of small docks to cast from), swimming (what a nice sandy rocky beach!!!!), paddling...
— Angela N, August 12, 2021
This Park has camping, fishing, a swimming beach, and some hiking trails. Speed limit is 10 on the lake. Camping sites are close to each other and wooded. Trail center is newer and really nice...
— may2802, August 4, 2021
There’s a reason Bear Head State Park was voted beat campground in America in 2010. With beautiful tall pines, the state park is surrounded by the peaceful Bear Head Lake. Bring your kayak, paddle...
— cheryld434, July 14, 2021