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.
Hours & DatesPhone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) Apr–Sep, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily; Oct–Mar, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon – Fri and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat & Sun
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
- 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 126 reviews
We stayed at one of the heated cabins. How horrible. First, the road into the park was lined with huge trees and rocks, very dangerous, IMO. When we got to the cabin, the thermostat was set at 50 but...
— John W, March 6, 2021
We went here during Covid, Trail Center not open and I think the bathroom was inside there.
We did the kind of main hike from trail center to Norberg Lake and then back along Black Bear Lake. It was...
— Experiencemattn, September 15, 2020
Wonderful place to do some hiking or being on the lake. Beautiful. Saw many wild animals, deer, forest chickens(as my hubby called them), and foxes
— Penny S, August 26, 2020
We stayed in backpack site #1 in early August. It’s about a 1 mile hike (one way) to the site from the parking lot for backpack campers. The hike starts off pretty flat, but about halfway through...
— somamoons, August 17, 2020
We first visited this park on a late fall day. It snowed on us both nights we camped here. The trail shelter was the finest I’ve ever seen and was so nice to warm up in. The lakeshore and trails...
— alleng579, December 18, 2019