Bear Head Lake State Park

State: Minnesota

Address 1: 9301 Bear Head State Park Road

City: Ely

Zip: 55731

Phone: 218-365-7229

Open: Open all year

Open all Year: Yes

Number of Sites: 79

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

Secluded in the Northwoods, this park contains pristine lakes; it is home to black bears, nesting eagles, wolves and moose. Stands of white and red pine trees tower over the birch, aspen and fir trees. Located just south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the park shares a similar wilderness quality. Explore miles of shoreline by canoe. Swim at the beach, picnic in the shelter building, or fish for walleye, bass, crappies or trout. Trails in the park link-up with the Taconite State Trail and offer snowmobilers, skiers and hikers plenty to enjoy. Rent a three-bedroom guest house or camper cabin any season of the year.

Drive-in Sites
73 Semi-Modern Sites
One campground, in wooded area. Fairly secluded sites.

Electric Sites
45 Sites
One campground in wooded area (two loops in same campground as drive-in sites). Fairly secluded. In winter, 3 of these sites remain available for camping.

RV Length Limit
60 Feet
Length measures from front of tow vehicle to rear of vehicle being towed.

Backpack Sites
4 Sites
Located from 3/4 mile to 2 miles from parking area.

Canoe Sites
2 Sites
One of the 5 backpack sites is accessible by canoe. One additional site is accessible only by boat or canoe.

Group Camp
1 Site – Accommodates up to 50 people
Site is located on the east bay of Bear Head Lake and accommodates tents only. Hand pump for water, vault toilet, and bear-proof food lockers on site. Camp open through the end of September.
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Camper Cabins
5 Cabins
Sleeps 5-6, 2 cabins are handicapped accessible. Available year-round. Located in campground. Pets not allowed. More information on camper cabins.