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Bear Head Lake State Park, Ely

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Bear Head Lake State Park is a state park of Minnesota, United States, providing ready access to outdoor recreation in the Boundary Waters region. It boasts scenery similar to the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, with the added conveniences of road access, modern facilities, and motorboating. The most popular visitor activities are boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking. The park entirely surrounds 670-acre (270 ha) Bear Head Lake and three other fishing lakes. It was established in 1961 in Saint Louis County near Ely, Minnesota. The park also contains the woodlands surrounding the lakes, which gives an entire total of about 5,540 acres. The park also shares a large border with Bear Island State Forest.

In September 2010, Bear Head Lake State Park was voted "America's Favorite Park" in a major online poll. The little-known park, not even among Minnesota's most popular, won in a surprise landslide, capturing 28% of the more than 5.7 million votes. The strong showing was credited to the online fan community of mother and cub black bears, featured on a popular webcam, whose territory included the park.
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  • Located outside of Ely, MN, a launching spot for BWCA adventures, Bearhead offers lakes and hikes in the great north woods of Minnesota. The group site provides privacy for your group on a beautiful.....  more
    Located outside of Ely, MN, a launching spot for BWCA adventures, Bearhead offers lakes and hikes in the great north woods of Minnesota. The group site provides privacy for your group on a beautiful.....  more »
  • Had amazing time snow shoeing on Norberg Lake trail. Trails was beautiful and well marked. Parked off main road before getting to park office. If you don’t have a state park sticker- easy to pay... 
    Had amazing time snow shoeing on Norberg Lake trail. Trails was beautiful and well marked. Parked off main road before getting to park office. If you don’t have a state park sticker- easy to pay...  more »
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  • We came here to explore a lake on our canoes. We wanted a little day trip that had pretty pines and a few islands to explore. This place was perfect for my family. My kids enjoyed exploring the shores/islands and even found a little swimming hole to play around in. This lake has several parts to it. Some fit for motor boats and others best fit for canoes (due to the rocks). Some parts have homes on it and others don't. I recommend calling the State Park to see what area is best to launch at. We only saw 3 other boaters on our day trip..very nice!
  • Get out on the lake if you can

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