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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 670acre 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.
Bear Head Lake State Park is located in Saint Louis County, 19mi southwest of Ely; and 18mi east of Tower. The park is located 6 miles south of the junction of State Highway 169 (MN 169) and County Road 128 in Eagles Nest Township. The park entrance is located on County Road 128. Elevation ranges from 1450to. The Laurentian Divide crosses the southern end of the park.
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  • Well, where do I start? There's so many amazing things I could say. I guess i could start by talking about the long walk in the dark I had to get to this camp site, not only with a 50 pound pack, but ...  more »
  • This is one of the best state parks in Minnesota. The trails are well kept up, and the fact there are a couple small lakes within it makes for great hiking. The sunsets on Eagles Nest lake alone are w...  more »
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  • Bear Head Lake State Park is nothing short of a Minnesota treasure. Providing miles of beautiful trails that traverse though tall red and white pine forests, scenic lake views around every corner, and an abundance of wildlife, you're sure to find the adventure you seek. A stay in the camper cabins is the perfect cozy option for the cold winter days. The Park Rangers are incredibly knowledgeable about the area and are a wonderful resource for discovering the many wonders of the park. This park is a must stop for anyone seeking adventure, solitude, and memories that will last a lifetime!
  • A gorgeous state park. Went for a walk on a ski trail (and was careful not to disturb the tracks). Quiet. Gorgeous winter wonderland.

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