Bear Head Lake State Park

       
   

Area and County

    St. Louis County
    Northeast Minnesota
     
 

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Size

5,685 acres statutory, 4,398 owned

 
 
Maps

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Parking

N47 47.670, W92 4.725

 
Hiking Trails

17 miles

The Taconite State Trail, a snowmobile trail, passes through the park.

 
Hunting

No hunting

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Northern Superior Uplands

Subsection(s)  

Border Lakes
Nashwauk Uplands

Land Type Association(s)

Ely - Knife Lake Bedrock Complex

Pike - Sandy River Sand Plain

Whalsten Till Plain

White Iron Lake Bedrock Complex

 
Native Plant Communities1

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Alder Swamp / Forested Peatland Complex

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype

Beaver Wetland Complex

Black Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Swamp (Northeastern)

Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northeastern)

Black Spruce Bog

Black Spruce Bog: Semi-Treed Subtype

Black Spruce Bog: Treed Subtype

Graminoid Poor Fen (Basin)

Graminoid Poor Fen (Water Track)

Graminoid Rich Fen (Basin)

Leatherleaf - Sweet Gale Shore Fen

Low Shrub Bog

Low Shrub Poor Fen

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore)

Lowland White Cedar Forest (Northern)

Northern Cedar Swamp

Northern Dry Cliff

Northern Mesic Mixed Forest

Northern Poor Conifer Swamp

Northern Poor Fen

Northern Shrub Shore Fen

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp

Northern Wet Cedar Forest

Northern Wet Meadow/Carr

Poor Black Spruce Swamp

Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland (Canadian Shield)

Rich Black Spruce Swamp (Basin)

Rich Tamarack - (Alder) Swamp

Sedge Meadow

Upland White Cedar Forest

White Cedar Swamp (Northeastern)

White Pine - Red Pine Forest

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

 
Ownership Minnesota DNR logo        
 
Links

Minnesota DNR

 
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Visits

5/27/2011

           

 

 

 

 

       
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Bear Head Lake State Park

 
     
  Bear Head Lake State Park, Minnesota
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Published on Oct 26, 2013

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  Minnesota State Parks, Loch Ness Visits Bear Head Lake State Park
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Uploaded on Nov 1, 2011

"mikeminnesota" spent 3 days at Bear Head Lake State Park camping & Hiking. Here are some 500 photos to give you some idea what the park in Northern Minnesota, near Ely, Minnesota, BWCA, is all about. The couple days we where there we got to see a forest fire close to Ely, very impressive when we got up close. Check out the fishing boats in the video, 250 horse power motors.

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  BEAR HEAD LAKE STATE PARK - Minnesota
Oct 11, 2020
 
   
 
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Voted "America's Favorite Park" in 2010 by beating out the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we show you why Bear Head attracts both fishing and hiking enthusiasts. We hope you check it out for a 2021 Minnesota camping adventures.

Our thanks to the MN D-N-R, Division of Parks and Trails

Music - Epidemic Sound- Headlund

   
       
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  Bear Head Lake State Park: America's Favorite Park
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Uploaded on Sep 17, 2010

Bear Head Lake State Park in Ely, Minn., won the title of "America's Favorite Park" and $100,000 in a nationwide campaign sponsored by Coca-Cola that ran July 29-Aug. 31, 2010. In addition to the honor, the park received $100,000 from America's State Parks Foundation, a gift made possible by Coca-Cola's Live Positively initiative. Located just south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Bear Head Lake State Park has a similar wilderness quality, as can be seen in this video of the park's pristine forests and shoreline. More information about the park, including reservation information and a virtual tour with 360-degree panoramic photos, can be found on the park web page at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/bear_head_lake/index.html

   
       
  Bear Head Lake spring frogs
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Uploaded on May 24, 2008

Norberg Lake Trail and pond where frogs were in concert on a spring morning in May of 2008

   
       
  Twilight at Bearhead Lake
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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2008

A view of Bearhead Lake at dusk from the group campground on Wednesday, June 18.

   
       

 

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Insects and Arachnids

elm sawfly (Cimbex americana)

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Birds

One tracked species has been seen here:

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist

eBird Field Checklist

 
Fishes

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
Plants

Four plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

 

Special concern

Fernald’s false manna grass (Torreyochloa pallida var. fernaldii)

northern yellow-eyed grass (Xyris montana)

small beggarticks (Bidens discoidea)

yellow sedge (Carex flava)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn43b1

Black Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Swamp (Northeastern) WFn55a

Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northeastern) WFn64a

Black Spruce Bog APn80a

Black Spruce Bog: Semi-Treed Subtype APn80a2

Black Spruce Bog: Treed Subtype APn80a1

Graminoid Poor Fen (Basin) APn91b

Graminoid Poor Fen (Water Track) APn91c

Graminoid Rich Fen (Basin) OPn92a

Leatherleaf - Sweet Gale Shore Fen OPn81b

Low Shrub Bog APn90a

Low Shrub Poor Fen APn91a

Lowland White Cedar Forest (North Shore) WFn53a

Lowland White Cedar Forest (Northern) WFn53b

Northern Cedar Swamp FPn63

Northern Dry Cliff CTn11

Northern Mesic Mixed Forest FDn43

Northern Poor Conifer Swamp APn81

Northern Poor Fen APn91

Northern Shrub Shore Fen OPn81

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp WFn64

Northern Wet Cedar Forest WFn53

Northern Wet Meadow/Carr WMn82

Poor Black Spruce Swamp APn81a

Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp APn81b

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland (Canadian Shield) FDn32a

Rich Black Spruce Swamp (Basin) FPn62a

Rich Tamarack - (Alder) Swamp FPn82a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Upland White Cedar Forest FDn43c

White Cedar Swamp (Northeastern) FPn63a

White Pine - Red Pine Forest FDn43a

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

 

 

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