Lake Bemidji State Park





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1,728 acres statutory, 1,654 owned


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  Area and County
    County   Beltrami County
    Region   Northwest Minnesota


3401 State Park Road Northeast
Bemidji, MN 56601

N47 32.117, W94 49.606



Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.



Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35



Park and campground maps




Nature photography



Cross country skiing










Wheelchair accessible

2 miles

Self guided/Interpretive

1 mile


0.5 mile to Big Bog Lake


11 miles

Winter hiking

1 mile on paved roads and trails to all overlooks

Paved bike

1.3 miles

Mountain bike

5 miles

Cross country skiing

8 miles groomed


1.3 miles


3 miles


Anywhere in park


Hunting and Fishing

No hunting. The park may hold one or more managed hunts in the fall.

In most cases, Minnesota residents do not need a permit to fish in Minnesota State Parks.


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Section Ecological Section  

Northern Minnesota Drift & Lake Plains

Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

Chippewa Plains

Land Type Association    

Bemidji Sand Plain

Blackduck Moraine


Native Plant Communities*


Aspen - Birch - Red Maple Forest

Jack Pine - (Bush Honeysuckle) Woodland

Jack Pine - (Yarrow) Woodland

Northern Dry-Mesic Mixed Woodland

Northern Poor Conifer Swamp

Northern Rich Alder Swamp

Northern Wet Meadow / Carr

Oak - Aspen - Red Maple Forest

Poor Black Spruce Swamp

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype

Rich Tamarack - (Alder) Swamp

Sedge Meadow

Sedge Meadow: Bluejoint Subtype

* Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources    

Natural Features







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Lake Bemidji State Park   Lake Bemidji State Park
Park Entrance   Boardwalk
Lake Bemidji State Park   Lake Bemidji State Park

Lake Bemidji




Lake Bemidji State Park
Richard Sanders

Lake Bemidji State Park

Lake Bemidji State Park, MN

Lake Bemidji State Park Bog Walk
Angela Shogren


Published on Jul 16, 2013

This is the Bog Walk Boardwalk in Lake Bemidji State Park, Bemidji, MN.

If you'd like to see more from our MN bogs, please feel free to visit my blog, 'Boggy Wonderlands' at

(These photos were all taken by me and are protected under copyright, so please don't use any without my permission. You're welcome to share the video anywhere as long as it's used in it's entirety - thanks!)

Lake Bemidji State Park, Minnesota


Published on Oct 29, 2013

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Bemidji State Park MN
Chris Kratzke


Published on Feb 13, 2014

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A Walk In The Park: Bemidji State Park
A Walk In The Park


Jun 12, 2017

This park is the perfect playground any time of year, offering visitors swimming, boating, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, camping, biking, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and year-round naturalist-led activities.

Shot & Edited by Michael Uss

Snowshoeing on Lake Bemidji


Uploaded on Feb 27, 2012

Tony and I rented snowshoes from Lake Bemidji State Park and explored uncharted territories on this sunny, winter afternoon. The sun felt very warm this day!

Lake Bemidji State Park - Paul Bunyan Trailhead
John Babos


Published on Jul 1, 2013

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Lake Bemidji State Park Camper Cabins - Lakeland News at Ten - May 15, 2012


Published on May 15, 2012

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Sunset on Lake Bemidji. Lake Bemidji State Park
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Published on Jul 10, 2013

Lake Bemidji State Park, Bemidji, Minnesota. July 10th, 2013



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Lane Keller


Franklin’s ground squirrel (Poliocitellus franklinii)   Franklin’s ground squirrel Sightings




Nine bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:


Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)


Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)   Black-capped Chickadee


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List


Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Giant Puffball (Calvatia gigantea)

Trumpet Lichen (Cladonia fimbriata)

  Giant Puffball

Insects and Arachnids

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

Dun skipper (Euphyes vestris)

whirligig beetle (Subfamily Gyrininae)

  whirligig beetle (Subfamily Gyrininae)


American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)   American red squirrel


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


bog adder’s-mouth (Malaxis paludosa)

Special Concern

creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

spiral ditchgrass (Ruppia cirrhosa)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Birch - Red Maple Forest MHn44a

Jack Pine - (Bush Honeysuckle) Woodland FDc24a

Jack Pine - (Yarrow) Woodland FDc23a

Northern Dry-Mesic Mixed Woodland FDn33

Northern Poor Conifer Swamp APn81

Northern Rich Alder Swamp FPn73

Northern Wet Meadow / Carr WMn82

Oak - Aspen - Red Maple Forest MHc26a

Poor Black Spruce Swamp APn81b

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn33a1

Rich Tamarack - (Alder) Swamp FPn82a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Sedge Meadow: Bluejoint Subtype WMn82b1



American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American hazelnut (Corylus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

asparagus (asparagus officinalis)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

bog Labrador tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum)

bog rosemary (Andromeda glaucophylla)

bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis)

boxelder (Acer negundo)

broad-leaved arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

buckbean (Menyanthes trifoliata)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus var. albus)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. rafinesqueanum)

eastern marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris var. pubescens)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy goldenrod (Solidago hispida)

hairy sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack pine (Pinus banksiana)

Kennedy’s blackberry (Rubus kennedyanus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

limber honeysuckle (Lonicera dioica)

liverleaf wintergreen (Pyrola asarifolia ssp. asarifolia)

lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

marsh bellflower (Campanula aparinoides)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

northern purple pitcherplant (Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)

round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

roundleaf serviceberry (Amelanchier sanguinea)

showy lady’s slipper (Cypripedium reginae)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

sphagnum moss (Sphagnum sp.)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

swamp fly honeysuckle (Lonicera oblongifolia)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

tamarack (Larix laricina)

three-leaved false Solomon’s seal (Smilacina trifolia)

water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white bog orchid (Platanthera dilatata var. dilatata)

wild calla (Calla palustris)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agastache foeniculum (blue giant hyssop)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amelanchier sanguinea (roundleaf serviceberry)

Anaphalis margaritacea (pearly everlasting)

Andromeda glaucophylla (bog rosemary)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone americana (round-lobed hepatica)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Calla palustris (wild calla)

Campanula aparinoides (marsh bellflower)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazelnut)

Cypripedium acaule (pink lady’s slipper)

Cypripedium reginae (showy lady’s slipper)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Drosera rotundifolia (round-leaved sundew)

Equisetum fluviatile (water horsetail)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Helianthus hirsutus (hairy sunflower)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Juniperus horizontalis (creeping juniper)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Larix laricina (tamarack)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lonicera dioica (limber honeysuckle)

Lonicera oblongifolia (swamp fly honeysuckle)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lysimachia borealis (northern starflower)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Menyanthes trifoliata (buckbean)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pinus banksiana (jack pine)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Platanthera dilatata var. dilatata (white bog orchid)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Pyrola asarifolia ssp. asarifolia (liverleaf wintergreen)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Rhododendron groenlandicum (bog Labrador tea)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus kennedyanus (Kennedy’s blackberry)

Sagittaria latifolia (broad-leaved arrowhead)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet)

Sarracenia purpurea ssp. purpurea (northern purple pitcherplant)

Setaria viridis (green foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Smilacina trifolia (three-leaved false Solomon’s seal)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Solidago hispida (hairy goldenrod)

Sphagnum sp. (sphagnum moss)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Symphoricarpos albus var. albus (common snowberry)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thelypteris palustris var. pubescens (eastern marsh fern)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Trillium cernuum (nodding trillium)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Vaccinium angustifolium (lowbush blueberry)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. rafinesqueanum (downy arrowwood)


American hazelnut

big bluestem


blue giant hyssop


Canada goldenrod

Canada mayflower


common dandelion

common mullein

common yarrow

early meadow-rue


hoary alyssum

interrupted fern

large-flowered bellwort

lowbush blueberry

northern bedstraw

oxeye daisy

pink lady’s slipper

red clover

showy lady’s slipper

silvery cinquefoil

spreading dogbane

purple meadow-rue

western poison ivy

wild columbine

yellow goat’s beard

zigzag goldenrod






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