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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.GeographyBear 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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  • We make a point to spend a weekend here with friends every yearThe scenery is beyond explanation, you have to see it to truly appreciate it. The cabins are the best part, reserve early  more »
  • The natural surroundings are breathtaking here. We planned on hiking more but we had a very private cabin and spent a great deal of time enjoying the peace and isolation. While we could hear others, w...  more »
  • We arrived on a Saturday afternoon. Park staff were friendly and knowledgeable! Weather was gorgeous, about 70 degrees and sunny. We were in campsite #2. Campsite was full - lots of families, groups o...  more »
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  • The best camping place I've been so far!! Beautiful! The campsites are close but you still have 100% privacy because they are circled in tall trees and bushes. There are tons of docks for fishing and most are zero entry so my small dogs could walk in for a quick swim. Tons of well kept trails for hiking. Sunsets were gorgeous.
  • Very clean campground with nature all around. The staff was great! Lots of activities for kids to do. Overall a great campground.
  • Great State park. Trail center was a day saver when we encountered a random afternoon storm. Rangers, especially at check-in, are too notch. Highest of recommendations!
  • Great affordable getaway in Northern mn. Lots of hiking and sights to see. If you're up in the winter, definitely check out Chilly Dogs Sled Dogs.
  • Absolutely loved this place! It's beautiful and wooded. Will be going back!

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