Bear Head Lake State Park

Visitors to Bear Head Lake State Park, a serene wilderness park near Lake Vermilion, will find a peaceful lake and winding nature trails. Bear Head Lake State Park is home to several families of eagles, and many other species of wildlife including loons, whitetail deer, timber wolves, moose and bear.

Look for eagle nesting areas marked by Department of Natural Resources flags, and watch as eagles soar above Bear Head lake, swooping now and then to snare a fish. You may even be fortunate enough to observe two eagles engaging in play high overhead. You may also witness eagles with their young.

Birdwatchers can also spot red crossbills, boreal chickadees, pine grosbeaks and red-breasted nuthatches.

Seventeen miles of hiking trails in the park lead visitors through coniferous forests, abundant with foliage, wild berries and grasses. In winter, explore seven miles of groomed cross-country ski trails.

Please do not disturb the eagle nesting areas – field glasses will give the best view of these majestic birds!

Directions: From Virginia take Highway 53 north approximately four miles. Exit right on U.S. Highway 169 east toward Tower. Continue east on Hwy 169 to St. Louis County (State Aid) Road 128. Take a right on 128 and travel south six miles to the park. (Located 16 miles east of Soudan).

Admission: A state park vehicle permit is required at a cost of $4 for a daily permit or $20 for an annual permit. Rates subject to change.

To learn more, visit the Bear Head Lake State Park DNR website.

Bear Head Lake State Park
9301 Bear Head State Park Rd.
Ely, MN 55731