Stopped here on the way to the Boundary Waters. A lot of the campground was closed and there was some rough weather, but still had a great time. At the campground you can do some hiking and also some water sports.
The Campground Beach…not too much of a beach as it is a shallow spot, but it is still perfect for families to lounge in on a hot day. There are lots of shade trees to relax under if you like so that is nice.
The Hiking…I hiked all the hikes and I can honestly say there are some good sites to see. I would recommend Blueberry Lake and Becky Lake hike. It is a mixture of rolling grass and rocky terrain. I did it in the rain so mosquitos were not as bad and was able to pass by the back country sites as well. You are mostly covered under the pine forest but you do get to glance some of the views. The hiking club hike (Norberg) isn't too bad, but it is very heavily trafficked. I saw more nature on the backcountry hike than the hiking club.
The water…some good look nooks to get into in the east and north bays. The actual lake itself is pretty windy and made kayaking difficult. I would say it would be a great paddle on a calm day or early morning. Caught several pikes and many bass. There are also loads of panfish. The shallows have crystal clear water so it is nice to just sneak up on the pan fish to see them.
The campground…I was in site 43 and it was pretty nice and secluded. The DNR had blocked off over half the sites due to the Covid. They also had the bathrooms closed along with the fish cleaning shanty. The cabins were opening up on the 1st for families. The sites that are back to back with the other loop (59-73 and 26-39) don't have much privacy at the back of their sites. Most sites have simple pathways to the sites on either side, but mines was pretty secluded and a good location. The sites along the water (51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58) all have pathways down to the water and some docks to hold boats over. It was a nice campground and there really is a lot to do. The sunset are great and the big field by the campground cabin was a great place to put a blanket and watch the sun set behind the trees.
Campground is quite busy, but there is enough foliage in the summer to make it more private. Sites are good sizes and a good distance from each other. Great for families. Very picturesque, provides perfect "up north" experience with fishing, canoeing, hiking, all amongst the tall pines!
Secluded and beautiful sites. Wonderful lake with boats available for rent. Not many hiking trails (my only complaint).
Stayed just one night here on our way through. Site was a little tight but still nice for our 30’ travel trailer. Bathrooms and showers were nice. Our kids had a blast biking the trails. Didn’t get a chance to do much else but hope to come back with more time to enjoy getting out on the lakes for fishing and the swimming beach. The campground was full but it was still private enough to feel secluded. Bugs weren’t bad at all for the beginning of July. Star gazing at night from our site was beautiful! Hope to be back soon.
Swimming beach has nice clean water. Trails are well kept. Beautiful trout lakes.
Lots of trees and lots that are just secluded enough. Perfect for anyone!
All around great place to camp. I have been going here since I was a child. Campsites are big,private. Bathroom always clean. Beautiful lake,good fishing. Wish I could stay all summer
Bear Head Lake State Park is just south of the Boundary Waters, and shares a comparable wilderness element. The shoreline is beautiful and very fun to explore by kayak.
Campground features: Cabin rentals, tent sites, and RV sites. The campground is open in fall & winter. The campsites are private, well shaded, and level. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit. Flush toilets, hot showers, dump station, group sites, and electric are also available.
Hiking at Bear Head Lake State Park
- Bear Head Lake State Park Trail is a moderate 3.2 mile trail. This hike is a loop route. Dogs are allowed but only on leash.
- Norberg Lake Trail is a easy 1.5 mile trail. It is a trail for all skill levels and dogs are allowed but only on leash. Mostly wooded.
- Blueberry Lake Trail is a easy 4.5 mile trail. Longer than the other listed trails. It is an out and back hike that is mostly wooded. Dogs are allowed on leash.
- Becky Lake Trail is a easy 2.7 mile hike. Beck Lake is a loop hike that is mostly wooded. Dogs are allowed on leash.
Fishing at Bear Head State Park
Bass, northerns, walleye, panfish, and trout can be caught at this State Park. Many people fish from the fishing dock or shoreline. Panfish are all over the lake and most likely the first ones biting. Good walleye fishing after 6pm.
Boat rentals, cross country ski trail (groomed), snowshoe trails, and snowmobile trails.
Great fishing, canoeing!! Secluded sites!!
Wow! What a beautiful campground. I camped here in #8 for an overnight stay. Geocaching the State Parks, this was night 3 of a 4 night trek! Very nice Trail Center and cool puzzle. Watching the sunset was fabulous!!