As the first city on the Mississippi River, Bemidji has long been a destination for commerce, industry and recreation. Trapping and trading was the first form of commerce as well as logging. Our surrounding lakes and forests have made us a prime outdoor recreation destination for over a century. We also home of Minnesota State University, Bemidji.
Bemidji is a community of 13,700 people in North Central Minnesota and it is the largest commercial center between Grand Forks and Duluth. It is the county seat of Beltrami County as well as the hub of the Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake Indian Reservations. The name Bemidji in Ojibewe means lake that traverses another body of water.
Bemidji enjoys its outdoor recreation. It is the curling capitol of America. It is famous for its many good fishing lakes as well as hunting regions. It is close to Lake Bemidji and Itasca State Parks as well as the Chippewa National Forest. There are 13 golf courses in the area. Located on the Paul Bunyan Trail it has been named a Bike Friendly City.
Bemidji is home to many recreational events throughout the year. The Dragon Boat Festival is a racing competition held at the waterfront during the first week of August. The Bemidji Polar days is a week long event held during the winter months. The Minnesota Finlandia Ski Marathon is also held in Bemidji.
Bemidji is an active community of retail business, restaurants and lodging opportunities in town and on the lakes.