Hayes Lake State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
Hayes Lakes State Park straddles opposite environments. To the east spread hundreds of square miles of wild lands in the Beltrami Island State Forest, to the west stretch vast flatlands that used to be grassland and savanna. The park’s highlight is Hayes Lake, formed by a dam on the north fork of the Roseau River. Fishing on the lake and below the dam can be good for northern, walleye and crappie, but most people come to Hayes Lake to swim, because there aren’t many lakes in the area.
Hayes Lake State Park is located 15 miles southeast of Roseau off the Waters of the Dancing Sky Scenic Byway in Minnesota’s Roseau County.
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Two and a half miles of the total system feature interpretive signs; a short boardwalk takes you into a northern cedar bog.