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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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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.

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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Trails
Hayes Lake State Park offers a variety of trails. Hikers can explore the shores of the lake and the river on 13 miles of trail, seven miles are shared with equestrians and five are shared with mountain bikes.
Two and a half miles of the total system feature interpretive signs; a short boardwalk takes you into a northern cedar bog.
Camping/Lodging
Hayes Lake offers 35 drive in sites and two backpack sites overlooking the lake. For a less rustic experience, rent one of the two camper cabins, which sleep at least five.
Winter
No groomed ski trails are available at this park, but snowshoeing is allowed anywhere.
Paul Bunyan Trail
Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota