Lake Bemidji State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
Lake Bemidji State Park is a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether it’s hiking, biking, skiing, paddling or fishing, this park offers lots of options on the north shores of Lake Bemidji. Lake Bemidji State Park is located about 6 miles northeast of Bemidji in Minnesota’s Beltrami County.
Choose from 11 miles of hiking trails for your own exploration. On the interpretive boardwalk you can hike through a conifer bog and see some unusual flora, such as orchids and insect-eating sundews and pitcher plants. Lake Bemidji State Park is also the northern terminus of the 115-mile, paved Paul Bunyan State Trail, which connects to a city trail and bike route to circle Lake Bemidji. For those looking to bike off the paved trails, the park offers five miles of mountain bike trails.
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Outdoor activity at Lake Bemidji Sate Park barely slows down when the snow falls. Cross-country skiers tour on eight miles of groomed loops designed for all ability levels and snowshoeing is allowed throughout the park. The park also hosts the annual Northland Fat Bike Rally.
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