9301 Bear Head State Park Road Ely MN 55731 Northeast
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I was serenaded by loons, frightened by beaver tail slaps, and had my toes nibbled on by rusty crayfish while I stood in the water for 1 hour shooting the Milky Way. By Gregory Ash
Photo: Gregory Ash / P&TC photo contest
Secluded in the Northwoods, this park contains pristine lakes that are oft visited by black bears, nesting eagles, wolves and moose. Stands of white and red pine trees tower over the birch, aspen and fir trees. Located just south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the park shares a similar wilderness quality. Explore miles of shoreline by canoe. Swim at the beach, picnic in the shelter building, or fish.
Bear Head Lake State Park was established in 1961 and contains over 5,600 acres. Because only a small part of the park has been developed for use and due to the relatively low human population density and the proximity of protected forests that surround the park, it is home to a variety of wildlife.