Lake Bemidji State Park
It is a park of 1,688 acres (6.83 sq km) located on the north side of Lake Bemidji in northern Minnesota.
In 1923, the Minnesota Legislature established the area as a state park.
Located in a pine-moraine region of Minnesota, the park contains a mixture of plant communities. The diversity of vegetation in the park supports many wildlife species. Birdwatching is a favorite activity with hobbyists.
The park landscape is the result of the last stage of glaciation in Minnesota. Sand, gravel, and rock material carried by the glacier as it moved south was eventually deposited as the ice receded.
For hundreds of years, the ancestors to the Dakota Indians fished and hunted around Lake Bemidji. About 1750, the westward-moving Anishinabe reached the area. Early trader records identify Lake Bemidji as “Lac Traverse”, which is French for diagonal.
See maps of the park.
Note: Only the bird list is available at this time.
We would like to thank Joni Liljedahl, Information Consultant, DNR Information Center, Information and Education Bureau, Department of Natural Resources, State of Minnesota, for information provided for this page.
(This page was updated in November 2012.)