Bear Head State Park offers Boundary Waters-like landscape — think expansive lakes and tall pine trees — but is accessible by road.
We spent several days exploring the park over Thanksgiving. The stillness of winter had already arrived as fresh snow blanketed the trees and frozen lake. The only sounds we heard were chickadees and red squirrels chattering and the lake ice booming as it expanded.
We rented a small one-room rustic camper cabin (read about vault toilets, bunk beds, and more on my companion post, “MN State Park Camper Cabin: A Perfect Winter Retreat“). For our Thanksgiving meal, we roasted turkey dogs over a campfire.
When we weren’t playing the board game, Puppyopoly, or cards, we explored the campground, boat dock, beach, and trail center. The trail center offered walls of windows with relaxing views and heat from a wood-burning stove (as well as a flush toilet – score!).
The kids spent most of the time playing on the frozen North Bay of the 674-acre Bear Head Lake. Next time we plan to bring our ice skates.
Park Highlights as Reported by Finley (4 yrs old)
1. Sleeping in the cozy bunk bed
2. Eating salami for lunch
3. Playing on the ice
Park Highlights as Reported by Daley (8 yrs old)
1. The whole cabin…it was fun and cozy
2. Playing “rock bowling” on the frozen lake
3. Sliding on the ice
4. Watching a crack run across the lake ice
5. Seeing two grouse really close up
Visiting Minnesota’s state parks in the wintertime gives a different perspective of our state’s beauty. If you haven’t visited one during this season, it is worth a trip.
You may also be interested in reading about the MN State Parks Passport Club in which our kids are participating.
Have you visited Bear Head Lake State Park? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!