See or get your feet wet and walk across the headwaters of the Mississippi where the mighty river that flows across the country begins as a little trickle.
Ride or hike the many miles of bike/ hiking trails full of gorgeous woodland views. Catch glimpse of wildlife such as bald eagles, swans, deer or even black bear.
Maybe drive the scenic loop through the park and stop for a great lunch or dinner at Douglas lodge on the shore of lake Itasca
Take a boat tour with Lake Itasca Tours
Located at the visitor center. Wave to family or friends back home with the live web cam. It can be found on the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce web site. Visit the Fireplace of States inside the visitor center while you get all your information on the many great places to visit here in Bemidji.
Bike around Lake Bemidji from Royal Oaks 24 miles
Bike 110 miles one way on the Paul Bunyan Trail
Mountain bike in Movil Maze
Downtown Bemidji is bike friendly with plenty to do and see!
Whether you are looking for fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing or just lounging on the beach there are many lakes to choose from with only a short drive. Please note that we are NOT located on a lake.
Our neighbors, the Calvary Luthern Church offer a "church trail" for walking right from the park.
Drive into downtown Bemidji and walk around the lake on a paved trail or check out the sculptures on the downtown streets.
Walk the Paul Bunyan trail or take a drive to check out the Lost 40 (a unique unmapped and untouched part of the Chippewa National Forest)
Take a bog walk at Bemidji State Park and hike their beautiful trails.
Hike the miles of trails in Itasca State Park
Bemidji offers plenty of shopping. From the chain stores such as Walmart to the unique downtown shops there is plenty to choose from! Looking for antiques? Check out several second hand shops with inventory that changes daily. Souvenirs to remember your time in Bemidji? Look in several downtown shops to find the perfect keepsake!
Bemidji has several talented local artists displaying their work in several galleries.
Bemidji also features a sculpture walk downtown featuring unique pieces that change annually.
Bemidji is the home to award winning Bemidji Brewing. Stop in and try out their local unique brews!
If wine is your preference, Forest Edge Winery is only a short drive away!
Bemidji has many restaurants to choose from. Of course we have most of the chain restaurants and fast food places, but we also have some excellent unique to Bemidji places to satisfy any palate! Try out Minnesota Nice for breakfast, Raphael's Bakery for lunch or Sparkling Waters for a nice romantic dinner with views of the lake! Don't for get ice cream at Big River Scoop for dessert!