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    Paul Bunyan and Babe

           Paul Bunyan and Babe

    Chief Bemidji Statue

    Chief Bemidji Statue

    Beach in Minnesota

    Swimming Beach

    Biking Trails in Bemidji

    Biking Trails

    Paul Bunyan State Trail

    Paul Bunyan State Trail

    Walking & Hiking Trails in MN

    Hiking Trails

    Big Bog MN

    Big Bog Walk

    Sculptures in Bemidji MN

    Bemidji Sculptures

    Horse Riding in Minnesota

    Horse Riding

    Norway Beach Information Center

    Norway Beach

    Lost 40

    Lost Forty 

    Geocaching in Minnesota

    Geocaching

    Birding in Minnesota

    Birding

    Disc Golf in Bemidji MN

    Disc Golf

    Lake Bemidji State Park

    Lake Bemidji State Park

    Chippewa National Forest

    Chippewa National Forest

    Itasca State Park

    Itasca State Park

    Camp Rabideau

    Camp Rabideau

    Pow Wows  in MN

    Pow Wows

    Concordia Language Village

    Concordia Language Village

    Lady Slipper Scenic Byway

    Lady Slipper Scenic Byway

    Paul Bunyan Animal Land

    Paul Bunyan Animal Land

    Paintball and Laser Tag in Minnesota

    Paint Ball and Laser Tag

    Character Challenge Course

    Challenge Zipline Course

    BSU Outdoor Program Center

    BSU Outdoor Program

    ATV Trails and Rentals in MN

    ATV Trails and Rentals

    Dragon Boat festival Bemidji

    Dragon Boat Festival

    Berry Picking in MN

    Berry Picking

    Bowling Near Blackduck and Bemidji

    Bowling

    Beltrami County History Center

    Beltrami History Center

    Golf Bemidji MN

    Golf

    Restaurants Bemidji and Blackduck

    Restaurants

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    Groceries

    Woodcarvers Festival Blackduck

    Woodcarvers Festival

    Minnesota Parks

    Parks

    Pine Tree Park in Blackduck

    Pine Tree Park

    Shopping in Bemidji Area

    Shopping

    Antique Stores Bemidji MN

    Antiquing

    Forestedge Winery

    Winery

    Paul Bunyan Play House

    Theater

    Casinos Near Bemidji MN

    Casinos

    Fall Colors Minnesota

    Fall Colors

    Blue Ox Marathon

    Blue Ox Marathon

    Minnesota Hunting Maps

    Hunting

    Christmas Lights bemidji MN

    Christmas Lights

    Fat Biking in Minnesota

    Fat Biking 

    Northland Fat Bike Rally

    Northland Fat Bike Rally

    Minnesota Snowmobile Trails

    Snowmobiling

    Winter Events in Bemidji MN

    Bemidji Winter Festival

    Buena Vista Ski

    Buena Vista Ski

    Downhill Skiing in Minnesota

    Downhill Ski and Tubing

    Winter Fun In Minnesota

    Winter Tubing

    Family Activities in MN

    Sleigh Rides

    Ice house in Minnesota

    Ice Fishing

    Winter Fun In Bemidji MN

    Snowshoeing

    Cross Country Skiing Bemidji MN

    Cross-Country Skiing

    Finlandia

    Finlandia Race

    Northern Lights  IN MN

     Northern Lights

    Ice house in Minnesota

    Ice Skating

    Curling Minnesota

    Curling 

    BSU Hockey

    BSU Hockey

    Sanford Center Arena

    Sandford Entertainment Arena

    Movie Theaters Bemidji

    Movie Theaters

       

                                      

    From the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, to the call of Minnesota’s state bird “the loon”, to the land of legends and folk tales of Paul Bunyan and his companion Babe the Blue Ox began, come see why our unlimited opportunity and outstanding quality of life are no longer a well-kept secret.

    Fishing

    With some of the deepest, clearest lakes in the state, the north-woods of Minnesota offers great spring, summer, fall, and ice fishing in the winter. Great reproduction rates, state fishery stocking efforts, and sensible catch limits, make our area exciting to fish for the beginner to the professional fisher-person. Blackduck Lake and surrounding lakes are known for walleye, bass, perch, northern pike, muskie, crappie and bluegill fishing. Blackduck Lake has been rated as a “Top 10 Walleye” fishing for those avid fisherman.

    There are also designated trout lakes and streams and bass and muskie managed lakes here for the serious or casual fisherman. Just 16 miles east of Bemidji you’ll find 9 picturesque lakes connected through the Cass Lake chain. There are many public piers on many lakes. Bemidji Lake even has a new kids fishing pier, which are handicap accessible and offer families a great fishing outing without needing a boat. Your fishing expedition in the Blackduck and Bemidji Lakes Area will certainly be an unforgettable adventure. See business listing for guide services and calendar for area tournaments.

    Visiting Bemidji

    History of Bemidji - Bemidji is the county seat of Beltrami County and was organized in 1896. The name is derived from the Ojibwe (Chippewa) Indian words Bay – me – ji – gamaug, meaning a lake with water (river) flowing through. In 1835, early explorers referred to Bemidji as Pamitchi. In the early 1890’s a small settlement grew up around the Carson Trading Post, which was located on the south shore of Lake Bemidji. By 1900, Bemidji had 2,183 inhabitants. Logging was the principle concern of the people in the early 1900’s furnishing direct income and employment. It also attracted railroads, and railroad right-of-ways determined the location of emerging towns. Bemidji has matured into a highly diversified region that continues to grow in a fast-paced world. To learn more about the history of Bemidji, please visit www.beltramyhistory.org .

    Historical & Cultural - American Indians to Scandinavians. Scholars to lumberjacks. Artisans to outdoor enthusiasts. It is this diversity of interests and cultures growing together in our Northwoods that make Bemidji such an amazing place to visit. Proudly, Bemidji offers a variety of ways for visitors to learn more about the history of what drew people of such diversity to Bemidji to settle and culturally celebrate together. It’s a cultural history that makes for such an interesting story, an interesting city and great visit!  http://www.visitbemidji.com/what-to-do/historical-cultural/.  Distance: 27 mins. away

    First City on the Mississippi

    Bemidji… The First City on the Mississippi – where this historic river begins its 2,552 mile journey to rendezvous with the famed city of New Orleans. Legend promises those who step across the Mississippi River at its source will live a long and fruitful life, and that great riches will come to them. With twenty-five percent of Minnesota’s recreational lakes found here, the mighty Mississippi is just one of many, famous sky blue waters to be enjoyed in Bemidji.

    Paul Bunyan & Babe at the Tourist Information Center

    Located on shore of Lake Bemidji stands the historic statues of the legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, proudly welcoming visitors to the Tourist Information Center, a state of Minnesota Travel Affiliate. Open year around, the Information Center displays Paul Bunyan memorabilia (sure to bring a grin) and the nationally known historic Fireplace of States constructed using 900 rocks from every state in the union, and every province in Canada.

    http://www.visitbemidji.com/paul-bunyan-babe-information-center/

    Bemidji Tourist Information Center

    Located on the shores of Lake Bemidji, where Paul and Babe grandly welcome you, is the Bemidji Tourist Information Center (TIC), a State of Minnesota Travel Affiliate. Distance: 27 mins. away

    Everyone makes an outside stop here, of course, to get their photo taken with the famous Paul and Babe. But a visit inside the Tourist Information Center is a must, as well.

    Home to the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce, the Center is the source for information on everything Bemidji– events, attractions and more. Tour through the Bemidji TIC and you’ll discover artifacts of the town’s beloved lumberjack legend– an eclectic mix that include items as Paul’s boxer shorts, toothbrush and much more.

    In addition to Paul’s artifacts, the Center features the historic Fireplace of States, built with 900 stones from every state in the United States (apart from Alaska and Hawaii, which weren’t states when the fireplace was built), from most every Canadian province, as well as every Minnesota county and a host of national parks.

    The Bemidji Tourist Information Center is also a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Bemidji in a park setting. Outside amenities include a gazebo, playground, grassy picnic area, wildlife, and sculptures of Chief Bemidji and Niiemii, meaning “he dances” which is a tribute dedicated to all pow wow dancers.

    History of the Fireplace of States

    It was the 1920’s when Harry E. Roese, owner of the Shorecrest Resort known for their classy dance pavilion, began collecting stones from around the state with the intent to use them for a giant fireplace at his resort on Birchmont Drive, along Lake Bemidji. His grand idea was to build a fireplace containing rocks from every state in the union, from every Canadian province, from all 87 Minnesota counties, and from all the national parks.

    With the help of Miss Kathleen Wilson, a secretary in Harry’s office, they wrote hundreds of letters to state governors and officials, Canadian provincial governors, high ranking officials at our nation’s state parks, and even the President of the US, soliciting stones to be used in the fireplace’s construction. To their astonishment, the rocks came tumbling in. Each was numbered so an identification key could be compiled, in addititon to the inscriptions that came on many of the stones.

    As the collection was amassed, Harry caught the attention of the US Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). The chief goal of the WPA was to put people to work during the Great Depression, often building roads, structures, water towers, etc. In fact, many of the structures of Minnesota’s state parks exhibit a signature WPA style, traditionally hand-cut field stones and mortar construction. (For more on WPA, see Camp Rabideau)

    During 1934-35, things fell into place under the guidance of the WPA. The fireplace was built as part of the octagonal Bunyan House on Lake Bemidji. The idea for the original log building to house the fireplace, and the type of architecture used which was early “American blockhouse,” with hand hewn shingles (called “shakes), was proposed by Roese himself. Charles Budge was the local architect who drew the plans, and Mark Morse was the stone mason in charge of building and designing the fireplace. (Other pieces of Mark’s stonework can be still be seen– the Bemidji State University outdoor fireplace and the Greenwood Cemetery pillars).

    For decades tourists admired the great Fireplace of States with its 900 rocks. It was in an interview fifty years after the feat, that Miss Wilson expressed how she still marveled at how willing people were to send their rocks to Bemidji, especially considering the costs to ship such heavy rocks!

    By the mid-1990s, the Bunyan House fell to the ravages of time and needed to come down. But the great Fireplace of States was to be saved! So segmented, shrink wrapped, and moved with a crane it still rests in the Tourist Information Center, housed next to the infamous 1937 statues, where it remains today to be enjoyed.

    Birthplace of Paul and Babe

    Proudly standing along the shore of Lake Bemidji at the Tourist Information Center, the statues are recognized as the second most photographed icon in the nation, and Bemidji is honored as the birthplace of this famous lumberjack and his pal. Evidence of this honored distinction is woven throughout Bemidji’s history and still found in Bemidji’s lifestyle.

    http://www.visitbemidji.com/what-to-do/historical-cultural/paul-bunyan/

    Building the Legend

    As some stories go, the idea of building a giant statue of the town’s lumberjack son was conceived over sharing a pint (or two). 737 man hours, and 2.5 tons later, a national tourism legend was proudly born. After more than 50 years of towering Lake Bemidji, the statues were officially honored by the National Parks Service as a cultural resource worthy of preservation, adding them to the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are recognized as the second most photographed roadside attraction in the nation.

    Paul & Babe

    Big as a mountain and strong as a grizzly bear… that’s how the folks here describe the local folk hero Paul Bunyan. As legend goes, the birthplace of the greatest lumberjack to swagger through the North American forests is claimed by Bemidji, Minnesota, a distinction fondly marked with a statue built along the shore of Lake Bemidji in honor of the town’s most famous son. Today the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox are historically recognized as Minnesota’s first and best-known example of “roadside colossus,” with Bemidji honored as “pioneers” in promoting tourism in northern Minnesota.

    Learn more about this noted accomplishment, and the legendary stories of Paul and Babe.  http://www.visitbemidji.com/what-to-do/historical-cultural/paul-bunyan/. Distance: 27 mins. away

    Chief Bemidji Statue at Lake Bemidji

    As a child “Shaynowishkung” went on many trips up the Mississippi River with his father to the Bemidji area. Upon reaching adulthood, Shaynowishkung became the first to permanently settle on the shore of Lake Bemidji. Credited with helping the area’s first white settlers survive and respected by both the Indians and settlers for his gentleness, friendliness and fairness to all people, Shaynowishkung was honored with the title of “Chief Bemidji.” Today, a bronze statue dedicated to Chief Bemidji, honoring the Anishinabe people, stands overlooking Lake Bemidji in Library Park.  Distance: 27 mins. away

    On the Water

    Each of the Bemidji area waterways — from lake to river, pond to bog– brings a distinctive personality to the area, with park water programs to educate and entertain. Blackduck Lake and surrounding area lakes also provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including beavers, muskrats, trumpeter swans, mallards, blue herons, wood ducks, Canadian geese and the state bird – the loon, as well as our national symbol, the eagle. And with Lake Bemidji central to the area’s culture, there are plenty of unique lake activities and events to join in on, too, from Dragon Boat races in summer to sled dog events in winter. http://www.visitbemidji.com/what-to-do/on-the-water/

    Swimming Beaches

    Sun of spring and summer shines on water sports. Visitors can boat, pontoon, sail, canoe, jet ski, kayak, wind surf, swim, or water ski. Lake Bemidji has been distinguished by Conde Nast Traveler as “one of America’s top 100 swimming holes” citing water quality and cleanliness as top attributes. Lake Bemidji itself has six public boat accesses and four public swimming beaches as well as several rental options. Access to the Lake Bemidji swimming beaches can be found at Cameron Park on the west shore; Diamond Point Park at Bemidji State University on the west shore; and Lake Bemidji State Park on the northeast shore. best swimming in all area lakes are generally from late June to mid-August and the average high lake temperature is 73 degrees.

    Biking

    There are a lot of reason for you to bike Bemidji…and the League of American Bicyclists agrees. Since 2012 Bemidji has been distinguished as a Bronze level “Bicycle Friendly Community,” one of the first Mississippi River Trail communities in Minnesota to be so awarded.

    Peddle off in any direction on one of Bemidji’s eight varied bike trails, ranging from six to 160 miles. Many trails are accessible right from your lodging doorstep! Explore a city route around downtown Bemidji, or try a more challenging ride at an area park. Shuttles and Nice Ride bike rentals available.

    Bring your own bike, or choose one from Bemidji’s Nice Ride bike rentals, a standard rental service with three locations offering bikes for rent by the hour, day or week. Area shuttle service is available and some terrific bike events are held throughout the year. http://bemidji.niceridemn.org/locations/

    Rentals are also available at Ruttger’s Lodge, Bemidji State University’s Outdoor Center and Itasca Sports in Itasca State Park. Biking maps are available by calling (800) 458-2223 or stopping by the Bemidji Tourist Information Center.

    A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE RIDES INCLUDE…

    Paul Bunyan State Trail

    The longest paved rail-to-trail in the country takes you 115 miles, traveling from Bemidji to Brainerd and has bragging rights for being the longest paved trail in Minnesota. Join us with your own bike, or ride one of our bikes and enjoy this leisure-filled 12-mile ride with family and friends! The trailhead begins at Lake Bemidji State Park, thought to be the most scenic section of the trail as it winds through the forested park, crossing the Mississippi River, and skirting the east shore of Lake Bemidji and accessible at many points. For fitness, fun, or both, the trail offers excellent opportunities for in-line skating, running, and walking. Trail mile markers help you establish how far you have traveled so you can plan your adventure and gauge your distance.

    Mississippi River Trail – MRT

    A world-class bicycling route, MRT travels from the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca in Minnesota all the way to the Delta at the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. It is a 3,000-mile system of bicycle- friendly roads and multi-use pathways that connects 10 states.

    Lake Bemidji State Park

    Grab a rental from the Nice Ride bike rental located at Lake Bemidji State Park and enjoy either the Park’s lakeside paved trails or connect to the 115 mile Paul Bunyan Trail. The Park also features five mile of fun mountain bike loops.

    Print Bike Map PDF

    More about Lake Bemidji State Park

    Loop the Lake

    Family-friendly event held annually in June to celebrate Bemidji’s designation as a “Bike Friendly” community. Includes a 17 mile ride around Lake Bemidji with rest stops along the way. Enjoy food, music and activities throughout the celebration.

    Movil Maze

    A network of mountain bike trails constructed utilizing varying terrain features and man-made structures. These single-track trails are regionally recognized as being challenging to all skill levels.

    Chippewa National Forest

    Biking enthusiasts can enjoy peddling either 41 miles of paved bike trails that line the west side of the forest, or 43 miles of unpaved mountain bike trails on the forest’s east side. Of particular interest is the beautiful Migizi Trail. Ojibwe for “bald eagle,” this 19-mile paved trail loops through the big red pines of the original Ten Section of the Chippewa National Forest.

    More about Chippewa National Forest biking trails

    See Minnesota DNR

    Walking & Hiking

    Enjoy a beautiful hiking trail just about anywhere in Blackduck and Bemidji – from a walk thru Pine Tree State Park to a tour along the shore of Lake Bemidji or to a mile-long boardwalk at the Big Bog State Recreation Area. There are more than 12 miles of trails at Lake Bemidji State Park or journey a deep forest trail to view virgin red pine over 200 years old at Itasca State Park.

    It is no surprise that Bemidji was named as a Governor’s Fit City in 2009, with all the plentiful hiking trails enjoyed by both young and old! Bemidji has trails to take you through the heart of the forest where you can view rare plants and wildlife. And all around Lake Bemidji and through Bemidji’s downtown area are strolling opportunities to view unique art sculptures, and calm the soul taking you to magnificent river and lake views.

    A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE HIKES INCLUDE…

    Lake Bemidji State Park

    11 miles of easy to moderate trails will take you through areas of maturing pine, aspen and hardwoods. A quiet hike on one of the Park trails can yield a glimpse of a doe with her fawn, a porcupine having lunch halfway up a jack pine, or even an occasional wolf or black bear– all making it hard to believe how close you are to the city. Two miles of the park’s trails are also wheelchair accessible.

    Rocky Point Overlook with its spectacular view high over Lake Bemidji is one of the most popular Park destinations. The Rocky Point Trail runs along the lakeshore, gaining in elevation as it rises to a bluff where visitors enjoy the observation deck replete with exhibits and benches.

    More about Lake Bemidji State Park

    Itasca State Park

    49 miles of trails take hikers through some of the most scenic parts of the park.

    Boardwalk
    The trail below Douglas Lodge that runs to the Old Timer’s Cabin is a wheelchair accessible boardwalk. This portion is part of the Dr. Roberts Trail. Great for orchid viewing during spring/summer.  Self Guided.  3.25 Miles.

    A guide for the Dr. Roberts Trail is available at the trail head. Landmark trail has interpretive signs throughout. The Forestry Demonstration Trail and the Blow-down Trail are also self-guided trails. The Aiton Heights Fire Tower includes interpretive information and signs.

    Wheelchair Accessible.  1.5 Miles.  Accessible trails include the Headwaters Loop Trail and Doctor Roberts Trail that takes you to the Old Timer’s Cabin.

    More about Itasca State Park

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    Chippewa National Forest

    There is no better way to see the Chippewa National Forest than on a trail with enjoyable options for both backpacking and day hiking enthusiasts. The forest offers 26 non-motorized trails totaling 298 miles. Trails range from a half-mile to a 68 mile portion of the 3,200 mile North Country Trail that traverses from New York to North Dakota. Depending on the time of year, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries can all be found along the way for the picking.

    More about Chippewa National Forest

    Big Bog

    Big Bog Recreation State Park has been called Minnesota’s last true wilderness. This unique land feature land feature contains the largest, best developed water track in the United States. The Big Bog lies in the middle of the Agassiz lowland landscape region and is over 50 miles long, 12 miles wide has the largest peat bog in the lower 48 states. this 500-square-mile peat bog is the largest of its kind in the lower 48 states and is located north of Bemidji and northeast of Upper Red Lake and Waskish.

    A mile-long boardwalk offers visitors a first-hand look at unique plant and animal life. From orchids to carnivorous plants and plentiful birds, visitors will see a mixture of the fascinating and rare. A source of medicinal plants for the Ojibwe Indians, the bog represented a barrier to European settlers who tried in vain to drain it. Today, many of the native plants include yellow-eyed grass, bog rush and two kinds of sun dews, many on Minnesota’s endangered or threatened species list. The walk is constructed of a composite grating that allows 60 percent of the sunlight to penetrate through to the lush vegetation below the boardwalk. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible and visitors can proceed into the bog at their own pace.

    Around Town of Bemidji

    Your starting point for any of these downtown trails is the Tourist Information Center, where there is plenty of parking. Some of the key routes include the following.

    Built in 2008 is Bemidji’s East-West Trail – 2.45 miles in length located on an abandon railroad right-of-way. The trail offers a pleasant experience ranging from a more urban character in the downtown leg to a more rural and natural character as it heads west to connect to the Paul Bunyan State Trail.

    The Bemidji Wellness Walks includes three routes:
    Lunchbox Walk is a 1.5 mile route along the lake that can begin and end at the statues of Paul Bunyan & Babe.

    Downtown Loop is just a bit longer than the Lunchbox at 2 miles, also taking hikers along the west shore of Lake Bemidji.

    Diamond Point Challenge is a 5K route that shows all the best parts of Bemidji. Starting at the statues of Paul & Babe, following the west shore of Lake Bemidji, this route provides an important connection from the downtown area to Diamond Point and Cameron Park. This lakeside trail offers beautiful views as you travel through the Bemidji State University campus.

    Sculpture Walk

    Along the lake and throughout downtown is the Bemidji sculpture walk, named in 2015 as one of the five “Best Art Walks in Minnesota” by WCCO/CBS Minnesota. Over 25 sculptures created by well-known artists and are on loan to the community for one year and are displayed in the beautiful historical downtown Bemidji. We encourage you to walk the streets and discover art on every corner. If you find something you like, you can purchase it for yourself or contribute to the purchase of art to become part of the permanent collection. Each sculpture is carefully chosen and many reflect some aspect of Minnesota life. The sculpture walk is free and changes annually, inviting new reasons to go back often. Supported by the community and curated by volunteers, the art walk is a favorite Bemidji attraction. Begin your tour at the Tourist Information Center where free parking and maps are available. For more information, please visit www.bemidjisculpture.org or email at bemidjisculpture@gmail.com Distance: 27 mins. away

    Stein's Winding River Guest Farm

    This farm offers horseback riding adventures for those 8 years and older. They can accommodate groups of 6 people or less. They also have pony rides for younger children as well as wagon rides for groups. These trail rides are all guided thru 100's of acres of private land. It is best to book after arriving at White Birch Resort, so you are able ensure a nice day for riding. Contact 218-243-2629 for information.  Distance: 15 mins. away

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    Norway Beach Information Center

    Visitors often just stroll through the Norway Beach Information Center to enjoy the unique Civilian Conservation Corps construction, and to admire the stone fireplace. A hub of activity, the Center offers weekly summer naturalist program that range from wildflower hikes to discovering water critters, and even a loon calling contest. Outdoor related arts and crafts programs and Smokey Bear’s Birthday are not to be missed events. The Center’s gift store offers books, insect nets, and other outdoor related items.

    Lost 40

    If you seek a remote, restorative place of peace and quiet, one that bears witness to our heritage, plan to hike the easily accessible 144 acres called the “Lost Forty.” Due to an 1882 mapping error, these towering pines were mapped as a body of water, and therefore untouched by loggers and developers. The trees today remain as remnants of the natural resources that drew people to the new frontiers; shaping America’s character. Most of the mature red and white pines are found on the east end of the Lost Forty. A one-mile self-guided trail takes you through these majestic red and white pine, some as old as 300 to 400 years, and ranging from 22 to 48 inches in diameter. Carry-in boat allows access to Coddington Lake. The Lost Forty’s timber only escaped the logging saws due to a mapping error. It indicated that the area was under water. The Lost Forty, located in the Chippewa National Forest just northeast of Blackduck, will continue its old growth character.  Distance: 15 mins. away

    Geocaching

    An outdoor treasure hunting adventure, with many fun-to-find geocaches, are to be enjoyed in the Bemidji area. From easy-to-access hides downtown, to more challenging searches at Lake Bemidji State Park and the surrounding area. Visit www.geocaching.com by zip code 56601.

    More information on Lake Bemidji State Park

    Birding

    With over 200 species of birds that include the beloved loon and the largest nesting population of Bald Eagles in continental US, the Bemidji region’s natural beauty provides endless hours of birding observation and enjoyment. Bemidji is named the hub of Minnesota’s bird watching specifically because of the opportunities afforded by the biodiversity of the land. The varied natural landscapes found within the Bemidji region include: PEAT LANDS and conifer bogs which are populated by species that include Sharp-tailed Grouse, Great Gray Owls and Connecticut Warblers. Minnesota’s last remnants of PRAIRIE TRACT are also located near Bemidji, where you can view Prairie Chicken, Meadowlarks and Sandhill Cranes. ANCIENT PINES are a special feature of Bemidji and house a host of migratory species that include a variety of Warblers, Woodpeckers, Sparrows and Hawks. Bemidji’s NORTHERN HARDWOODS (sugar maple, basswood and red oak) are prominent in the area and provide homes to Golden-winged Warblers, Least Flycatchers and the Yellow Billed Cuckoo, just to name a few.

    A list of birding hot spots that include viewing locations ranging from just minutes to up to an hour from most area lodging facilities, is available to help you explore.

    More information on birding in Chippewa National Forest

    Disc Golf

    Located in Bemidji’s 80-acre City Park, this 18-hole course is one of the best disc golf courses in northern Minnesota. Beginner friendly yet still exciting for more experienced players. Multiple tee pads, wooded holes and water hazards give each hole a new and different challenge.

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    The True Northwoods

    The forests surrounding Blackduck and Bemidji form the pristine heart of the northwoods. Add the over 2,400 sparkling waterways and a Continental Divide, and you have beautiful, breathtaking vistas to be viewed around every corner. Visit the oldest national forest, the Chippewa National Forest with 1.5 million acres and 78 miles of non-motorized recreational trails. The Lost Forty offers a rare glimpse of an untouched area of northwoods forest. The hiking paths found at Itasca State Park (Minnesota’s oldest and most popular state park) and Lake Bemidji State Park (located minutes from downtown Bemidji), each have some of the most breathtaking vistas to be found anywhere.

    Lake Bemidji State Park

    Welcome to Lake Bemidji State Park! Located minutes from downtown on the north shore of Lake Bemidji, the park attracts visitors for not only it’s unmatched variety of outdoor activities in all seasons, but also for the park’s unique, natural botanical wetland preserve, the Bog Boardwalk. Lake Bemidji State Park offers lakeside picnic grounds with shelters, a swimming beach, plus a paved boat launch with marina. The park is the northern trailhead for Paul Bunyan State Trail, Minnesota’s longest state trail enjoyed by bikers and snowmobilers alike. Interpretive programs in the summer include morning hikes, boat tours of Lake Bemidji, evening films, and campfire talks. Winter programs include snowshoeing, skiing by candlelight and animal tracking. Geocaching in all seasons is a favorite park activity, too!

    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/lake_bemidji/index.html.  Distance: 25 mins. away

    Chippewa National Forest

    Chippewa National Forest is the country’s very first national forest, established east of the Mississippi River in 1908. Originally known as the Minnesota National Forest, the name was changed in 1928 to honor the original inhabitants. The forest boundary encompasses 1.6 million acres, has 700 lakes, 920 miles of streams, 150,000 acres of wetlands and approximately 665,000 acres managed by the USDA Forest Service. The forest's landscape is a reminder of the glaciers that blanketed northern Minnesota some 10,000 years ago. The National Forest also boasts the largest breeding population of bald eagles in the continental U.S., with 150 active nests found throughout the forest. With over 3000 archeological and historic sites, has a rich history that spans from prehistoric times to the early logging era and Civilian Conservation Corps days.

    The Chippewa National Forest makes maps available at the Blackduck Ranger Station for most of their hiking and biking trails, ranging from .5 to 68 miles. Some trails are known for their eagle viewing, others are self-guided nature tours. You are able to enjoy any one of these recreational activities while in the Chippewa National Forest: Bike, Hiking and Nature Trails, Camping, Canoeing, ATV, Fishing, XC Skiing, Hunting, Scenic Byways and Snowmobiling

    Amazing Wildlife Viewing

    Bounded by three major vegetative communities; the coniferous forest (pine, spruce, and balsam fir) to the north, the hardwoods (aspen, birch, oak and maple) to the south, and the prairie to the west, Chippewa’s diverse ecosystem provides the unique opportunity to glimpse some rare and sensitive wildlife. Over 300 species make their home on the Chippewa National Forest… Birding is exceptional in all seasons, particularly the bald eagle. Over 180 nesting pairs of this magnificent bird live among the pines and lakes of the forest making it the highest breeding population of bald eagles in the lower 48 Unites States! Timberwolves, osprey, loon and great grey owl also make Chippewa their home. The secretive gray wolf and Canada lynx are also present, but a rare sighting

    Home of the Capitol Christmas Tree

    On November 2, amid great fanfare, an 80-foot plus white spruce left Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest on a journey to Washington D.C., to become the 2014 US Capitol Christmas Tree. The journey began at Itasca State Park where the tree received a drink of water from the headwaters of the Mississippi River via a horse-drawn wagon. Along the way, the tree caravan stopped in over 30 communities reaching over 45,000 people, young and old, proudly representing Minnesota and the natural beauty of the Chippewa National Forest.  Distance: 15 mins. away

    Itasca State Park

    Established in 1891 to preserve remnant stands of virgin pine, Itasca is Minnesota’s oldest state park and the second oldest in the United States behind Niagra Falls. Totaling more than 32,000 acres, with more than 100 lakes, it is here where the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi begins its 2,552-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful in all seasons, events, activities and naturalist programs available year-round.

    At this park you can actually walk across a path of rocks over the Mississippi River by foot. Facilities include The Headwaters History Center, Douglas Lodge and the Museum. Amenities include large stands of pine, paved bike trails, Wilderness Drive, U of M Forestry and Biological Stations, Indian cemetery, and Peace Pipe Vista, and endless miles of hiking trails. You are able to enjoy any one of these recreational activities while in the Itasca State Park: Bike and Hiking and Nature Trails, Swimming, Playing, Camping, XC Skiing, Snowmobiling and Snowshoeing. On site bike rentals can be arranged while spending a day at the park. Click on www.itascasports.com for rental information.  Distance: 55 mins. away

    Camp Rabideau

    In 1934, Camp Rabideau, located six miles south of Blackduck, was one of 2,650 Civilian Conservation Camps established by Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide work and skills to unemployed men scraping by during the Great Depression. Projects included surveying, building roads, bridges, trails and fire towers, tree planting and fire-fighting. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, Camp Rabideau is one of only three remaining camps being preserved. Many of these camps are still in use today. Today, 15 of the original 25 buildings remain and 4 are maintained to honor those who served as CCC corpsmen. Interpretive displays highlight the buildings and history of the area. Civilian Conservation Corps’ Camp Rabideau tours are available by calling Ken and Betty Ess at (218) 835-4291. Today visitors can see and learn more about this era through interpretive displays highlighting buildings and history of the area and a self-guided one-mile trail runs through the camp. Hosts are available to give tours. Picnic shelter on-site. The camp is located County Road 39 in Blackduck and tours are conducted Sunday and Wednesdays.  Distance: 6 mins. away

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    More information on Chippewa National Forest

    Pow Wows

    Pow-Wows which are a Native American tradition are religious and social gatherings that bring together traditional dancers outfitted in historic dress and colors. Dancers come from all over the United States and Canada. The grand entry march that begins each Pow-Wow is a spectacular display of colorful outfits with traditional meaning associated with the earth, birds, and wildlife.

    Since 1973, freestyle steps of toddlers commingle with the trained traditional footwork of elders as hundreds of dancers display their talents at the annual Spring and Fall Pow Wow. Dressed in full regalia, dancers perform jingle dress, fancy shawl, women’s traditional, men’s traditional, grass and chicken dance styles, all accompanied by the beat of traditional drum circles. Vendor wares include handmade blankets, beadwork, jewelry and dreamcatchers, with traditional foods and fry bread tacos. Open to the non-native public, this event is a fun learning experience for all.

    This Native American Indian event calendar for Minnesota Powwows is a free service of Crazy Crow Trading Post. http://www.crazycrow.com/site/minnesota-powwows/

    Concordia Language Villages

    Visit the cultural grounds of Concordia Language Villages on Turtle Lake, uniquely nestled in the Northwoods of Bemidji. From the moment you get your “passport” stamped and step into one of six architecturally and culturally authentic village sites, you will speak, eat, learn and play in the language and culture of your chosen village– Spanish, Finnish, Norwegian, German, Russian or French. Adult and child immersion programs, corporate and government training sessions, as well as educators and school group seminars, Concordia offers a host of programs that bring language to life. Special events to the tradition of the village you’re visiting are available. "International Day" held once in July and again in August gives the public an opportunity to visit and experience the villages. For information Contact: 218-586-8600 or 800-450-2214.  Distance: 23 mins. away

    International Day

    Twice each season a day-long festival of cultures called International Day is celebrated. Through dance, art, cooking and play, intercultural exchange of teach-learn-do is ongoing throughout the day. Each of the language villages (Spanish, Finnish, Norwegian, German, Russian or French) bring out their wares as they share ethnic food and a cultural performance. Festivities also include a Peace Site Ceremony, Global Market, International Bazaar, Global Art Show, Exhibitor Tent, plus World Class Soccer, along with rides, tours, activity zones and Closing Ceremony.

    Lady Slipper Scenic Byway

    Lady Slipper Scenic Byway is a 28-mile drive “over the river and through the woods” as it meanders County Road 39 through some of the most interesting areas of the Chippewa National Forest. The route features two interpretive sites – the first where the byway crosses the Mississippi River flowing from Cass Lake as a stream. The second at Pennington Bog where Minnesota’s state flower, the Showy Lady Slipper, can be viewed on full display in late June to early July.

    For more information on these routes and other Minnesota scenic byways, visit www.exploreminnesota.com.  Distance: 5 mins. away

    Amusement Parks

    For a unique twist, add a zip line ride through the pines on a character challenge course or pet a camel at Minnesota’s largest wildlife petting zoo to your itinerary. Bring your group for a variety of team building options or make that family vacation one they won’t forget!

    A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE AMUSEMENTS INCLUDE…

    Paul Bunyan Animal Land
    Lions & tigers & bears! See them all at Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land, Minnesota’s largest wildlife park/petting zoo. Located on Hwy 2 East, between Bemidji & Cass Lake, Animal Land is home to nearly 100 animals representing every continent on earth. Lions, tigers, bears, camels, kangaroo, cougars, raccons, three species of deer, bobcats, lemurs, monkeys, llamas, reptiles, exotic birds, amazing bugs and various small mammals are just a few of the animals who make their home at Animal Land. Walk among the deer, feed the bears, and learn about each of the amazing creatures in our animal family. Indoor learning center, gift shop, picnic areas, playground and RV parking. Birthday parties, group rates, traveling educational programs and more. Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily, Memorial Day thru Labor Day.                     Distance: 34 mins. away

    Devotion Paintball and Laser Tag

    Best course in northern Minnesota with six playing fields and full retail shop. Mobile option to bring the paintball or laser tag equipment to your indoor or outdoor location. Fields open any time by appointment.  Distance: 34 mins. away

    Character Zipline Challenge Course

    For a team building extreme challenge, or for thrill seekers, try a variety of obstacles towering 35’ in the air. Overcome fears, build confidence and develop trust with the 3G Swing, Power Plunge or 370’ zip line. Built in the pines and overlooking two beautiful lakes with safety system and highly trained facilitators. For information contact 218- 760-8442. Address :13218 County Road 40 Park Rapids, Minnesota 56470

    Bemidji State University Outdoor Program Center (OPC) & Equipment Rental Program 

    From a state of the art indoor climbing wall, to the Boathouse at Diamond Point Park on the shores of Lake Bemidji, to the pristine 240 acre Hobson Memorial Forest, those seeking adventure are sure to find something to get your heart beating.

    The rock climbing wall, located in the Gillett Wellness Center, is one of the premier indoor rock climbing facilities north of the Twin Cities. Towering over 30 feet, it features routes for any skill level. Instructional clinics, as well as open climbing time and group rentals are all available.

    Join us for a pontoon lunch cruise, learn to sail, or try your hand at sea kayaking. From May through October, equipment rentals, clinics and summer trips are offered only feet from beautiful Lake Bemidji at the OPC Boathouse. Here you can rent equipment that includes a heavy duty canoe trailer, canoes, kayaks, bikes, sailboats, windsurfers, tents, sleeping bags, and back packs, just to name a few. The Boathouse also features a lakeside patio area, which provides a perfect spot to spend a summer afternoon on the lake. Rentals and activities are all available to the campus community as well as the public.

    The 240 acres of Hobson Memorial Forest was donated to Bemidji State University in 1948 for the purpose of outdoor recreation, education, and research. Managed by the OPC, the forest is equipped with an amphitheater, and two rustic log cabins which can be rented for a minimal fee. Hobson is also home to No Boundaries, a team building low ropes course facilitated by the OPC staff.

    Cross Country (Including Youth), Ice Skates, Snowshoes, Ice Fishing Equipment and Winter Camping Gear Rentals are available at Bemidji State University Outdoor Program Center (OPC). Private cross country ski lessons available. Call BSU for Daily/Weekend & Weekly Rates! Groups & Individuals! Affordable and convenient public rentals. Call for details. (27 mins. away.) Open 7 Days/week. Check out  http://www.bemidjistate.edu/services/campus-recreation/outdoor-program-center/rentals/ for information on 2017 rentals. For more information please call the boathouse at 218-755-2999 or Mark Morrissey at 218-755-3900. Distance:  27 mins. away

    More information on boating
    Information on the Diamond Point Challenge 5K
    Information on XCountry Skiing Hobson Forest

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    ATV Trails and Rentals

    Blackduck and Bemidji’s diverse landscape with its’ rough hilly terrain dotted with bogs and ponds are ideal for the ATV enthusiast. Challenge yourself on the Schoolcraft ATV trail, named one of the best trails in Minnesota, or follow the old Soo Line railroad on the Wilton Trails, Bemidji has a variety of skill levels to choose from.
    More information on Chippewa National Forest

    DNR Rules & Regulations: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/ohv/ohv_regs.pdf

    DNR ATV Trail Map: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/map.html

    Dragon Boat Festival

    The annual Dragon Boat festival in Bemidji draws thousands to the waterfront each year to enjoy one of the fastest growing water sports; held the first weekend in August. The festival attracts teams from Canada and nearby states, with each Dragon Boat team consisting of 20 paddlers, a steersperson and drummer. The race runs 450-500 meters in length with teams racing every 12 minutes.

    In addition to racing, the festival prides itself on the cultural aspects of a Dragon Boat Festival. The heritage of the festival is evidenced through music, food, kid’s activities and Friday kicks off the festival with a Parade of Teams, opening ceremony to “Wake the Dragon” on Friday that leads into a full day of racing, music, kid’s activities and followed up with awards and closing ceremonies on Saturday- all enjoyed along the shore of beautiful Lake Bemidji. Each night the Dragon’s Den features live music and dancing. For more information on the festival, visit www.bemidjidragonboat.com

    Berry Picking

    June and July are great months in Minnesota to spend a fun few hours strawberry and blueberry picking. You can pick your own or buy them fresh picked.

    Mistic's Berry Farm: Pick-your-own or pre-picked strawberries & raspberries. Containers provided. Charming restaurant, clean restrooms and playground. 22 miles north of Bemidji on Cty Rd 15. Call for availability. Contact 218-243-2587 for information or
    http://www.misticberryfarm.com/ .  Distance: 7 mins. away

    Blackduck Bowling Lanes

    Enjoy a fun game of bowling in town of Blackduck located at Summit Avenue, Blackduck next door to Timberline Sports Shell Gas Station. Contact 218-835-6620 for information.  Distance: 3 mins. away

    Beltrami County History Center

    Housed in the historically restored 1912 Great Northern Depot in Bemidji is the Beltrami County History Center. Archives, collections, long and short term interpretive exhibits and educational programs together give visitors an opportunity to learn about the area’s railroad system, logging industry, Ojibwe life, the coming of pioneers, and even a historical view of northern Minnesota sports. Open Mon - Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-4pm. Open Saturdays May thru October 10am-4pm. Located at 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. Contact 218-444-3376 for information.  Distance: 27 mins. away

    Golf
    Golfers find some of the state’s most beautiful courses among towering pines and sparkling lakes. Many even catch a glimpse of a deer or two strolling across the fairway. Whatever their level of skill, golfers will enjoy playing at any of the 6 area courses, offering everything from challenging championship tournament level play to fun par-three short courses.

    Since 1924 Bemidji is host to the Birchmont Golf Tournament, held in summer on the shores of Lake Bemidji. Divisions include mens, women’s, junior, executive, senior men and masters. The Vandersluis Memorial Golf Tournament, an annual amateur golf tourney held over Labor Day weekend, is open to the public. The event has an international field with divisions for men, senior men and ladies. Always exciting play, past champions have included 1996 British Open Champion Tom Lehman.

    Blackduck Municipal Golf Course - 9 Hole

    5 (1)

    Blackduck, MN

    (218) 835-7757

    Distance: 2 mins. away

    Castle Highlands Golf Course – 18 Hole

    4.5 (8) · Golf Club

    Bemidji, MN

    (218) 586-2681

    Distance: 12 mins. away

    Bemidji Town and Country Club – 18 Hole

    3.9 (11) · Golf Course

    Bemidji, MN

    (218) 751-4535

    Open until 9:00 PM

    Greenwood Golf Course – 18 Hole

    4.5 (4) · Golf Shop

    Bemidji, MN

    (218) 751-3875

    Open until 8:00 PM

    Maple Ridge Golf Course – 18 Hole

    2.8 (6) · Sports Complex

    Bemidji, MN

    (218) 751-8401

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    Dining Out

    While Minnesota is known for producing foods like wild rice, sweet corn and blueberries, the state’s drinkable crops are the ones making headlines. Breweries and wineries are the latest local craze. The Blackduck and Bemidji area offers an extensive range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options unique and varied for your individual tastes in food. When you're in a hurry, the list of fast food franchises awaits with all your favorites. When the occasion calls for either lively fun or more leisurely dining enjoyment, you'll find the area home to relaxed sports bars, family style restaurants, supper clubs as well as numerous fine dining establishments. The closest family style restaurants and supper clubs are as close as 2 miles away from White Birch Resort in Blackduck. Click on this list of local eateries. This is a selection.

    www.visitbemidji.com/dining/index.html

    http://business.bemidji.org/list/ql/restaurants-food-beverages-22?_ga=1.136591796.525521395.1491161726

    Grocery Stores & Convenient Stores

    Blackduck Family Foods/Super Value Located at 288 Frontage Rd. in Blackduck. This is a small tourist country grocery store. Call 218-835-4244 for hours and information.
    Distance: 5 mins. away

    Timberline Sport "N" ConvenienceLocated at 209 Summit Ave. SW in Blackduck. This is a bait store/gas station and convenient store which sells convenient foods, prepared pizzas and prepared subway sandwiches. Call 218-835-4636 for hours and information.
    Distance: 3 mins. away

    Wal-Mart Super Center Located at 2025 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW in Bemidji. Call 218-755-6120 for general store information.
    Distance: 27 mins. away

    Lueken’s Foods Paul Bunyan Dr. NW in Bemidji, MN

    Distance: 29 mins. away

    Marketplace Food and Drug Located at 2000 Paul Bunyan Dr. in Bemidji. Call 218-444-1406 for general store information.
    Distance: 27 mins. away

    Woodcarvers Festival
    In Blackduck, the annual Woodcarvers Festival is held the last Saturday of July and has grown into one of the area’s most impressive and well-attended shows. The festival hosts as many as 60 exhibitors from all over the United States. The woodcarvers display their work, swap carving tips, and share techniques. Local food, music, and raffles round out the day.  Distance: 5 mins. away

    Parks

    The town of Blackduck has two parks, Wayside Park in town and Pine Tree State Park 2 ½ miles from White Birch Resort. City of Bemidji is home to nearly 20 family friendly parks. Diamond Point, Paul Bunyan Park, City Park and Cameron are cornerstone parks. Within these parks you will find access to pavilions and group shelters, 22,000 square foot skateboard park, outdoor hockey rink, trails, disc golf course, basketball courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, boat ramps and beautiful beaches. For more information on park availability, recreational opportunities or to book park facilities www.ci.bemidji.mn.us

    Pine Tree Park

    Pine Tree Park in Blackduck is a well-groomed park offered to the public for bird watching, nature walks, picnics and enjoying the children's playgrounds. If you are lucky enough, you just might be able to view one of Blackduck's longtime eagle families perched upon their nest, if you look close enough. It is also common to see deer wandering thru the park or loons and ducks swimming at the water’s edge. The park is located across the road to the West from the Blackduck Golf course and aside the Blackduck Public Water Access. Picnic shelters are located at each end of the park and toilet facilities are also provided.  Distance: 2 mins. away

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    Shopping

    For those shopping enthusiasts, shopping can be explored in a wide range of stores, ranging from antique stores, boutiques shops, gift shops, shopping mall, outdoor specialty stores and grocery stores. A few of the favorites are local crafts, north country specialties and outdoor specialty stores. A few local favorite stores in the area can be found at Bemidji Woolen Mills, Morell's Chippewa Trading Post, The Old Schoolhouse and Lady Slipper Designs, Northlander Gifts, Anderson's Fabrics, Paul Bunyan Mall, Gander Mountain, Target and Wal-Mart. Great towns to spend a day of shopping can be found in the following:

    Blackduck Distance: 5 mins. away

    Bemidji Distance: 25 mins. away

    Deer River Distance: 45 mins. away

    Walker Distance: 60 mins. away

    Park Rapids Distance: 60 mins. away

    Click on this list below provided by the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce to give you a better idea of what stores you can choose from. This is a selection of local stores in the Blackduck/Bemidji area at http://business.bemidji.org/list/ql/shopping-specialty-retail-23 .

    Antiquing

    Aunt Ellie’s Attic 1019 Washington Ave S. Bemidji MN 56601 218-444-4334

    Buy, Sell, Trade Collectibles, Antiques, Second hand Treasures.

    The Pioneer Store Hines, MN

    Back ‘n Time Antiques 1105 W 15th St. Bemidji MN 56601 218-759-0206

    Primitive country furniture, rustic lodge & cabin antiques. Folk art, Native American items.

    Grandma’s Attic Antique Mall 502 3rd St. NW Bemidji MN 56601 218-759-8931

    Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage & Repurposed merchandise.

    Ideal Pawn 265 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW Bemidji MN 56601 218-444-3325

    Pawn shop, pawn store loans, jewelry, collectible coins, etc.

    Mattie’s Menagerie 814 Beltrami Ave NW Bemidji MN 56601 218-755-1899

    Little antique store with a little of everything.

    North Country Trading Post 7205 Fairgrounds Rd NW Bemidji MN 56601 218-751-5922

    Antiques, Collectibles, Funky Junk

    Pawn USA 207 2nd St NW Bemidji MN 56601 218-444-7296

    Pawn shop, jewelry, collectible coins, clean and organized.

    Second Hand Splendor 301 3rd St NW Bemidji MN 56601 218- 209-3000

    Antiques &Vintage consignment store

    Forestedge Winery and Farm

    On the edge of the Paul Bunyan State Forest, Forestedge Winery and Farm in Laporte, MN offers it’s visitors a peaceful setting in the woods. At Forestedge Winery , wine makers Paul and Sharon Shuster and John Wildmo produce seven to eight thousand gallons of wine per year, but yet craft their wines in small batches. The winery produces nine different specialty single fruit wines as well as blended wines including Summer Blush (strawberry rhubarb), Headwaters Classic Red (chokecherry rhubarb), raspberry rhubarb, and blueberry rhubarb. All of these wines are available for tasting and sale in the winery tasting room.

    The winery is open May through December, six days a week and closed on Mondays. Tours are available and are designed to allow you to see how these fine wines are crafted, aged and bottled. Remember, "It's not just grapes that make fine wine!" As Paul bottles a batch of Forestedge Wines, craftsmanship and pride go into every bottle.

    Enjoy the gardens and cobblestone patio with a taste of Minnesota fruit wines and art gallery. Forestedge Winery carries a wide range of wine-related items and gifts. Open Mother's Day thru December Tuesday thru Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Closed Mondays. For more information on Forestedge Winery and Farm, view website at www.forestedgewinery.com or contact 218-224-3535 Forestedge Winery is located at 35295 State 64 Laporte, MN 56461.  Distance: 46 mins. away

    Paul Bunyan Play House

    The Chief Theater is a performing arts venue featuring curated entertainment from around the world in its downtown Bemidji, Minnesota facility. Its resident production company, the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, is the oldest professional summer stock company in Minnesota, and draws actors from across the state, region, and country. The Chief is managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, the Chief is the region’s year-round hub for the performing arts, surrounded by the Bemidji Community Arts Center, the Wild Rose Theater, and Bemidji State University. The Chief seats an intimate audience of 310 with Art Deco interiors and exposed structural components that pay homage to its history as a movie house while embracing its identity as a multi-purpose performing arts venue.

    The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is located in the historic Chief Theatre at 314 Beltrami Ave NW in downtown Bemidji, MN. Performances are scheduled throughout the year. Contact Ticket Box Office 218-751-7270. Performances are 8pm nightly except, NO performances on Monday & Tuesday. First Sunday of month offer matinee performances at 2 pm.  Distance: 27 mins. away

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    Casinos

    Spend an evening challenging Lady Luck in one of the Northwoods Country’s three great casinos: Palace Casino, Norther Lights Casino, Shooting Star Casino, Red Lake Casino and White Oak Casino, courtesy of the Leech Lake Band of Objibwe.

    Shooting Star Casino, Bagley Distance: 45 mins. away

    Northern Lights Casino, Walker Distance: 40 mins. away

    Red Lake Casino, Red Lake Distance: 20 mins. away

    Palace Casino Hotel, Cass Lake Distance: 21 mins. away

    White Oak Casino, Deer River Distance: 45 mins. away

    FALL

    A celebration of fall colors and bounty! Enjoy a day in an authentic Minnesota small town with a seasonally decorated main streets, farmers markets, church and organization dinners, city wide garage sales, apple picking, football, pumpkin-flavored everything and fall color scenic driving tours means only mean one thing: Fall has arrived in Minnesota. This special season is short and sweet, so make the most of it by checking at least a few of these awesome autumn activities off your list. See Explore Minnesota “10 Things to do in Minnesota” at http://www.exploreminnesota.com/travel-ideas/10-things-fall/ .

    1. Visit a pumpkin patch

    2. Pick your own apples

    3. Visit a museum

    4. Take a drive

    5. See a show

    6. Taste the local brew

    7. Cheer for the home team

    8. Attend a harvest festival

    9. Celebrate Oktoberfest

    10. Find Halloween fun

     

    Fall is also great time to get out and go for a bike ride, a fall marathon race, golfing and fall fishing. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and go enjoy the beautiful fall colors.

    Blue Ox Marathon

    The Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon offers several distances for those looking to run their first, furthest or fastest race.  The Oct. 13 & 14, 2017 weekend offers a 26.2-mile marathon, 3.1-mile 5K and 1K kids’ race. Secure online registration for all races is available through a link at www.bemidjiblueoxmarathon.com. Registration fees increase beginning May 1. The marathon website also includes course maps, descriptions and elevation charts for each race.

    Hunting

    With the turn of the leaves in the fall, the limitless hunting opportunities take center stage. The forests, lakes, and area farmlands provide habitat for deer, partridge, ruffed and sharp tail grouse, bear, duck, and geese. The result is hunters taking home plenty of game, memories, and stories. A serious business and passion, the Blackduck and Bemidji area remains the premier northern destination for hunters in pursuit of deer, grouse, waterfowl and more. Sportsmen can find some of the best hunting for trophy whitetail deer and black bear. Consider, too, taking a guided wolf or bear hunt, or try one of our area hunting preserves. Guides are available but should be contacted in advance. Whether it is big game, small game, or waterfowl you are after, there is a wide variety in Chippewa for your hunting pleasure.

    Night We Light Festival

    For the past 17 years, Bemidji kicks off the Holiday Season with the First City of Lights celebration. The event is held the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Night We Light Festival rings in the start of the holiday season with a parade filled with illuminated floats. The Lights of Bemidji Parade begins at 6 pm with over 60 floats covered with lights. Following the parade, the switch is thrown lighting the iconic Paul and Babe the Blue Ox statues, as well as brightening up the Bemidji downtown! Ornaments made during the event are hung on the Christmas tree in the Bemidji Visitors Center, and there is carol singing, food trucks on scene at the ceremony, awards given for the best parade floats, and a traditional Night We Light bonfire.

    WINTER

    GOOD SPORTS – Monthly, and home to endless recreations, sporting events and winter festivals, winter fun is happening every week in the northwoods of Bemidji!

    As a City that takes pride in its unique seasonal activities, Bemidji is also blessed with the terrain and facilities to host to a range of recreational events. This includes camps and tournaments, as well as challenging races on bike, snowmobile, skis, dog sled, boat and foot. Our resume includes the Bemidji Curling Club, home to a number of Olympic champions. Event planners have chosen Bemidji to host the internationally famous Finlandia cross-country ski event since 1982. And Bemidji’s Convention Center & Arena is the unmatched choice for most any activity or event your group enjoys–including hockey– as the Bemidji Arena is home to Division hockey events and host of the annual Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament. Listed are just a few of the recreational facilities available for rent in Bemidji– for sport or just group enjoyment. For more ideas and facility options, contact us.

    Winter Fat Biking

    When a city is recognized as a “Bicycle Friendly Community,” snow drifts do not keep Bemidji riders from getting out on two wheels! While studded tire riders are becoming popular in the area, fat tire bikes are the preferred peddles to power through snowdrifts along the multi-use path that circles Lake Bemidji. And Lake Bemidji State Park is rapidly becoming a fat bike destination, even playing host to the Northland Fat Bike Rally with a 10k and 28k course held in March.

    Northland Fat Bike Rally

    An exciting new winter sport that’s not just for fat bike enthusiasts. Anyone with 3.8” tires and a helmet can ride the 10k and 28k course route. Live music and great food with fat bike experts on hand at this annual March event.

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    Snowmobiling

    It is easy to see how Bemidji earned the title “Snowmobile Capital of the North!” With unmatched scenic beauty, excellent grooming, and an abundant number of trails–so many, the saying here is “Bemidji’s got more trails than you’ve got time!” Great pit stops along the routes, too, with many Bemidji lodgings offering direct access to the trails.

    The Blackduck Bemidji area has the best trail system.

    No other area is as central to the state’s 14,000 miles of trails. As the crossroads city for two major Minnesota Interconnecting Trail System routes, MITS-71 and MITS-2, MITS trails link up with hundreds of spur trails, guaranteeing riders connections to virtually any place in the state.

     

    TRAIL

    DESTINATION

    MILES

    CONNECTS TO

    NORTH

    Northland

    Upper Red Lake

    50

    Baudette or Roseau

     

    Blue Ox

    International Falls / Winnipeg

    110

    Crane or Rainy Lakes

    SOUTH

    Heartland

    Walker

    35

    Longville / 65 Miles

     

    SnowWay #1

    Brainerd

    100

     
     

    Paul Bunyan

    Brainerd

    115

     
     

    Bemidji-Itasca

    Itasca State Park

    37

    Detroit Lakes / 104 Miles

     

    Schoolcraft

    Park Rapids

    45

     

    EAST

    Soo Line

    Remer

    63

    Grand Rapids / North Shore

             

    WEST

    Pinewood

    Clearbrook

    35

    Thief River Falls

     

    Trailblazer

    Bagley

    41

    Lake of the Woods

    The MITS-71 consists of two major trails, the Paul Bunyan Trail which originates at Lake Bemidji State Park and runs 1,115 miles between Bemidji and Brainerd, and the Blue Ox Trail, running 110 miles north from Bemidji to International Falls, Winnipeg and beyond. The entire Paul Bunyan/Blue Ox Network is considered to be the longest “rail conversion to recreation trail” in America.

    Bemidji’s trails offer the most challenging ride. The variety of terrain found in the Bemidji area makes the trails not only scenic, but challenging. Dash across 1,000 frozen lakes along the Continental Divide, over bogs, beside rushing streams, up rolling hills and through snow-draped forests.

    Bemidji’s trails offer the most scenic rides. One especially scenic loop off the Blue Ox is to jump onto the Buena Vista Trail in Buena Vista State Forest. Or head south on the Itasca and Becida Trails to Itasca State Park, site of the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Bemidji trails take you to historic sites, beautiful scenic lakes, forests harboring red and white pines more than 300 years old and through friendly, charming Northwoods towns.

    The Blackduck and Bemidji area takes pride in exceptionally well-groomed trails. Groomed and well-marked are two qualities that rank Bemidji’s trails as exceptional. With reference point trail signage every two miles, these highly rated routes will lead you to all parts of the state and back.

    Trails officially open December 1st to April 1st, conditions permitting. Out-of-state snowmobilers need to check on trail fees. A Snowmobile State Trail sticker is required for all persons operating a snowmobile on state or grant-in-aid trails.

    More about Itasca State Park
    More about Lake Bemidji State Park
    Sign up for Trail Condition Reports
    Bemidji’s Tall Tales: Day in the Life of a Groomer (Story)

    http://www.visitbemidji.com/what-to-do/winter-activities/snowmobiling/

    Under a blanket of snow, the Chippewa National Forest becomes a land of unexplored adventures. Over 330 miles of snowmobile trails provide snowmobilers access to 1,300 lakes, scenic woodlands, and frozen wetlands. Trails also connect to nearly 200 miles of routes surrounding the forest. Most snowmobile trails are grant-in-aid trails managed and maintained by snowmobile clubs.

    More about Chippewa National Forest snowmobile trails

    See Minnesota DNR

    Winterfest on Lake Bemidji

    Winterfest on Lake Bemidji is Bemidji’s “coolest event of the year!” Held annually in February, this is non-stop winter fun that encompasses every favored cold weather activity (and some warm weather ones, too!) including a curling bonspiel, the Hardwater Classic ice fishing tournament, annual BRRRmidji Plunge in the frigid Lake Bemidji waters, pond hockey, frozen turkey bowling, even a cornhole tournament. This family event includes music, food and more!

    February 2nd & 3rd , 2018 Winterfest on Lake Bemidji is Bemidji’s annual winter event that encompasses Curling, Ace on the Lake Hardwater Classic, Pond Hockey, the BRRRmidji Plunge, YPN Cornhole Tournament, Frozen Turkey Bowling, 5K and 10K Polar Challenge, family events, music and more. Join the fun family friendly festival packed full of exciting events throughout Friday and Saturday on frozen Lake Bemidji!  Distance:  27 mins. away

    Entrance to event and parking at Nymore Beach public access, adjacent to the DoubleTree Hotel.

    Website: http://www.winterfestbemidji.com/ Venue: Lake Bemidji

    Buena Vista Ski Resort & Village

    Sitting astride the Continental Divide, the Buena Vista Ski Village offers 16 runs, the longest being 2,000 feet and boasting a 230 foot drop. Buena Vista includes two terrain parks for adventurous ski tricksters who like to catch air and push winter’s boundaries. Ski facilities feature four chairlifts with a beginner’s tow, a chalet with cafe plus ski rentals and repairs

    Once a bustling logging community, Buena Vista Village between Blackduck and Bemidji is the area’s best winter recreation center! The area’s premier winter recreation center where visitors can enjoy both downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing, as well as an authentic sleigh ride – all overlooking the breathtaking scenery of the Continental Divide. Buena Vista, meaning “beautiful view” sits astride the Continental Divide which separates waters flowing north to the Hudson Bay and south to the Gulf of Mexico. At the top of the Divide, you will see spectacular scenery of forest and nine lakes surrounding the ski village complex. There is also the Lumberjack Hall of Fame to browse showing authentic, historic memorabilia from the logging days era.  Distance: 15 mins. away

    ALL TO ENJOY AT BUENA VISTA VILLAGE…

    16 Runs
    16 to 20% Rated Easy
    55% Rated More Difficult
    25% Rated Most Difficult
    Lift capacity: 4 chairlifts, 1 rope tow, tube lift
    Longest run: Earle’s Happy Trail at 2000 ft.
    Vertical drop: 230 ft.
    Snow-making coverage: 100% of ski area
    Length of season: Mid-November to March

    Buena Vista is the area’s premier spot to enjoy a host of favorite snow sports.

    Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding 

    Enjoy 16 downhill runs, the longest 2,000 ft. and boasting a 230 ft. drop. There are four chairlifts and a beginners tow.

    Terrain Park 

    Buena Vista offers two terrain parks– one is for juniors and one for more advanced ski and snowboarders. Learn tricks on boxes, rails and jumps. Special training sessions are available or can be arranged.

    Tubing Park 

    Looking for a great family or group activity? Snow tubing at Buena Vista offers a day of excellent fun, exercising in the fresh air of the beautiful northland. Tubes and tow lift are supplied–the rest is up to you!

    Buena Vista offers a full line of rental equipment (ski, snowboard and snow tubes), along with ski and snowboard lessons. On-site ski repair. Group events and competitions can be arranged.

    Cross Country Skiing 

    25km • Rated Intermediate to Experienced • Trail Map

    As home course to the internationally famous Minnesota Finlandia and Snowjourn races, Buena Vista is recognized as having some of the finest trails and scenery in the Midwest. Nine lakes and vast forest can be viewed in distant panoramas along Buena Vista’s 25 km of trails. The up and down landscape of Buena Vista makes it an ideal skiing terrain, as cross-country trails meander through forests of pine and hardwood, over rolling hills and skirt the shores of serene lakes.

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    Sleigh Rides 

    For the sheer romance of it all, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy countryside of Buena Vista. Tours take you around the historic logging village and through breathtaking, scenic forest trails. Scheduled tours and group rides available throughout the season.

    Continental Cafe & Chalet 

    Take a break from the activities in Buena Vista’s three-story chalet with two warming fireplaces while enjoying a snack at the Continental Cafe. Perfect for birthday, holidays or just about any party, as well as team building and business gatherings.

    Historic Buena Vista Village 

    It is like taking a step back in time to the historic lumberjack days of Paul Bunyan when you stop at Buena Vista’s Historic Lumberjack Hall of Fame. Here you can view a working sawmill, old-time logging sleighs, original logging paintings, an early1900’s schoolhouse and log church, and more. Buena Vista is also a ranch with facilities that include horses, barn, round pen, corrals, etc.

    DURING WARM WEATHER DAYS….

    Covered Wagon Rides 

    In the summer and fall months, ride in an authentic horse-drawn covered wagon on the high ridge known for centuries as the “Top of the World.” The narrated tour follows the Leech Lake-Red Lake Trail, the same route traveled by Native Americans, early explorers and pioneers. Your tour begins at the Lumberjack Hall of Fame building in Buena Vista Village. Along the wagon route you will hear the stories about the early homesteaders and their lives as you take-in spectacular views of Lake Julia overlooking the Continental Divide. Wildlife along the tour can typically include bald eagles, various birds, Canadian geese, fox, and deer.

    Ice Fishing

    Fish foodies swear there is nothing more delicious than a freshly pulled catch from the frozen northern waters. And if you are a catch and release enthusiast, winter fishing is a whole different brand of exciting fun– whether over a hole seated on a bucket, or toasting your toes in a decked-out fishhouse. Avid Blackduck, Red Lake and Bemidji fisherman find winter walleye success on most larger lakes in the area, and panfish active this time of year on many smaller lakes. Area guides and rentals available, with fun events such Winterfest’s Hardwater Classic tournament held in February.

    In winter, Blackduck Lake and Lake Bemidji turn into a frozen snowy village! Whether you use the drill-and-hope approach (like Grumpy Old Men) or latest in high-tech electronic gear, the great outdoors, the snow, the crisp, fresh air—ice fishing surrounding lakes may turn into one of the best fishing days you’ll ever have! Equipment and fish house rentals available around the Blackduck, Red Lake and Bemidji area.

    Snowshoeing

    Enjoy a beautiful snowshoeing trek at either of Bemidji’s two area state parks – Lake Bemidji and Itasca State Parks. In Itasca State Park, trails for snowshoeing include: Dr. Roberts, Schoolcraft, Brower, Mary Lake, LaSalle, or anywhere in the park except groomed trails and roads. Lake Bemidji State Park offers snowshoe rental and activities to explore the park forest on your own, or take a guided tour with a park naturalist. Both parks offer scheduled events as the Snowshoe Moon Walk where you can view the breathtaking northern stars as you tour by candlelight, as well as lacing workshops and snowshoe instructions.

    Other notable snowshoeing spots around Bemidji include:
    Movil Maze Recreational Trail System with an approximately 2 mile snowshoe trail.
    Three Island Park with a 3K designated snowshoe trail along the beautiful Turtle River.

    More about Lake Bemidji State Park
    More about Itasca State Park

    Cross-Country Skiing

    Cross Country Skier Magazine made this distinction… “The Bemidji region is one of the most attractive areas to ski in the United States.” Beautiful as well as bountiful, there are nine trails sites located downtown or just minutes away, offering skiers more than 80 miles of challenging and spectacular scenery. With a variety of ski style trails for every level of skill, you’ll soon see why Bemidji is home to so many cross-country skiing enthusiasts. Over 100 miles of challenging and scenic trails can be enjoyed at Bemidji’s nine trail sites, all located in and around Bemidji. Trails are groomed and tracked for classical and skate skiing techniques, for all levels of skill and enjoyment.

    Sign up for Trail Condition Reports

    SOME OF BEMIDJI’S FAVORITE CROSS-COUNTRY TRAILS….

    Montebello Trail

    4 km • Rated Easy • Trail Map
    Located in the heart of the City of Bemidji, close to many hotels and restaurants, the Montebello Trail is a gentle course especially suited to beginners. Two km of the trail is lit making Bemidji one of the few communities to offer a lighted trail section for night cross-country skiing.

    Lake Bemidji State Park

    16 km • Rated Easy to Intermediate • Trail Map
    On the north shore of Lake Bemidji, Lake Bemidji State Park offers trails that are predominately tracked for classical skiing, with another 1.3 miles of skate skiing trails, and a half-mile ungroomed. Each trail offers beautiful scenery that winds through the deep forest and skirts the lake. You can also tour these trails by the glow of candlelight with up to 5 km of easy and intermediate groomed ski trails lit for a magical night of skiing on select dates. The annual Volkslauf Classic ski race is another popular skiing event held at the park. Consider, too, there are another 28 miles of trails within 5-miles of the park, all part of the Minnesota Ski Trail system.

    More about Lake Bemidji State Park

    Buena Vista Village

    25km • Rated Intermediate to Experienced • Trail Map
    As the home course for the internationally famous Minnesota Finlandia and Snowjourn races, Buena Vista is recognized as having some of the finest trails and scenery in all of the Midwest! Nine lakes and vast forest can be viewed in distant panoramas along Buena Vista’s 25 km of trails. The up and down landscape of Buena Vista makes it an ideal skiing terrain as cross-country trails meander through pine and hardwood forests, over rolling hills and skirt the shores of serene lakes.

    Movil Maze

    14.5 km • Rated Intermediate to Expert
    Named for a network of cross-country ski trails that was constructed in 1979 for the first Minnesota Finlandia Ski Marathon, today Movil Maze offers over 14 kilometers of trails that vary in scenery and topography. This 913 acre recreational area with it’s steep hills is a favorite training ground for local racers. Entirely in the woods, single-track trails take you through black spruce bog land, red pine and mixed hardwood, with great rolling hills and sweeping corners.

    Three Island Park

    30 km • Easy to Intermediate
    The 2,864 acres Three Island is an area of exceptional beauty, with diverse forests of hardwoods and conifers. 28K of cross-country ski trails wind along Three Island Lake, and along (and even crossing) the scenic Turtle River. Winter birding is known to be excellent in this area, with straggling migrants and resident species such as great gray owls to pursue. In winter it is also fun to identify a variety of wildlife tracks on the trail or lake ice.

    C.V. Hobson Forest Trail

    7 km • Easy to Intermediate • Trail Map
    This trail has special appeal for beginner and intermediate skiers. Double-tracked for classic skiing, the trail runs through red and white pine, across a tamarack bog, and beside Lake Lyra. Owned by Bemidji State University, this beautiful forest is dedicated to environmental research and recreation.

    Fern Lake Trail

    3.5km • Easy to Intermdiate • Trail Map
    This south side Bemidji trail near Fern Lake is groomed for classical skiing, with also a new skating track for ski skaters. The route is enjoyed with a long downhill section that takes skiers through a towering Norway pine stand.

    Itasca State Park

    28 km • Rated Easy, Intermediate and Advanced • Trail Map
    Surrounding the source of the Mississippi River, Itasca State Park grooms 13 miles of trails for cross-country skiers– many for classical stride, others for skating, with some groomed for both. Along the route skiers see the legacy of Jacob Brower, the far-sighted surveyor who, in 1891, used his own salary to start piecing together Minnesota’s first state park. Itasca also offers skijoring to its winter menu, with seven miles of trails available for visitors to enjoy with their dogs. Warming shelter, and ski trail information is available at Jacob Brower Visitor Center, typically open weekends and holidays during the winter season. Candlelight trail events held in January and February.

    More about Itasca State Park

    Bemidji High School Trail

    7 km • Rated Easy • Trail Map
    Home to the Bemidji High School Nordic Ski Teams, the trail is easy, wide and groomed for classical and skate skiing. Close to downtown Bemidji, the southern section of the route borders the Mississippi River basin.

    Finlandia

    Known as “The Nordic Festival of the North,” the Finlandia is a premier North American cross-country ski event that has been held in Bemidji since 1982. The race, originally a part of the USSA’s Great American Ski Chase for nineteen years, is also a part of the Minnesota Skinny ski Series, where it was voted “Best Course”and “Best Overall Event” by skiers of this series. It is also truly an international event, attracting citizen and elite skiers from around the world. Originally held at the Movil Maze trails, the race was moved to the scenic and challenging trails that crisscross the Continental Divide at Buena Vista ever since. Events for this February weekend include the Buena Vista Classic 25km, 25k Pursuit, Minnesota Finlandia 50km, 25k Bemidjithon, and the1st National Bank Northwoods 10k Tour. This world class ski event is open to everyone and features spaghetti feeds, award ceremony, ski-centered activities and more. For more info go to www.minnesotafinlandia.com.

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    Chippewa National Forest Ski Trails

    The sound of your skis across the new snow…gliding through the trees. The scent of balsam as you rush down the hill, the herringbone tracks as you scurry up… this is skiing at its best. There are over 298 miles of non-motorized crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing trails within the Chippewa National Forest.

    More about Chippewa National Forest ski trails

    Just about Anything on Ice

    Don’t be surprised to see an ice boat zip on by at 40 mph during a winter visit to Blackduck and Bemidji. And while not a scheduled event (yet!) a game of snow golf can spring up in a moment…or perhaps a game of turkey bowling, mutt sled racing, and, of course, the annual Polar Plunge swim extravaganza. Just about anything you can think of doing on ice or in the snow to test one’s winter mettle is considered game (and fun!) in Bemidji! To keep up with all the winter activities and unique events, be sure to check the Events calendar.

    Northern Lights Viewing

    The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that happen often in Northern Minnesota (more frequently in Northeastern Minnesota). They appear in different colors and shape rays, glows, and patches that cover the night sky. It is impossible to predict when they will appear. The best chance to see them is in the spring or the fall. However, they have appeared in the middle of winter. The best viewing is usually on a clear, dark night and follows temperature fluctuations. During the summer, the lights are rarely spotted before midnight, but in the winter they can be seen as early as 8 pm.

    Ice Skating

    Outdoor skating rinks can be enjoyed at Bemidji’s Nymore Park and City Park. Each features a warming house that serves both the hockey and pleasure rinks. Open broom ball is also scheduled during select winter times. Bring your own skates or rentals available.

    Curling

    On a Sunday afternoon, January 13, 1935, near the end of the Great Depression, the Bemidji Curling Club was organized at a meeting at the Tourist Information Building. Today, the walls of this Club are lined with more than 100 banners signifying years of state and national championships, and Bemidji is nationally recognized as “The Curling Capital of the USA.” The distinction comes from the Club’s long line of curling champions, including the men and women representing the United States in the 2005 World Curling Championship and the 2006 Winter Olympics in which half of the ten member team called Bemidji home. The men’s team had an exciting race capturing the bronze medal in Torino, Italy. The Bemidji Curling club has 6 sheets of ice and hosts multiple bonspiels throughout the season. Men, women and children can all compete and are welcome stop by the Bemidji Curling Club to watch all the action as the Club hosts many state and national championship tournaments, with bonspiels and tournament play often held on weekends, and club play during the week. The Club features a general viewing area on the first floor and another viewing area upstairs with a bar. Classes are available for all ages through high school, the University and Community Ed. For more information on this exciting sport, visit www.bemidjicurling.org.

    BSU Hockey Games

    The 59-year history of Bemidji State University’s men’s hockey distinguishes the BSU Beavers among the greatest collegiate sports programs. With 21 conference titles, 13 small-college national championships, and a trip to the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four, BSU has also seen 82 All-American student-athletes, as well as eight former Beavers go on to play on hockey’s grandest stage—the National Hockey League. The Beavers traditionally play one of the toughest home schedules in the nation, in one of the country’s best facilities, The Sanford Center. You don’t want to miss any of this action, typically held September thru February.

    Sanford Center Entertainment Arena 

    Awarded the Prime Site Award for Excellence, the Sandford Center, with attached hotel overlooking Lake Bemidji, offers unmatched flexible space for gatherings of all reasons and sizes. As greater Minnesota’s premier facility, Bemidji’s 185,000 sq. ft. Center offers flexible space to accommodate meetings, conventions, exhibits, sport activities, training, concerts… just about any event or gathering need you have!

    Movie Theaters

    Blackduck Theater - Blackduck. Offer Matinee and evening shows.  Distance: 5 mins. away

    Bemidji Theaters - 5284 Theater Lane NW Bemidji, Contact 218-759-0324 for information and show times. Offer matinee and evening shows.  Distance: 28 mins. away

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