OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Spring Summer & Fall Activities

The variety of outdoor activities available in Bemidji is as diverse as its culture and seasons. There is truly ‘something for everyone’ to experience outdoor in the true northwoods of Bemidji. Named one of Minnesota’s “Fit Cities” in 2009, this honor recognizes Bemidji for the available facilities, activities, trails and parklands, as well as Bemidji’s focus on encouraging active living and promoting a bevy of physical recreations for all ages and interests.
Bike
Birding in Bemdji
Amusements
ATV/OHV
Geocaching
Golf
BSU Outdoor Program Center (OPC)
Skateboard Park
Hunting
Walking & Hiking
Disc Golf
Golf Tourneys:
Birchmont & Vandersluis
Loop the Lake
Top of the World
Covered Wagon Tours

Bike

Peddle off in any direction on one of Bemidji’s eight varied trails, ranging from 6 to 160 miles. Explore a city route around downtown Bemidji, or try a more challenging ride at an area park. Shuttles and Nice Ride bike rentals available.

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Birding in Bemidji

With over 200 species of birds that include the beloved loon and the largest nesting population of Bald Eagles in continental US, Bemidji’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

Amusements

From zip lines through the pines on the Character Challenge Course to lions, tigers, and bears at Paul Bunyan’s Animal Land, Bemidji offers unique outings for you to make unique memories.

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ATV/OHV

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/OHM 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.

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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.

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Golf

Discover golf carved directly from nature… Overlooking Lake Bemidji is the Bemidji Town & Country Club, an exceptionally beautiful course that is home to two annually renown tournaments. Further north you will find Castle Highland, an 18-hole course with abundant wildlife, beautiful trees and rolling hills winding along the scenic Turtle River. Tucked in the woods just east of Bemidji is the Greenwood Golf Course, an 18 hole Executive course for golfers of all skill levels.

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BSU Outdoor Program Center (OPC)

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.

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

Skateboard Park

Bemidji’s own 14,000 sq. ft. skate plaza, located in the 80-acre City Park, has been described as “one of the best!” Professionally designed by an award-winning skatepark builder, the park is fully cement and features a china banks replica, snake run, bowl and other popular street features.

Hunting

A serious business and passion, Bemidji remains the premier northern destination for hunters in pursuit of deer, grouse, waterfowl and more. Consider, too, taking a guided wolf or bear hunt, or try one of our area hunting preserves.

Hunting in Chippewa National Forest

Walking & Hiking

Enjoy a beautiful hiking trail just about anywhere in Bemidji – from a tour along the shore of Lake Bemidji 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.

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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.

Golf Tourneys: Birchmont & Vandersluis

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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.

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Loop the Lake

EVENT

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.

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Top of the World Covered Wagon Tours

Take an historic, narrated tour following the same route traveled by Native Americans and the early explorers and pioneers. Your breathtaking, scenic journey is riding in an authentic horse-drawn covered wagon that climbs high along the ridge known for centuries as “Top of the World,” overlooking the Continental Divide. Scheduled tour dates in fall. Personal tours can be arranged during the summer season.

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