Each of Bemidji’s waterways – from lake to river, pond to bog – brings a distinctive personality to the area, as well as park water programs to educate and entertain. Bemidji area lakes also provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including beavers, muskrats, trumpeter swans, mallards, blue herons, wood ducks, Canadian geese, eagles, and the state bird – the loon. With Lake Bemidji as a central location for the area, there are plenty of unique lake activities and events to join in on as well, from the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival in the summer to sled dog races in the winter.