• Community sailing lessons
  • Hardwater Classic Ice Fishing Tournament
  • Bemidji Town & Country Club
  • Northland Fat Tire Rally
  • Finlandia Ski Marathon
  • Frisbee Disc Golf at City Park
  • Montebello Park Ski Trail
  • Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area
  • Cameron Park
  • Buena Vista Ski Area
  • Lake Bemidji State Park
  • Curling on Lake Bemidji during Winterfest

Lakes and woods offer endless entertainment

Outdoors magazine named Bemidji one of the nation’s “Top Towns” for outdoor recreation, and that was a decided understatement.

The Bemidji area is a paradise for hunters and fishermen – and equally for devotees of jet skis, snowmobiles and four-wheelers. It’s also a mecca for committed canoeists and sailors and an endless adventure for cross-country skiers, hikers and cyclists. Golfers can enjoy the Bemidji Town & Country Club and numerous other nearby courses in gorgeous north woods settings.

Not surprisingly, lots of locals take full advantage of all these pursuits, and visitors flock here year-round, enjoying their own vacation homes, as well as the hospitality of more than 60 area resorts and other abundant and top-quality lodging.

There are 400 fishing lakes within 25 miles of the city, and over 500 snowmobile trails and 160 kilometers of cross-country ski trails in and around the city. Beautiful Lake Bemidji State Park is 15 minutes from downtown, and the world-famous Itasca State Park, Headwaters of the Mississippi, is less than an hour away.

And right there in Bemidji’s front yard is lovely Lake Bemidji itself, 6,765 acres of glistening water that is as ideal for serious walleye fishing as it is for a sunset pontoon cruise.