Bemidji

"First City on the Mississippi" and a great little lake, too!

Paul Bunyan. Babe the Blue Ox. Itasca State Park. My first float-plane ride. Fishing. Some of the best memories of my life are the result of experiences that were surrounded by these phrases and many others as my family headed north for our annual summer vacation.

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox - at home adjacent to Tourist Info Center since 1937.  Photo courtesy visitbemidji.com

There were both relatives and resorts in the north woods and my mom and dad took my sister and me there for what have become memories of a lifetime. Our final destination was a little town called Bagley – just west of Bemidji Minnesota – but we always stopped first in Bemidji.

And this was where I got my first look at Paul and Babe, and where I experienced the thrill of stepping across the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park (where the Mississippi actually begins), and where so many other marvelous memories were born. I cannot speak highly enough of that area, and when I take the time to allow myself to go back there – in my mind – I have a difficult time holding back the tears.

Three generations at Itasca State Park

Until a few years ago (2007) I had not been back to Bemidji for probably twenty years, and I would have thought that the town - not unlike many others, had grown considerably. And while I discovered that is has grown, it is still a place that I dearly love and one that I am sure will always be a great place to vacation with your family. So go there. Enjoy… and build some marvelous memories of your own.  R. Karl

 

Places to Stay

Year Round Lake Vermilion House

Lake Home - Amazing Views & Private Sand Beach

3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath, Sleeps 8  (2300 sq. ft.)

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Loon Landing on Lake Bemidji

Loon Landing on East Side

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 8  (1800 sq. ft.)

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Bemidji

Lake Facts

  • Size: 6580 acres
  • Depth: Max - 76 feet
  • Fish Species: Muskie, Northern Pike, Walleye, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Rock Bass
  • Etc.: The word Bemidji means "Lake with crossing waters".  It receives water from and is drained by the Mississippi River.  Here on the south shore of the lake, Paul and Babe have stood since 1937.
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Fishing Links

Minnesota Hunting & Fishing Licenses

Things to see

Itasca State Park & Headwaters of the Mississippi

Read about our excursion to Itasca State Park!