Bemidji Area Winter Recreation -      Snowmobile and XC Ski Trail Conditions   

Over 400 miles of snowmobile trails with connections to all the trails in Minnesota.  Trails officially open December 1h - April 1 Conditions permitting    160 KM of X-C Ski Trails

This report is provided by the 
North Country Snowmobile Club

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This report is produced by the
Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club

March 14, 2016
Early spring weather has deteriorated trails for the season.  See you next year!

Trail Name   Miles  

Debs           19.1      
Old Fosston  16       
Nebish         26.2     
Deer Lake    17
Tri-Club        55       
Buena Vista  4                    
Blue Ox   26.6 Rail grade
Peterson Lake 9.9  Forested.         
North Hwy  21.4 Ditch            
Movil Maze  2.5   Forest, hilly. 
West Hwy  19.3  Ditch.       
Paul Bunyan  36 Rail grade. 
Grace Lake   19.4   
Power Dam   17.1               
Becida    24.2              
City Lights  7.1 Rail grade.
Bemidji/Itasca 13                  
Schoolcraft    8.4
Lake Bemidji State Park  3.5  Forest 
Groomed, 3" base on average. Fair condition.

Trails officially close April1


March 14, 2016
Season has ended.  See you next year!

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Lake Bemidji State Park
16km, Double Classical Tracks, 2K skate lane along bike trail. Easy/Interm:
3/2/16  Groomed, very good condition. 3- 4" base.
Hobson Forest Trail
7km, Double Classical Tracks, Easy/Interm

Montebello Trail
High School Ski Team trains here after school. A fun night skiing opportunity - easy to see trail.
Skate Lane & Classical Track, 2km Lighted until 10 pm, Easy:
2/29/16 Groomed for skate only.

Three Island County Park  
30+km, Skate Lane & Classical Track, Easy/Interm:
2/17/16 North trails groomed for skate & classic.  Great shape.
2/3/16 Blue trail skate & classic groomed.  Red trail skate lane tuned up.

Movil Maze Trail
14km, Skate Lane & Classical Track, Interm/Expert,
2 mi snowshoe trail:
2/29/16 Skate lane groomed.
Buena Vista-
25km, Skate Lane & Classical Track, Interm/Expert
Park on west side in lot near townhall.
2/21/16  Grooming and prepped for MN Finlandia on Feb 27.
Fern Lake Trail
Classical, new skating track included.  From Bemidji take Hwy 71 S, turn R on N Lake Plantagenet Rd. Drive N for about 3 miles.  Welle Dr is across from the groomer's access point, no legal parking, next access is for snowmobiles and third access is the XC Trailhead with parking.  Clockwise up the one BIG hill, counterclockwise down the BIG hill.
Bemidji High School Forest Trail
Access  info:  from town, pass through stoplights for BHS and turn left at hockey arena entrance.  Curve left behind BHS to BIG white propane tank and maintenance outbuilding-don't block access.  GIA trail so need MN Ski Pass unless District 31 student. 
2/29/16, Groomed for skate.

Itasca State Park Visitor Center - has two fireplaces, lounge area, bathroom and maps. 
Itasca phone:  218-699-7251 
Lake Bemidji State Park :  218-308-2300.

Bemidji Area Cross-Country Ski Club 2016 Events
Sunday Ski School:
Jan 10, 17, 24   1:30-3:30 pm
Bemidji Middle School cafeteria/Montebello Ski Trails
Montebello Night Ski -
February 5
Barneloppet - Children's Race - January 31   1:00 pm
Candle Light Ski 
February 13   6-9 p.m.
Tour the park trails at Lake Bemidji State Park by the warm glow of candlelight. Up to 5 km of easy and intermediate groomed ski trails will be lit for this magical night of skiing or snowshoeing. Along the way, you may stop to warm up by the fire and roast marshmallows. This event is hosted by the Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club and Lake Bemidji State Park. Snowshoe rentals are available at the park office. Park vehicle permit and ski pass will be required.

Snowjourn Race - January 16,  Buena Vista west side trails.
Black Lake Loppet - March: TBD at Harrington's private trails.   11:30 am.
Keg n Cork Classic
- March: TBD at Three Island County Park Dam/Shelter  3 pm  Classic track only.



City of Bemidji TRAIL SYSTEM

Laws & Regulations Registration/Permits


A Snowmobile State Trail sticker is required for all persons
 operating a snowmobile on state or grant-in-aid trails. 
The annual trail sticker is valid from November 1 - April 30 
and costs $16 ($15 permit fee plus $1 filing fee).  
A $31 three-year sticker will be available beginning 
October 1, 2005.  The three-year permit can only be 
purchased in conjunction with a registration.  Anyone 
stopped by enforcement and found operating on a state 
or grant-in-aid trail without a sticker will be required to
purchase a $31 annual sticker. 
($30 permit fee plus $1 filing fee.) 
Available at businesses hosting Electronic Licensing.   
Agents List found at: 
Skiers 16 & over must have MN Ski Pass to ski trails.  
$6 Day Pass (available at most State Parks) 
$20 Annual,  $55 Three Year
Available through DNR Electronic Licensing System at stores selling hunting and fishing licenses.  
Online at 
Lake Bemidji State Park.  218-308-2300
or at ELS Licensing Agent.
Agent List found at: 

Buena Vista Ski Area open for season.
Click above link for ski/snowboard/tubing conditions


Lake Bemidji State Park offers snowshoe rental and activities or explore the park forest on your own. Map of park available at ranger station.
The Movil Maze Recreational trail system has an approximately 2 mile snowshoe trail, accessible from the parking lot.  Trailhead ajacent to kiosk.
Three Island County Park has a 3K designated snowshoe trail along the Turtle River area of the park.
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