The First City on the Mississippi River, the Bemidji area boasts more than 1,000 lakes, rivers and streams – with more than 400 of those lakes falling within 25 miles of the town. The fishing waters of the Bemidji area attract anglers from far and wide with their ample stocks of walleye, northern pike, bass, and perch.
All of these species reproduce naturally, meanwhile a program is in place to stock Lake Bemidji and other nearby waters with muskies. Locals have reported muskies weighing up to 40 pounds being caught in the area.
The woods around Bemidji, which include part of the Chippewa National Forest, offer more than just fishing: golfing, biking, hiking, canoeing, boating, nature watching, geocaching, snowmobiling, cross country and downhill skiing are other popular outdoor activities that the whole family will enjoy.
Indoor entertainments include several art galleries, museum, the Headwaters Science Center, and two casinos run by local Native American tribes.
For accommodations, fishermen can choose between the dozens of campgrounds,lodges, resorts, B&Bs, and rental cabins scattered throughout the forest, or else one of the many fine motels and hotels closer to town. Restaurants in the area offer everything from microbrews and burgers to fine dining by the lakeside, while Bemidji stores cater to all the visitor’s needs from groceries and sporting goods to unique antiques and native handicrafts.
Bodies of Water: Lake Bemidji, Lake Plantangenet, Big Turtle Lake, Little Turtle Lake, Lake Movil, Big Bass Lake, Turtle River Lake, Pimushe Lake, Big Rice Lake, Big Moose Lake, Lake Campbell, Fox Lake, Three Island Lake