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"Bemidji, Minnesota" Bemidji by gregoryr1m

Bemidji Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 57 photos

First City on the Mississippi

Bemidji, considered the first city on the Mississippi where the river winds downward 2,552 miles to the gulf of Mexico. It is a haven for sportsman, bird watchers, and artists. If you visit Bemidji Minnesota, I encourage you to bring your fishing gear, a good pair of hiking boots and a camera. And take that equipment and visit Chippewa National Forest, Itasca State Park, and/or Bemidji State Park. They of course have plenty of lakes to fish from, and many trails to hike on, and a lot of wildlife to photograph. I'd say that this part of Minnesota is about the prettiest in the state.

If you need a boat, there are several places to rent them; Clear Vue Resort, Dare's Den, and Ruttger's Birtchmont Lodger to name just a few. Bemidji State University rents out sail boats if sailing is your thing. You can also rent canoes if you'd like to travel The Turtle River a Chippewa National Forest or the Mississippi Headwaters at Itasca State Park by canoe

But always bring your camera, you might see some bald eagles, or loons, or even a moose cow.

Paul Bunyan and Babe in 1957

This picture above was taken by my father in 1957 and I created a postcard look to it in photoshop.

  • Last visit to Bemidji: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    [07/15/07] Wonderful diary entries in your travelogue! This is an interesting place and your photos and text add to its beauty.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2006 at 1:13 PM

    We used to go canoeing in the Quetico. Is that anywhere near Bemidji?

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2006 at 7:47 PM

    Great page! Bemidji sounds like a beautiful place, looks like it's quite worth visiting!

  • Tugboatguy's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2005 at 8:22 PM

    Greg, Very good tips! Bemidji is a great place in the right time of year. But, in Winter it can be the Ice Box of the Nation! Doug

  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2005 at 5:39 AM

    Lovely pages of a place I never knew existed. Seems like a nice, quite and relaxing place ... lucky incident with the cop :) Love the still water reflections in Lake Bemidji.

  • ForeverGypsy's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2005 at 3:30 PM

    Thanks for the warm welcome Greg, appreciate it :-) I'm sorry i dont know laura4n8. As i make my forays into Atlanta's little secret corners i'll make sure to update my Atlanta pages :-) Cheers

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2005 at 8:10 PM

    cool page and I like the postcard you created with your dad's pics. the fanily connection is a nice touch!

  • Feb 10, 2005 at 9:48 AM

    Hi Greg, looks like a place to relax, which is sometimes all you need to get away from everyday stress, thanks for sharing. Regards Martin

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2004 at 12:05 PM

    Sounds like a beautiful place!

  • shivan's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2004 at 4:47 PM

    nice page Greg. I loved Minnesota


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