Hayes Lake State Park

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Hayes Lake State Park

Some days it's just you, loons, and moose, while you traverse around Hayes Lake. Fed by the north fork of the Roseau River, the lake supports crappie, sunfish, large mouth bass, and northern. Birdwatchers have spotted over 200 species in or near the park. The summer is perfect to look for orchids, gentians, and blueberries (you can pick the berries, but not the flowers). Visitors also enjoy swimming and canoeing in the lake, along with camping. Trails for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding connect with the Beltrami Island State Forest.

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Visitor Alert

Trail Conditions:

Due to an undercut trail in two locations, the horse and hiking trail leading from the old group camp site to the entrance from county road 19 is currently closed pending repairs.

Reservation Changes

  • All campsites at this park are now reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available during the camping season. Please check the reservation website for season open and close dates.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

(Updated Nov. 21, 2017)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
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Bemis Hill Forest Campground:

Hayes Lake State Park also manages the Bemis Hill Forest Campground and day-use area located 6 miles northeast of the park.

Motor Use on Hayes Lake:

Hayes Lake is contained completely within the boundaries of Hayes Lake State Park, thus motor use on Hayes Lake is restricted to electric motors only.

Friends of Hayes Lake State Park:

The Friends of Hayes Lake State Park are actively seeking new members! Membership is open to individuals and organizations interested in supporting Hayes Lake State Park through park improvement projects and volunteer activities. Call the park at 218-425-7504 for membership information.

Gift Cards:

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Hayes Lake State Park.


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Park Highlights

tree Scenic Views: Grefthen Bay Overlook

tree Hayes Dam Area

tree New Bog Boardwalk

tree History Trail

tree Great Wildlife Observation

tree Timberwolves


There are no regular office hours in the off season. The office will be open as staff is available.


48990 County Road 4
Roseau, MN 56751

tel: 218-425-7504

email: hayeslake.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Entrance to the park is 15 miles south of the town of Roseau on State Highway 89, then 9 miles east on Roseau County Road 4.