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

Ski Trails Are Open!

Thanks to the generous efforts of the Friends of Hayes Lake State Park volunteer group in partnership with the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota, the cross country ski trails at Hayes Lake are once again groomed and open for use. 

(Updated Jan. 13, 2018)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

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.

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Only use approved firewood!

Help prevent the spread of tree-killing insects by burning only approved firewood, available at all Minnesota State Parks.


Get the Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. for Hayes Lake State Park.

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.