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HOGEYE

Children friendly campground near Bemidji.

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HOGEYE

I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old and would like to take them somewhere tenting near Bemidji this summer. Will be tenting and would be nice to have a play area,nice beach and some panfish to keep the boy busy. Anyone have any reccomendations/

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woodman

You can not beat Bemidji State Park! It has all you are looking for! grin.gif

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Jeremiah Johnson

a smaller suggestion would be N. Twin, away from the city. but i dont know how busy that gets during the summer...

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Jeremiah Johnson

oops blush.gif, nevermind that, there isnt a play area or a designated beach, although it is sandy near the boat launch.

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HOGEYE

We go to Lake Bemiji State Park quite a bit, but there isn't much for playground type equipment.

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big drift

Just jump in the boat and head over to either Diamond Point park (maybe under construction this summer), Cameron Park or south end Nymore Park.

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Chris Haley

Are you bringing a boat?? Either way, the Lake Bemidji State Park is the way to go. They rent boats if you don't have one. They have a protected harbor if you do. GREAT panfishing can be had either for perch in front of the park or by going down the east side of the lake and heading down the mississippi towards stump for bluegill, sunnies, and crappies.

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Chris Haley

Also consider a guide. Ask your guide when you book about children. I love to have kids in my boat. Any fish I hook will be reeled in by one of your kids. This also allows you care free fishing because you don't have to watch the kids.

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HOGEYE

Thanks. We fish lake Bemidji all the time and I do have a boat. I was thinking of a private campground. Aslo, Diamond Point will be under construction and closed for the majority of the summer.

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ib_jigged

My wife and I have a seasonal spot at Hamilton's on Fox Lake. Nice campground with a beautiful beach, perch and sunny action off the docks and decent fishing in the lake. Also connected to Lake Beltrami. Nice playground area and game room also. Gabe, Judy and David are great hosts!!!!

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woodman

There are no fish in Beltrami! smirk.gif Great fishing lake for the kids. We take our kids out there every year for Take A Kid Fishing and have a blast! Good Recomendation!

I have a cabin on Beltrami and have fished that lake for 30 years. Man am I getting old! grin.gif

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ib_jigged

I honestly have not fished each Fox or Beltrami all that much. But have had some luck. We will be on our third year at Fox. Nice little lake. Beltrami is a beautiful lake as well. I will have to try and learn it a little better this year smile.gif

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woodman

Was out there yesterday running the boat and searching for some gills and crappies. Somebody was in my secret spot, so we just got the lines wet and all the kinks out before opener. The kids loved the boat ride and fishing again. People were putting the docks in and the pontoons were cruising the lake also! Great sight. Cabin looked good and now it is time to go work on that! grin.gif

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ib_jigged

Will be at Fox this weekend getting the camper setup for the summer. Will have the boat ready for the opening weekend. How does the channel look? Is the water very low? I have a 16' Lund, I know I have needed to trim up the last few years, will I still make over to Beltrami?

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woodman

We saw a 16 fter go through to Fox last weekend. We did not go through the JUNGLE this trip, but will this summer so the kids can look at the fish.

Lake looked normal to me, but the test will be when we wheel the dock in!

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Steve Foss

Ahhh, Beltrami and Fox. We've had a place on Beltrami since 1983. Not as long as Woodman, but it seems a long time, now. Guess I'm getting old, too. grin.gif

The channel between Fox and Beltrami is generally easy for a 16-footer/35-hp to go through with no problem. Even in low water periods it's navigable, although it's extra shallow right at the first curve coming off Fox (where the beaver lodge is) and as the channel makes the Y at the Beltrami end (with the other part of the Y heading to Movil.) There also are a handful of good-sized rocks that can nip a prop about 20 yards down on the Beltrami side of the aforementioned beaver lodge.

I have, in my younger days, taken the 16 Lund with 35 Johnson through the channel at full tilt with little problem as long as I slowed down and pulled the motor up to half mast at each end. But every once in awhile a log will come loose and float as a deadhead in that channel. Yikes! grin.gif

Woodman, I reckon we share that secret spot. Good thing not many people fish crappies on Beltrami anymore, since those crappies got nailed and knocked way down several years ago.

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woodman

That spot got hammered the past few weeks and it is sad to see, but when the bite is on the word travels like pollen! grin.gif

The JUNGLE is a neat place to take the kids to view fish. I remember growing up and taking the boat ride with Grandpa to see the fish in the jungle. Now my dad does the same with our kids, and the Jungle ride will live FOREVER! grin.gif

Good luck this weekend, and when you are up at the cabin and see a GREEN Burb in the TEEPVEE VU yard, pull in and have a cold one with us. Don't mistake the GREEN for a BLUE YUKON that is my aunt and uncle. Looking forward to meeting you and talking BELTRAMI with ya!

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Steve Foss

I'll do that, woodman. We'll be up Memorial Day weekend, but I have a wedding to shoot Friday night and all day and into Saturday night, then it's family stuff all day Sunday and Monday. But I'll keep an eye out for your vehicle and will swing in one of these days.

Crappies in shallow mucky springtime bays are one of the reasons I'm glad the DNR dropped the limit to 10. Even that doesn't stop the carnage when they're in two feet of water for a couple weeks. frown.gif

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corkycard

How do I get to Fox Lake from the Crookston area? Do you have a number to call to see if they have any open spots. This place sounds great. laugh.gif

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woodman

Go north of Bemidji on hwy 71 north 10 miles. take county road 22 west about 4 miles and it is on your left (south) side of the road.

Try google Fox Lake Campground.

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