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Scenic State Park
  5 Stars (5 Ratings)
  56956 Scenic Hwy 7
      Bigfork, Minnesota 56628
  United States
  (218) 743-3362
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Description

With its pristine lakes, virgin pines, swimming beach, and wilderness-like setting, Scenic State Park is well deserving of its name. Here, visitors can hike the Chase Point Trail for hypnotic views of Coon and Sandwick Lakes and listen to the wind whistle through the giant pines. The park's overnight facilities include campsites (boat-in, drive-in, backpack), and a cabin. The historic lodge houses interpretive displays.

Wildlife
More than 40 species of animals inhabit Scenic State Park including bald eagles, ospreys, loons, jays, pileated woodpeckers and a variety of songbirds. Birders consider this one of the best places in the state to see the hard-to-find spruce grouse. Along the lakes, marshes and streams, you may come across frogs, toads or even snakes. Otters, beavers and an occasional moose share this 3,360-acre habitat.

History
Although the Ojibwe used this area as part of their hunting grounds, there is little evidence that it was heavily used.

Geology
During the last glacial period, imagine a sheet of ice hundreds of feet high slowly creeping and gouging the earth. As the climate changed and glaciers began to melt, the retreating glaciers left behind depressions, ridges and deposits of soil that formed the rolling hills throughout the area.

Landscape
Scenic State Park protects the entire virgin pine shorelands of Coon and Sandwick Lakes, plus part of the Lake of the Isles, Tell Lake, Cedar Lake and Pine Lake. Coon and Sandwick lakes are the most popular places in the park and offer great fishing for walleyes, northerns, bass and panfish. The park is located in the Laurentian Mixed Forest landscape region abundant with aspen-birch, white and red pine, jack pine and mixed hardwoods.

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Campgrounds: 2 Campsites: 98
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Jeff P.
5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
This was a fun park to stay at. Very wooded and the lakes are beautiful. There are some nice hiking trails. One takes you out .9 miles to a penninsula in the middle of the two lakes with a great view. The Chase Point Campground has lots of trees and a neat boardwalk area along the lake. Lodge Campground is a little more open and can be a little on the wet side. This is an excellant State Park if you like fishing!
Erin R.
5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
Great park. Enjoyed biking and hiking. Went during a quiet weekday during the Fall and LOVED it! Stayed here while my husband grouse hunted. Great hunting that is very close by to park. Will definitely be staying again.
Brian P.
5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
Great park! Offers good hiking, nice camp sites, lake access, fishing! Nice location, we had a very good weekend here. I'll keep this on my list of places worth going back to!
Unknown
5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
Really nice park. Lovely lakes and views with lots of great hiking trails. Great for those who like to fish as well as those who want to just get away from it all.
Unknown
5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
  Quiet and colorful
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
My family and I camped 3 days early Oct, Chase Point CG. Dazzling fall colors and few campers, zero mosquitoes! We hiked and canoed. Wildlife was everywhere. We watched several groups of loons dancing and calling on Coon lake. Had a trumpeter swan family do a fly by on Chase Point. Watched swan families early morning. Deer, red squirrels, spruce and ruffed grouse, ducks. The board walk along the lake shore is beautiful with the white cedar trees bowed out over the lake shore. Grouse hunting nearby on state and national forest areas.
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