Visitors to Lake Bemidji State Park can begin making reservations for four newly installed camper cabins on June 18 for arrival dates starting June 29.
The rustic, one-room cabins provide basic shelter for up to six visitors (or five in wheelchair-accessible cabins) who want a "camping out" experience but who may not have the necessary equipment for typical camping.
"These cabins are perfect for families that would like to introduce their kids to a camping experience, or for those who want to stay overnight at the park but aren't able or don't want to sleep on the ground," explained Pete Harrison, Lake Bemidji State Park manager.
The new cabins are heated for year-round use. Two of them are wheelchair accessible. The cabins do not have indoor plumbing, but they are located in or near the park's campground, where seasonal restrooms, showers and drinking water are available. Vault toilets are available year-round at all locations.
As at other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas, the 12-foot by 16-foot wooden cabins have a table with benches inside, as well as wooden bunk-bed frames with mattresses. Outside, the cabins have a picnic table, fire ring and grill for outdoor cooking.
The cabins are semi-private, with their own view of the park's natural areas. They are also located within easy access of the many miles of trails offered in the park, for both summer and winter recreational use.
The nightly rate for the cabins is $50. Reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance of a scheduled first night stay. To reserve a cabin, go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/reservations_campercabin.html.
The Lake Bemidji State Park cabins may be available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis before June 29. Contact the park at 218-308-2300 for further updates.
To learn more about camper cabins, visit www.mndnr.gov.