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Upcoming activities at Lake Bemidji State Park

BEMIDJI--Here's a look at activities this week at Lake Bemidji State Park. The park is located northeast of Bemidji at 3401 State Park Road NE. Parking permits are required. See park office.

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Leaves are beginning to change color in the canopy of trees leading into Lake Bemidji State Park. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI-Here's a look at activities this week at Lake Bemidji State Park. The park is located northeast of Bemidji at 3401 State Park Road NE. Parking permits are required. See park office.

Friday, Sept. 28

4 to 5:30 p.m. Lake Bemidji Pontoon Tour: Fall Colors. Join a naturalist to see beautiful fall foliage along the Lake Bemidji shoreline. Along the way, keep an eye out for one of the bald eagles nesting locally. What makes leaves change in the fall anyway? Tag along and find out. Meet at the Fishing Pier. Sign-up is required and limited to 20. Call the park office at (218) 308-2300 to sign up. Registration opened Monday. In the event of inclement weather, this program is canceled.

7 to 8 p.m. Paul's Tall Tales Campfire. Did you know that Paul Bunyan was born in Bemidji? How about that Lakes Bemidji and Irving are the remains of one of his giant footprints? Hear these and other tall tales about Paul Bunyan. Meet at the Amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, this program is moved into the Visitor Center.

Saturday, Sept. 29

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10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nature Playscape Project-Volunteer Day. The Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park are seeking volunteers starting at 10 a.m. to help complete work on the new nature playscape in the park. Activities will include installing weed barrier, spreading and leveling gravel, spreading and leveling mulch and hopefully putting some of the playscape elements in the ground. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own lunch to picnic during the afternoon break. Tools, equipment and materials will be provided. Proper attire is recommended including shoes or boots, long pants and gloves. The elements of the nature playscape including climbing boulders, hollow log and fort building will help to develop a child's cognitive, physical and social abilities while engaging them with nature and increasing their comfort with the natural world. Questions can be directed to Pete Harrison, park manager at (218) 308-2300.

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