Bemidji Travel Guide

Bemidji (/bəˈmɪdʒiː/ bə-MIJ-ee) is a city and the county seat of Beltrami County,[5] in northern Minnesota, United States. According to the 2012–2016 American Community Survey 5-year estimates, the United States Census Bureau estimates the total population of Bemidji as of 2019 to be 15,434, making it the largest commercial center between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Duluth, Minnesota. As a central city for three Indian reservations, Bemidji is the site of many Native American services, including the Indian Health Service. Near Bemidji are the Red Lake Indian Reservation, White Earth Indian Reservation, and the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. Bemidji lies on the southwest shore of Lake Bemidji, the northernmost lake feeding the Mississippi River; it is named as "The First City On The Mississippi." Bemidji is also the self-proclaimed "curling capital" of the U.S. and alleged birthplace of legendary Paul Bunyan.


Bemidji: “The Lake With Crossing Waters”, Minnesota; A city situated on Lake Bemidji and Irvine Narrows. Named after Shay-Now-Ish-Kun AKA Chief Bemidji.

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Fireplace of States

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Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox

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City of Bemidji

Visitors to Bemidji have a variety of activities from which to choose. Stay one day or stay one month – the variety of activities will keep you busy! Without leaving the City you could–catch a lunker in the morning, enjoy a fine meal at one of our many eateries, then take in a movie or a theater performance at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse to complete your day!

Chamber of Commerce

The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to Bemidji, home of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. With innovative manufacturers, aspiring entrepreneurs and growing retail and services, the Bemidji region serves as the center for economic development for all of Northern Minnesota. Enjoy Bemidji’s breathtaking natural beauty by enjoying over 400 lakes and 400,000 acres of forest.