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Hayes Lake State Park
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48990 County Road 4
Roseau, Minnesota   56751

Phone: 218-425-7504
Toll Free: 888-646-6367
Reservations: 866-857-2757
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Some days it's just you, loons, and moose, while you traverse around Hayes Lake. Fed by the north fork of the Roseau River, the lake supports crappie, sunfish, and northerns. Birdwatchers have spotted over 200 species in or near the park. The summer is perfect to look for orchids, gentians, and blueberries (you can pick the berries, but not the flowers). Visitors also enjoy swimming and canoeing in the lake, along with camping. Trails for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding connect with the Beltrami Island State Forest.
Nature of the Area
Located on the western perimeter of vast, sparsely populated wildlands within Beltrami Island State Forest, Hayes Lake State Park offers visitors recreation enjoyment and access to hundreds of square miles of untamed land and great scenic views. Man-made Hayes Lake meets the forest edge for spectacular shoreline timber views.

When Glacial Lake Agassiz receded from large areas of northwestern Minnesota approximately 10,000 years ago, it left behind a flat landscape. The only prominent interruptions of this are the beach ridges and river valleys formed as the ancient lake retreated. The glacial lake-bottom landscape within the park was probably exposed to the erosive forces of wind and water 9,000 to 11,000 years ago and several thousand years earlier than areas to the northwest. As a result, from scenic points along the park's trails, visitors can see how the action of the water has cut, gouged and eroded a steep u-shaped, small floodplain valley.

Black bears are residents of the northern forest and are seen occasionally in the park. Moose, fisher, otter, bobcat, lynx, and timber wolf can be seen in and around the park. More common wildlife include: deer, fox, racoon, porcupine, beaver, mink and skunk. Along the shoreline, loons, herons, grebes, and other water birds can be observed.
History of the Area
In the early 1900s, the first homestead was established in what is now the west portion of the park. Family graves of this first homesteader, Alva Hendershot, can be seen along the trail starting to the northwest of the dam. Farther down the trail, past the grave sites, the remains of the original homestead and farm can be seen. Some of the most scenic views of the river and forest can be seen along this trail and near the homestead site. Hayes Lake officially became a state park in 1967. Since the need for water-based recreation sites was a priority for the area, one of the first things to be developed for the park was the creation of a lake, formed by building a dam on the river. Both the lake and the park were named in honor of A.F. Hayes, an early settler of the land now included in the park and an advocate of the creation of the lake. The park was dedicated in 1973 and has continued to draw visitors who are attracted by the swimming and fishing opportunities offered by Hayes Lake.
1. Hayes Lake State Park offers a sandy beach for swimming.
2. The lake is open to swimmers during daylight hours in the summer months.
3. No lifeguards are on duty, so swim at your own risk.
4. Swimming areas are marked with buoys for safety purposes.
5. Children must be supervised by adults while swimming or playing near water bodies within the park area.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is a boat ramp available, allowing easy access to the lake for personal watercrafts. Canoes and rowboats can be rented from within the park itself if you don't have your own equipment. Motorized boats are allowed on Hayes Lake; however, they must not exceed 10 horsepower in order to maintain tranquility and safety standards in this natural environment.
The park offers fishing opportunities in both Hayes Lake and the Roseau River. Anglers can catch northern pike, perch, crappie, sunfish and largemouth bass. Ice fishing is popular during winter months on Hayes Lake. A boat ramp provides easy access for watercrafts.

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Hayes Lake State Park offers picnic tables, fire rings and grills. A sheltered picnic area is available for larger groups.
Biking enthusiasts can explore a 5-mile trail, but be aware it's shared with hikers. Helmets are strongly recommended.

The terrain is mixed; expect both flat and hilly sections which may challenge novice riders.

In winter months, biking becomes more challenging due to snowfall. Consider fat tire bikes for these conditions.

Please note that off-trail biking isn't allowed in order to protect the park's natural habitat from erosion or damage.

Remember: always respect other users on multi-use trails by signaling your presence when passing them safely.
Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting over 200 species, including the rare Connecticut warbler and nesting bald eagles. There are also birding trails available for exploration.

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Entrance to the park is 15 miles south of the town of Roseau on State Highway 89, then 9 miles east on Roseau County Road 4.

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