Zippel Bay State Park






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3,054 acres statutory, 2,826 owned




3684 54th Avenue Northwest
Williams, MN 56686

N48 50.876, W94 50.987




Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.




Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35


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          Lake of the Woods County  
          Northwest Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


6 miles




No hunting


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

  Ecological Section    

Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands

  Ecological Subsection    

Agassiz Lowlands

  Land Type Association    

Baudette Lake Plain

Lude Beaches & Peatlands

Pine Island Peatlands


Native Plant Communities*


Aspen - Ash Forest

Aspen - Birch - Red Maple Forest

Aspen - Fir Forest

Black Ash - Alder Swamp (Northern)

Black Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Swamp (Northeastern)

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern)

Cattail Marsh (Northern)

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Northern)

Jack Pine Woodland (Sand)

Northern Dry-Sand Pine Woodland

Red Pine Woodland (Sand)

Sand Beach (Inland Lake)

Sedge Meadow

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      

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Historic Town Site

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    Inscription Reads "Ole J. Grovum and his granddaughter"   Zippel Bay State Park  

Lake of the Woods

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Scenic Drive

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Richard Sanders
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Zippel Bay State Park

  Zippel Bay State Park, Minnesota

Published on Oct 30, 2013

Favorite Sites: 1, 6, 11, 16, 24, 28, 40, 42, 44, 47, 54




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  Camping, Hiking, and Exploring Zippel Bay State Park in Minnesota - S2:E23
The Escape Shroom Perspective

Dec 16, 2021

Join us as we camp, hike, and explore our favorite park of 2021, Zippel Bay State Park in Minnesota!

00:00 Intro
01:20 A look at our site and walking to the beach.
02:09 Good morning! First full day. Discussing our solar setup.
03:30 Campground report by Amy!
04:24 Waking to the lake again and taking the Hiking Club Trail
07:56 Walking the Trail Trail through the birch forest
08:52 On trail discussion about the lack of mosquitoes
11:27 Back at the campsite. Making dinner!
12:55 Day 2.
13:47 An unexpected visitor!
14:34 Talking about the campground and the bathroom/shower facilities.
17:37 Back to the lake again!
18:08 Walking on a road to get back to the campground.
18:52 Finding our way back to the main campground road
19:46 Talking about the trails in the park
20:18 Dinner and back to the lake
20:36 Sunset time lapse.
21:37 Summary of the weekend and discussing our trip home and future plans.
23:46 Outro
24:00 Time lapse of the road to the campground
24:35 Outtakes

"After visiting Zippel Bay, you’ll remember the sunsets and the miles of white sand beach. The park is located on Lake of the Woods, one of the world’s largest lakes. The mood of the lake is always changing, from approaching storms that bring three-foot-high crashing waves and lightning flashes to an eerie stillness, broken only by the faint calls of a thousand raucous gulls, out of sight in the lake’s interior. In summer, the 3,000-acre park offers a swimming beach and picnic area on the big lake, drive-in campsites and a group camp, a marina on Zippel Bay and a stone jetty providing protected access to Lake of the Woods.

Birding is excellent—be sure to watch for sandhill cranes and piping plovers. In the winter, three miles of snowmobile trail provide access to the lake, which snowmobilers will find dotted with fish houses making virtual towns on the ice. Seven miles of groomed cross-country trails wind to the lakeshore through jack pine, birch, and open fields." -

As the above quote from the website states, we certainly did remember the miles of white sand beach. While we were looking for a place to camp over Labor Day that wasn't already full, we came across Zippel Bay State Park. We were surprised to see that there were many sites open and after reading some great reviews of the park, (and one hilarious review), we decided to book it.

It was a relaxing weekend and I think the dry weather kept a lot of the bugs away, which was nice. We spent a lot of time at the beach, hiked the trails through the birch trees, and relaxed. Knowing this was most likely our last camping trip of the year, we made sure to make the most of it.

Enjoy this video of our trip to Zippel Bay State Park in Minnesota! Hit that Thumbs Up if you liked the video and Subscribe if you enjoy camping and hiking videos!

We’re Jeremy and Amy. In 2020, we re-discovered our love for camping and hiking. We spent the summer camping and exploring in our Kia Sportage, but the addition of a family member meant that we would have to make a change. Join us and our pup, Kuzon, as we explore Minnesota and beyond in our Escape Shroom!

Jodi Middendorf

Sep 25, 2021

Another State Park, another season. Thank you mom, for joining me!

I camp and hike in and around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I also guide Boundary Waters Retreats! In the Superior National Forest, in Northern Minnesota. And anywhere else I can venture to! I love sharing the journey with you all.

Thank you for subscribing, it means a lot to me.

  Zippel Bay State Park

Apr 3, 2014

BAUDETTE, MN Enjoy this simple little video short, filmed on Labor Day 2013. Talented pianist Keith Martinson (Alexandria, MN) composed the original music taken from his solo album "Today", titled "Sandy's Prayer".




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Twelve bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:


Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)


Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist




Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List


Fungi and Lichens


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List


Insects and Arachnids


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List




Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Ash Forest MHn46a

Aspen - Birch - Red Maple Forest MHn44a

Aspen - Fir Forest MHn44c

Black Ash - Alder Swamp (Northern) WFn64c

Black Ash - Aspen - Balsam Poplar Swamp (Northeastern) WFn55a

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern) MRn83a

Cattail Marsh (Northern) MRn83b

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Northern) ROn12b

Jack Pine Woodland (Sand) FDn12a

Northern Dry Sand Pine Woodland FDn12

Red Pine Woodland (Sand) FDn12b

Sand Beach (Inland Lake) LKi32a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a





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