Living Here

Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival
South shore of Lake Bemidji
Northern pike, Lake Bemidji
Sanford Center for events and conventions
Bemidji-Minneapolis jet service
Bemidji State University
Chief Bemidji, or Shaynowishkung
Concordia Language Villages
Fourth of July on Lake Bemidji
Foggy sunrise on Lake Bemidji
Buena Vista Ski Area
Northland Fat Bike Rally
Concert in the Sanford Center
Blue Ox Marathon
Annual pow wow at Bemidji State University




Welcome to Bemidji, capital of Minnesota’s beautiful north woods. Come see why our unlimited opportunity and outstanding quality of life are no longer a well-kept secret.


Bemidji has long earned raves as a four-season destination for world-class hunting, fishing, bicycling, boating and snow sports. Few visitors can resist a photo with big Paul Bunyan and blue ox Babe on the shore of Lake Bemidji.

But the First City on the Mississippi is also a wonderful place to call home. Just ask the 46,000 folks who live and work in and around this big small town. Surrounded by pristine lakes and deep forests, Bemidji is a friendly, family community with rich tradition and the right touch of hipness.

Bemidji has top-tier higher education, outstanding K-12 schools, a major health care center, convenient air service, fine dining, a vibrant arts scene and the hottest commercial buzz in all of northern Minnesota.