The “race” is on for fat bike enthusiasts at the 6th Annual Northland Fat Bike Rally at Lake Bemidji State Park from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

The main event begins at 11 a.m. with a mass start on Lake Bemidji and then bikers head into Lake Bemidji State Park and up the Rocky Point Trail. Both 10K and 28K routes will be offered.

The rally is not just for experienced fat-tire bikers. Anyone interested in this winter sport can ride the course, check out various fat bikes, and learn about the sport by talking with fat bike experts. The Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park will offer food and refreshments at the visitor center.

The course will be closed until the official start time at 11 a.m. After the event, the course will be open to biking until 4 p.m. The park will also be open to fat biking on Sunday, March 8.

A state parks vehicle permit ($7/one-day or $35/year-round) is required to enter the park.

For more information on the bike rally, contact Lake Bemidji State Park at 218-308-2300, or visit the Northland Fat Bike Rally Facebook page. For more information about fat bike opportunities at Minnesota state parks and trails, visit


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