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Snowmobile Bridge At Bear Den Landing
Mississippi River Trail Crossing
Near Itasca State Park, MN

Snowmobile Bridge At Bear Den Landing

• Location: River Mile 1312.2
• River Elevation: 1,364 Feet
• County: Beltrami
• Bridge Type: Wood Timber And Plank
• Bridge Length: 80 Feet (Estimated)
• Bridge Width: 12 Feet (Estimated)
• Height Above Water: 0 Feet (Bridge Sits On The Ice)
• Date Built: ???
This bridge is a snowmobile trail bridge across the Mississippi River at Bear Den Landing. The bridge is a seasonal bridge that it is stored at the landing during summer, and moved into position over the river only after the ground has frozen in the winter. It is constructed from three parallel timber runners that are topped with wood planks. The timber runners have angles cut at their leading and trailing ends to allow the bridge to be moved more easily.

Bear Den Landing is easily accessible by road. An access road named Bear Den Canoe Landing heads east off of Beltrami County Highway 5 a bit north of the Mississippi River. After traveling east for a while, you will come to a fork in the road. Veer to the right. The road travels along high ground that has large swampy areas on both sides creating a peninsula. This land is actually a glacial moraine, a ridge of earth that was pushed up by a glacier during the last ice age.

The photo above is a profile view of the landing and seasonal bridge. The bridge is stored on the north side of the river during the summer. The photo above is another view of the landing looking to the south.


Snowmobile Bridge At Bear Den Landing
Snowmobile Bridge At Bear Den Landing
These two photos are closer views of the river crossing location. The photo above is a view from the bridge deck in its summer location. The photo below is taken from the edge of the Mississippi River.

Snowmobile Bridge At Bear Den Landing
Snowmobile Bridge At Bear Den Landing
These two photos are views looking northeast towards the landing parking area.

Snowmobile Bridge At Bear Den Landing

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