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
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.
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.
These two photos are views looking northeast towards the landing parking