About Us

The Department of Recreation is here to help you get the most out of your experience at Bemidji State by providing a variety of opportunities to get fit and active.

Gillett Wellness Center

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The Gillett Wellness Center offers a broad range of services and programming to meet the recreation needs of the campus community. Through its varied activities, campus recreation encourages fitness and recreation as an integral part of university life. The Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center, as well as the Outdoor Program Center, are also open for public use.

The Gillett Wellness Center is open for informal or open recreation seven days a week during the academic school year. However, hours are subject to change due to special events and holidays. Please check with the front desk at (218) 755-4135 concerning reduced facility hours and/or closures.

Outdoor Program Center

KayakInternational1692Living in northern Minnesota is such a great experience for students, and we strive to assist them in making the most of their time here. Whether you’d like to try climbing at our indoor wall, learning about sailiing on Lake Bemidji, or checking out a top-notch rental outfit for your own Boundary Waters adventure, we love to see folks getting out on their own in the outdoors. The public is also welcome to come along on our trips, so we often meet the most terrific people out on the trail. Consider this an invitation to stop down, call us or attend one of our clinics. You’ll right away notice that we’ve got a terrific staff and fun programs for every ability level.

Mission Statement

The BSU Outdoor Program Center is dedicated to providing the university community with outdoor experiential learning opportunities which allow us to enjoy the outdoors, explore our personal potential and develop a respect and understanding of the earth’s natural systems and our responsibilities within them.