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Outdoor Program Center




Department of Campus Recreation
Located at: 220 19th Street NE
on the BSU Campus

OPC Boathouse Located at: Diamond Point Park

Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center:
Phone: (218) 755-4135
Fax: (218) 755-4363

Phone: (218) 755-2999
Fax: (218) 755-4363

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #29
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907

Outdoor Program Center

Be Adventurous!

The nationally recognized Outdoor Program Center provides you with the opportunity to be a part of the outside world around you. Imagine climbing to the top of a mountain or kayaking through a canyon, ice fishing in the middle of winter, or taking a sailboat out on Lake Bemidji. The OPC makes it possible with trips to destinations throughout the United States, a climb on our state of the art indoor climbing wall, or with equipment rentals if you're going on your own.

Recognized for offering "transformative programming," our program has one of the highest participation rates in the nation, and is open to the public and campus community alike. 

So enjoy northern Minnesota (and the country) as it was meant to be enjoyed.


Outdoor and indoor facilities providing diverse experiences

Equipment Rentals

From kayaks, to bikes, to winter gear, we've got it


Day, weekend, and week long trips - public welcome!



We can outfit groups with canoes, camping equipment and XC skis for the winter break. We also oraganize birthday groups at the rock wall, team-building experiences, kayaking in the pool, sailing lessons, and much more. We work with school groups, scouts, teams, and local events such as Fishing Has No Boundaries and Upward Bound. The prices are affordable and we can even arrange shuttles for paddling trips!

Contact the OPC at: (218) 755-2999.

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