Collage of photos taken around Minnesota's state parks, trails, and water trails

Parks and Trails Division
Plans and administration

Our vision is to create unforgettable park, trail, and water recreation experiences that inspire people to pass along the love for the outdoors to current and future generations.

The division is responsible for development, administration, and management of:

• 25 multi-use state trails, 21 of which are developed
• 75 state parks and recreation areas, 8 waysides, and 56 state forest campgrounds and day use areas
• Over 1,500 public water access sites
• 355 fishing piers and shorefishing sites
• 33 water trails with over 4,500 miles of paddling opportunities

In addition to natural resources restoration and management, the division administers grants-in-aid to local units of government who partner with local volunteer clubs to maintain snowmobile, off-highway vehicle, and cross-country ski trails. It is also responsible for Lake Superior Safe Harbors, and stewardship programs for the state's lakes, rivers and trails. Learn more about the division with Parks and Trails 101pdf

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