Minnesota State Parks Reservation System FAQ

Reservations are now required for every campsite at every state park and recreation area.
Plan ahead, or make a fee-free same-day reservation. Learn more.

How do I make a reservation?

Reservations can be made online or by calling toll free: 866-857-2757 (TTY 952-936-4008).

What are the call center hours?

  • April 1 through September 30: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
  • October 1 through March 31: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Closed Christmas and New Year's Day

How far in advance can I make a reservation?

One year.

What is the reservation fee?

It is $8.50 to make a reservation online and $10.00 to make a reservation by phone. There is no fee to make a same-day reservation.

What should I do before I make my reservation?

To speed up the time it takes to process your reservation, please research the parks and campsites you're interested in, and consider having a campground map on hand for reference as you make your reservations. If your first choice is not available, having a map can help speed the process of selecting an alternative. Each state park has a campground maps available as PDF downloads. Here's an alphabetical listing of all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.

It will also help speed things up if you have already set up your user name and account on the reservations system.

Can I purchase or redeem Minnesota state parks gift cards online using the reservations website?

Yes, you can purchase a gift card online and it will be mailed out to you.

You may use your gift card to make a reservation online so long as your gift card balance will cover the transaction amount (no split payments with credit cards). You can also use your gift card as payment if you make a reservation through the call center.

What else can I reserve or purchase using the reservations website?

You can make online reservations for tours and programs, including cave and mine tours and the popular I Can! programs.

Can I buy passes, permits, or licenses there?

No. State park permits, ski and horse passes, OHV and snowmobile registrations, and fishing and hunting licenses are sold through the electronic licensing system, not through the Minnesota state parks reservations system.

I don't know much about Minnesota state parks. Where should I start?

Start with the Minnesota state parks home page—there are virtual tours for every park and lots of good information to help you plan your trip.

You can also find seasonal tips in the summer and winter activities guides, or join the crowd on the Minnesota State Parks and Trails Facebook page.This link leads to an external site.

What if I have a question not answered here? How can I reach a reservation specialist?

Staff at the Minnesota-based call center are available at 866-857-2757 (TTY 952-936-4008). Call center hours are listed at the top of this page.

And if I have a comment or suggestion?

If you have a suggestion on how we can improve the reservation system to better serve you, please send it to reservations.dnr@state.mn.us.