Minnesota State Parks
Reservation System FAQ

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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 (except holidays)
  • October 1 through March 31: Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ; Sat. - Sun. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  (except holidays)

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.

Are some campsites still first-come, first-served?

Yes. Up to a third of the campsites at some Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are non-reservable and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are advised to call ahead before traveling to check availability.

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?

To purchase gift cards, click the Gift Card tab at the top of the home page. Follow the prompts to order a gift card. Once it arrives in the mail, you can redeem it at any Minnesota state park. The reservation website is not yet set up for online redemption of gift cards; that feature will be available soon. You can use your Gift Card as payment if you make a reservation with a reservation specialist at our call center.

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

It will soon be possible to make online reservations for tours and programs (including cave and mine tours and the popular I Can Camp! programs); to reserve picnic shelters and other facilities for weddings, family reunions, meetings or other special occasions; and to reserve rental equipment, such as kayaks or snowshoes.

Can I buy passes, permits, or licenses there?

No. It will not be possible to purchase ski and horse passes, OHV and snowmobile registrations or fishing and hunting licenses. Those are sold through the electronic licensing system.

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

Camping and lodging ideas—including the most popular parks for overnight stays, the most accessible campgrounds and the parks with year-round family programming—can be found on our Top Ten page.

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 to get ideas.

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

Call 866-857-2757 (TTY 952-936-4008). Staff at the Minnesota-based call center typically will be available to assist callers from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (except holidays) November through March and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (except holidays) April through October.

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.