Fish for free in most Minn. state parks
Minnesota residents can fish without a fishing license in most Minnesota state parks, including ice fishing.
A Minnesota resident may fish in a state park without a fishing license when:
- the body of water does not require a trout stamp
- fishing from shore or wading in water within the state park
- fishing through the ice, from a boat or a float on a designated lake within a Minnesota state park
Check out this map of all the state parks with free fishing opportunities, including some parks with free loaner equipment.
Please note: Fishing licenses are still required in city, county, regional and federal parks - as well all Minnesota state recreation areas:
- Big Bog State Recreation Area
- Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
- Garden Island State Recreation Area
- Greenleaf State Recreation Area
- Iron Range OHV State Recreation Area
- La Salle Lake State Recreation Area
- Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area
- Red River State Recreation Area
- St. Croix Islands State Recreation Area
- Tips and tricks for fishing in a Minnesota state park.
- Hooked yet? Purchase a fishing license for more options on where to wet your line. Rates start as low as $8.50.
- Need a fishing pole? Learn how to make one of your own with this video from the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer.
- For the ultimate fishing resource, visit the DNR's fishing pages.