Access to Minnesota state parks
during the 2016 fall hunting season

Numerous hunts are scheduled to take place at Minnesota state parks this fall, as a way to help control the deer population in the parks. Our goal is to ensure healthy natural communities. If too many deer are in one area, the native plants and animals are negatively affected.

Access to the parks varies around the state during these hunts. Some state parks remain open to all visitors, some have limited public access, and some are open only to hunters with special permits.

This site provides information to non-hunters during the hunt season. If you are a hunter, you'll find more information here.

For additional information, please call the facility before you head out.

DNR Facebook site Minnesota State Parks Twitter feed

 

Stay safe during hunting season!

If you will be visiting a state park during hunting season:

  1. Wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing, even if you will not be hunting.
  2. Check with the park office when you arrive, to see if there is any additional hunt-related information.
  3. Watch carefully for any hunt-related signage in the park, and follow it!

 

CLOSED

The park is closed to the public and open only to hunters with a valid permit during a particular hunt.

LIMITED

The park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only.

 

State Park

Access

Map (PDF)

Dates

Class

Type of Hunt

Afton CLOSED youth hunt map 11/5 to 11/6 Firearms Youth Deer Hunt
Banning LIMITED youth hunt map 10/29 to10/30 Firearms Youth Deer Hunt
Blue Mounds CLOSED   11/19 to 11/20 Firearms Youth Deer Hunt
Buffalo River LIMITED youth hunt map 11/5 to 11/6 Firearms Youth Deer Hunt
Camden CLOSED   10/29 to 10/30 Firearms Youth Deer Hunt
Cascade River LIMITED hunt map
map detail
11/5 to 11/20 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Crow Wing LIMITED   12/3 to 12/4 Muzzleloader Special Permit Hunt
Frontenac CLOSED hunt map 11/19 to 11/20 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Glacial Lakes LIMITED hunt map 11/10 to 11/13 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Gooseberry Falls LIMITED hunt map 11/5 to 11/20 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Great River Bluffs CLOSED   11/19 to 11/20 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Greenleaf Lake LIMITED hunt map 9/19 to 12/31 Archery Special Permit Hunt
Hayes Lake LIMITED hunt map 11/5 to 11/20 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Itasca LIMITED
hunt map
youth hunt map
10/15 to 10/16
10/15 to 10/16
11/5 to 11/13
11/26 to 12/11
Firearms
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
Adult Mentored Hunt
Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Jay Cooke LIMITED hunt map 12/3 to 12/7 Muzzleloader Special Permit Hunt
Judge C.R. Magney LIMITED hunt map 11/5 to 11/20 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Kilen Woods CLOSED   10/22 to 10/23 Firearms Youth Deer Hunt
La Salle Lake LIMITED   10/15 to 10/16 Firearms Adult Mentored Hunt
Lake Bemidji LIMITED youth hunt map
hunt map
 
10/21 to 10/23
11/5 to 11/8
12/2 to 12/4
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Lake Bronson LIMITED hunt map 11/5 to 11/13 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Lake Carlos LIMITED hunt map 11/5 to 11/6 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Lake Louise LIMITED   11/5 to 11/6 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Lake Shetek CLOSED   11/19 to 11/20 Firearms Youth Deer Hunt
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine LIMITED   11/26 to 12/11
11/26 to 12/11
Muzzleloader
Archery
Special Permit Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Maplewood LIMITED   11/5 to 11/8 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Minneopa LIMITED hunt map 12/3 to 12/4
12/10 to 12/11
Muzzleloader Special Permit Hunt
Nerstrand Big Woods LIMITED   12/3 to 12/4 Muzzleloader Special Permit Hunt
Rice Lake LIMITED   12/3 to 12/4 Muzzleloader Special Permit Hunt
St. Croix CLOSED
CLOSED
CLOSED
youth hunt map
10/29 to 10/30
11/17 to 11/20
12/1 to 12/4
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Sakatah Lake LIMITED   12/3 to 12/4 Muzzleloader Special Permit Hunt
Savanna Portage LIMITED youth hunt map
hunt map
10/29 to 10/30
12/3 to 12/4
Firearms
Muzzleloader
Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Scenic LIMITED hunt map 11/5 to 11/20 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Schoolcraft LIMITED hunt map 11/5 to 11/20 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Sibley LIMITED
CLOSED
youth hunt map
hunt map
10/29 to 10/30
11/26 to 11/27
Firearms
Muzzleloader
Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Split Rock Lighthouse LIMITED hunt map 11/5 to 11/20 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Tettegouche LIMITED youth hunt map
hunt map
10/29 to 10/30
11/5 to 11/20
Firearms
Firearms
Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Wild River CLOSED hunt map 11/12 to 11/13 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
William O'Brien CLOSED hunt map 11/5 to 11/6 Firearms Special Permit Hunt
Zippel Bay LIMITED hunt map 10/22 to 10/23
11/5 to 11/20
Firearms
Firearms
Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt