All campsites in Minnesota state parks and recreation areas now require a reservation before they may be occupied. We strongly recommend you make your reservations before leaving home, because cell phone coverage and wi-fi can be unpredictable at some parks.
For those who prefer to be spontaneous, we offer same-day reservations with no reservation fee, whether you're booking your site from home, from the road, or even from the park. Reserve a site online Friday morning and be camping in it that same night!
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Or—if you already know where you want to go—just search for the park on the main "Camping & Lodging" page of the reservations website.
Whenever possible, we strongly recommend you make reservations before leaving home, because cell phone coverage and wi-fi can be unpredictable at some parks. Same-day reservations can be made online or by calling 866-857-2757.
No problem. You can pay with cash or check if you prefer.
For same-day reservations:
Contact the Reservation Center at 866-857-2757 and let them know which spot you would like to reserve. They will put your reservation on hold, and you can pay at the park when you arrive, using the self-registration station.
For reservations more than 24 hours in advance:
If you need to pay by check, please call the Reservation Call Center at 866-857-2757 to book your stay, and inform the agent that you will be paying by check. The agent will place a hold on your site and provide you with instructions to mail your payment.
To ensure that payments are received prior to arrival we only accept check payments for reservations with arrivals over 30 days out. If we do not receive your check 21 days prior to your arrival, your reservation will be cancelled. If you are paying by check, be sure to pay as soon as possible so it is not forgotten.
We had an overwhelmingly positive response from customers when we piloted 100% reservable sites at 17 state parks in 2014-2015.
Families with young kids told us they wouldn't drive to a state park without knowing for sure they would have someplace to park their camper or pitch their tent, and we are trying to make it easier for busy families with young children to spend time outdoors.
We think making all sites reservable will make camping easier for everyone. No more arriving on a Friday hoping to stay at a first-come, first-served site, only to find there isn't one available! And now, with same-day reservations, you can count on your campsite being there whether you reserved it 10 months ago or 10 minutes ago.
No. Many campsites can be reserved up to a year in advance, but they do not have to be. In fact, most are not.
Forty percent of campsites reservations are booked three weeks or less from the arrival date.
Campsites at state forests remain 100% first-come, first-served.
Yes. Reservations are needed whenever a campground is open. Please keep in mind that most parks have limited office hours in the off-season so it's best to go online or call before you arrive. Don't forget that same-day reservations are free!