Minnesota state parks preserve the most scenic and historic areas in the state. They offer a variety of facilities, services, and outdoor recreation opportunities. State parks are well developed with modern facilities, but the degree of accessibility varies from park to park.
State park facilities
- Every state park has picnic facilities and most have camping facilities and trails.
- Many state parks also offer boating and fishing opportunities, historic sites, visitor centers, or interpretive programs.
- Three Minnesota state parks offer tours with accessible options.
- Many Minnesota state parks have accessible campsites, lodging, and trails.
You can find more information on state parks by visiting the Minnesota state parks web site or pick up a copy of the Parks Guide from the DNR Information Center.
If you need specific information about accessibility at a particular state park, please call that park before visiting. In some cases special arrangements can be made. Although park staff cannot reserve specific sites, they will make every effort to assign a site with appropriate picnic tables and easy access to the restrooms and shower buildings.
Discounted state park permits
A valid Minnesota state park permit is required for all vehicles entering Minnesota state parks. All permits are valid for one year from the month of purchase.
If your vehicle has been issued Minnesota disability license plates or a rear-view mirror hang tag, or if you have a Federal Access Pass, you can get a reduced rate special annual vehicle permit with proof of disability and proof of vehicle ownership.
Permits may be purchased:
- In person at any state park, the DNR License Center (500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul), or metro REI stores.
- By phone with a call to the DNR Information Center, toll free at 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367).
If you qualify for the reduced rate year-round permit but do not have a vehicle, you may purchase a permit wallet card for the same price as the discounted permit sticker, to be carried with you rather than affixed to a vehicle. Call Gooseberry Falls State Park at 218-595-7101, or fill out an application and mail to 3206 Highway 61, Two Harbors, MN 55616.
Discounted camping rates
For Minnesota residents with physical disabilities (permit issued by the State or Federal Access Pass holders), half-priced camping is available Sunday through Thursday nights. This discounted fee applies to drive-in, backpack, walk-in, and other rustic or remote campsites. It does not apply to any lodging, group sites, or other facilities.
You will need proof of disability, and you can get the reduced camping rate whether you make your reservation online, over the phone, or in person at the park.