Management plans for state parks and state recreation areas (SRAs)

What's a management plan?

A management plan is a 20-year strategic vision for state parks and state recreation areas (SRAs). It guides the development of facilities and management of resources. For example, a management plan will point out where a new trail should be located, which areas should be restored as prairie or hardwood forest, or what the focus for the park's interpretive programs will be.

Management plans are developed through an open public process. Parks and Trails staff work with DNR resource specialists, other agencies, local government officials, local legislators and citizens to identify issues and develop recommendations. A Citizens Advisory Committee, including representatives from local communities, park users, and other interested citizens, plays a key role in the planning effort.

Plan amendments

Frequently, a new facility or type of use is added to a park that was not included in the original management plan. Examples might be timber harvesting, youth or group camping, or mountain biking. Rather than completely rewriting the plan, Parks and Trails staff will prepare an amendment that details the proposed change, the reasons for the change, and the potential effects of the change on resources and management.

Amendments are open to public and community comment during the planning process and an official public review period.

Completed plans

Management plans and plan amendments are available electronically for the state parks and SRAs listed below. Other plans are available for review in paper form in the DNR library in St. Paul.

Afton State Park management plan amendment  2.1 MB, 12/11

Banning State Park rock climbing amendment <1 MB, 06/14

Big Bog SRA plan 05/02

Camden State Park management plan amendment 2.4 MB, 05/13

Carley State Park timber harvest amendment <1 MB, 08/10

Cascade River State Park plan 3.24 MB, 02/03

- Cascade River State Park amendment <1 MB, 03/04

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park plan 9 MB, 06/98

Cuyuna Country SRA plans 1995, 2008, 2016 recreation plans

Crow Wing State Park plan 3.5 MB, 06/02

Forestville-Mystery Cave State Park timber harvest amendment  <1 MB, 11/09

Fort Ridgely State Park amendment 1.6 MB, 01/06

- Fort Ridgely State Park timber harvest amendment .6 MB, 05/13

- Fort Ridgely State Park golf course repurposing amendment 2.3 MB, 06/17

Fort Snelling State Park youth camping amendment 2 MB, 01/11

- Fort Snelling State Park timber harvest amendment  1 MB, 11/09

Franz Jevne State Park management plan 3.3 MB, 09/16

Frontenac State Park plan 6.4 MB, 11/08

- Frontenac State Park timber harvest amendment 1.2 MB, 11/09

• Garden Island State Recreation Area management plan 2.7 MB, 09/16

• Glacial Lakes State Park amendment <1 MB, 11/06

Glendalough State Park amendment <1 MB, 03/04

Great River Bluffs State Park plan 3.9 MB, 08/05

Greenleaf Lake SRA plan 2.7 MB, 02/11

Interstate State Park plan 6 MB, 02/09

Iron Range OHV State Recreation Area master plan amendment 2 MB, 03/18

Itasca State Park plan 16 MB, 12/98

- Itasca State Park management plan amendment - bicycle trail improvements  2.8 MB 7/15

La Salle Lake State Recreation Area plan 11.4 MB, 10/13

Lake Bemidji State Park plan 2.8 MB, 06/02

• Lake Bronson State Park management plan amendment   1.6 MB, 07/15

Lake Vermilion State Park and Soudan Underground Mine State Park cooperative master plan  3 MB, 02/11

- Soudan Underground Mine State Park plan 4 MB, 1/02

Minneopa State Park plan 1.7 MB, 06/98

- Minneopa State Park bison management plan amendment 9 MB, 08/14

Minnesota Valley SRA plan 15.5 MB, 11/06

Monson Lake State Park plan 3.9 MB, 03/08

Old Mill State Park management plan amendment  1.96 MB, 12/11

Red River SRA plan 03/02

Sakatah Lake State Park plan 8 MB, 03/08

Split Rock Creek State Park plan 3.6 MB, 09/02

- Split Rock Creek State Park plan amendment 1.5 MB, 05/12

St. Croix State Park plan  7.6 MB, 07/17

Tettegouche State Park plan 2.7 MB, 07/97

Upper Sioux Agency State Park plan <1 MB, 07/09

• Whitewater State Park plan amendment   9.7 MB, 06/15

Wild River State Park plan 2.3 MB, 02/07

- Wild River State Park timber harvest amendment  1 MB, 11/09

William O'Brien State Park plan 4.6 MB, 03/08

Zippel Bay State Park management plan  5.3 MB, 09/16

- Zippel Bay State Park timber harvest amendment .7 MB, 11/09