Minnesota State Parks and Trails

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Discover Minnesota's state parks and trails

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Our vision is to create unforgettable park, trail, and water recreation experiences that inspire people to pass along the love for the outdoors to current and future generations.

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Camping and lodging

Camping and lodging includes cabins, guesthouses, lodges, tipis and over 5,000 campsites. There are also 56 primitive campgrounds in Minnesota's state forests.

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State trails

Over 1,300 miles of paved or natural terrain state trails mean there's a place for everyone, whether you prefer to hike, bike,  ride or roll.




35 state water trails offer over 4,500 miles of paddling and include public water accesses, campsites, rest areas and scenic views. 

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Water accesses, fishing piers and shorefishing

We maintain over 3,000 public water accesses and hundreds of fishing piers and shorefishing sites, so Minnesotans don't need a cabin on a lake to have fun in the water. 

In addition to natural resources restoration and management, the division administers grants-in-aid to local units of government who partner with local volunteer clubs to maintain snowmobile, off-highway vehicle, and cross-country ski trails. It is also responsible for Lake Superior Safe Harbors, and stewardship programs for the state's lakes, rivers and trails.