Minnesota State Parks and Trails

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Discover Minnesota's State Parks and Trails

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.

Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.

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State parks

With 75 state parks and recreation areas and 9 waysides, there's so many places to explore!

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Camping and lodging

We offer a variety of camping and lodging, including cabins, guesthouses, lodges, tipis and over 5,000 campsites. There are also 56 primitive campgrounds in our state forests!

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State trails

There are over 1,300 miles of state trails, ranging from pavement to natural terrain. So whether you want to hike, bike, or ride, there's something for you!




Hit the water with one of our 35 state water trails! They feature 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

You don't need a cabin on a lake to have fun in the water! There are over 3,000 public water accesses and hundreds of fishing piers and shorefishing sites for you to enjoy. 

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.