Minnesota State Parks and Trails

Minnesota State Parks park naturalists offer exciting glimpses of the natural world for everyone.

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.

We are looking for new partners

Would you like to help share all the outdoor recreation opportunities available through our Minnesota state parks and trails? Ask us how! Contact Verónica Jaralambides, 651-259-5583. Partnership opportunities include outreach with new audiences, co-promoting Minnesota State parks and trails, and mutual benefits strategically aligned with your goals and ours.

camper cabin

Camping and lodging

56 primitive campgrounds in state forests.
Camping and lodging with a variety of cabins, guesthouses, lodges, tipis and over 5,000 campsites in state parks and recreation areas.



35 state water trails with over 4,500 miles of paddling.

Fishing from a pier

Water accesses, fishing piers and shorefishing

Over 3,000 public water accesses where you can launch a boat for free.
360 fishing piers and shorefishing sites, with free fishing available at most.

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State trails

Over 1,300 miles of state trails, including over 600 paved miles and 560 "rail-trail" miles—plus thousands of miles for mountain biking, horseback riding, skiing, OHV or snowmobiling.

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.