Backcountry camping

Shelters and tents at Coffee Pot Landing on the Mississippi River. Photo by Mark Wagner.


Attention visitors

To help ensure public safety and protect natural resources, burning restrictions have been expanded. No recreational fires are allowed on DNR-managed lands effective 12:01 a.m., July 27, for Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Cass, Carlton, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Douglas, Hubbard, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pine, Pope, Roseau, Stearns, St. Louis, Todd, and Wadena counties.

In areas affected by the restrictions:

  • No campfires are allowed in a state park, forest, recreation area, or on other DNR-managed lands. 
  • Only gas camp stoves are allowed on DNR lands. Grills and charcoal are prohibited.
  • State parks in counties not currently affected by the restrictions may have burning restrictions for remote or backcountry campsites. Check with the park before starting a campfire!
  • No campfires are allowed for dispersed, remote, or backcountry camping. 
  • Fireworks are not allowed on DNR-managed lands.

Listing of state forests and parks with burning restrictions.

Backcountry campsites in Minnesota state parks are not accessible by motor vehicle and are a half mile or more from a parking area. They do not have electricity, and are a popular option for backpackers, paddlers, and bicyclists.

Backcountry sites typically have primitive toilet facilities and water, a tent pad, and a fire ring. Some have a picnic table and a grill on the fire ring, and a few have shelters.

Seasonal availability varies by park. Pets are allowed but must be leashed and attended at all times.

Coming to the park? Know the "Key 3:"

  1. Plan to be flexible. Explore new destinations and consider mid-week travel. Parks are busy as more people get outdoors, so we encourage you to discover a new favorite this summer!
  2. Arrive prepared. Buy your vehicle permit, check visitor alerts and campfire restrictions, and download maps before your trip.
  3. Recreate responsibly. Help conserve these special places for the future by staying on trails and leaving no trace.

Call 866-857-2757

October - March
8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
April - September
8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Daily

Call center is closed holidays.
Reservations policy and FAQ

Make a reservation

Online reservations can be made up to 120 days in advance, 24 hours a day, except for the first day a reservation becomes available. On that first day, reservations cannot be made online before 8 a.m. A non-refundable reservation fee ($10.00 for call center/$7.00 for web) is charged for each advance reservation.

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 For specific accessibility information, please call the park before reserving.

Locations and fees

Rate is per site, per night, and includes tax. 
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