State Park Clubs

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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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Hiking Club

The best way to get to know the natural beauty of Minnesota is step by step. You can do that by becoming a member of Minnesota State Parks' Hiking Club.

What does it mean to be a member of the Hiking Club?

The Hiking Club combines the best elements of an expedition, a classroom, and a treasure hunt. Hiking Club trails wind through Minnesota's most beautiful settings and are great for all ages. Plus, you earn awards as you hike!

How do I participate and what are the rewards?

All you have to do is hike the trails marked with a "Hiking Club" sign, enter the park password in your book (the password is posted at the midpoint of the trail), and you're on your way. Hiking Club members earn a reward for reaching different mileage milestones!

  • You will receive a colorful patch for hiking 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, and all miles.
  • At 100 miles, you'll also receive a certificate for a free night* of camping.
  • Complete all Hiking Club miles and your rewards will include a free night* of camping plus an engraved plaque.

How can I join?

A Hiking Club kit costs $14.95 and can be purchased at most state parks or by calling 651-259-5600 or stopping by the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, 1-888-646-6367. No doubt, you'll enjoy the rewards. But the Club's best rewards are the one you'll receive along the way: the unforgettable sights, the experiences, and the memories of hiking in Minnesota State Parks. Find the best hikes in Minnesota State Parks and Trails!

Passport Club

Passport Club

Do you love to travel and earn perks along the way? Looking for inspiration to visit beautiful state parks all across Minnesota? Become a member of the Minnesota State Parks and Trails Passport Club!

What will I gain from being a Passport Club member?

As a Passport Club member, your goal is to visit Minnesota’s magnificent state parks from Afton State Park to Zippel Bay State Park. During your travels, you’ll see amazing scenery and discover something wonderful and new.

You'll be well rewarded for your travels! When you visit 25 parks you'll receive a certificate for a free night* of camping and a pin. Complete your visits to all state parks and you'll be awarded a free night* of camping plus a customized Passport Club plaque.

How can I join the club?

A Passport Club kit may be purchased for $14.95 plus tax at most state parks, over the phone by calling 651-259-5600 or at the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.

Where should I go to get my passport stamped?

Ask to have your Passport Club Passport stamped at the park office or use the stamp at the entrance station or kiosk. In the following cases, the stamp is available at a neighboring park. 

  • Garden Island State Recreation Area
    The stamp is available at Zippel Bay State Park.
  • Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area
    The stamp is available at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Area Office, 20596 Highway 7, Hutchinson, MN 55350 (320-234-2550, Ext. 3 Parks and Trails). You’ll find the stamp in an information kiosk located in the parking area. Or you may also ask at the office.
  • La Salle Lake State Recreation Area
    The stamp is available at Itasca State Park.
  • Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park:
    Ask at the office.
  • St. Croix Islands State Recreation Area
    The stamp is available at William O’Brien State Park.
  • John A. Latsch State Park
    The stamp is available at Whitewater State Park.

What if I can't make it to every Minnesota State Park?

Although we think it’s fun to visit them all, it is not necessary to visit the following recreation areas in order to complete the Passport Club and earn your award: (1) Garden Island State Recreation Area, accessible by boat in the summer; snowmobile in the winter; (2) Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area, which is still in development; (3) Iron Range Off-highway Vehicle State Recreation Area, which has trails designed specifically for off-highway vehicles; and (4) St. Croix Islands State Recreation Area, accessible only by boat.

*Free camping certificates cover the cost of campsite only. Fees for other amenities such as electricity or water and sewer hookups are extra.