Additional amenities may be available at some locations, but as a general guideline, when we use these terms this is what you can expect:
Designed to accommodate mobility impairments. May or may not meet formal ADA guidelines.
All-terrain vehicles (ATV)
Unpaved trails where ATVs are allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.
Outdoor terraced seating around a stage area.
Polo, soccer, or other groomed field.
Paved trails where biking is allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.
A public water access designed to accommodate boat trailers and motorboats, with parking nearby. Swimming and fishing are not allowed at boat launches.
Fully furnished. Some have indoor plumbing and fireplaces; most have either a full kitchen or a kitchenette. Some are seasonal, others year-round. Cabins range from quite modern to nearly a century old.
Rustic, one-room cabins that sleep up to six people. Bunk beds and mattresses are provided; bring your own bedding. Some are accessible, and many have heat and electricity.
Campground (vehicle or tent)
Will have a fire ring, picnic table, access to toilet facilities, and a clearing for a tent.
Canoe/kayak access (sometimes also called carry-in access)
Public water access for smaller boats, with parking nearby. Not generally large enough for boat trailers or motorboats. Swimming and fishing are not allowed.
Rustic campsite with no drive-up access. Off-site parking a half mile or less away, with a trail leading to the site. Carts are provided to help carry your gear.
Large firepit encircled by benches.
Staffed office. May have restrooms; self-guided information and interpretation; and gift or convenience items for sale.
A place for boats to moor, but not to launch. Tourboats may board here.
Groomed trail for dogsledding. Skijoring may or may not be permitted.
Pump or water fountain.
Established trash area. May also include recycling.
Special camping area where people can camp with their horses. Each site will have a fire ring, picnic table, clearing for tent, hitching rails, manure bin, water, trailer parking, and access to toilet facilities. Some have optional electric hook-ups.
Equestrian rest area
Riding trail pulloff area with hitching rails. Generally includes toilet facilities, water, and seating.
Currently in use for fire spotting, not open to the public.
Fish cleaning shelter
Dedicated building for cleaning fish. Will have tables, sinks, and trash cans.
DNR office for fish management.
Generally near parking, with a hard surface path from the parking area. Many are accessible.
DNR office for forestry management.
Fuel available for sale. May include propane.
Indoor, gas or propane-burning.
Gates are set up and closed to signify unsafe or unusable trails. Do not go into a gated area.
Area of geologic significance. Generally includes some sort of signage or self-guided interpretation.
Maintained golf course, open to public players for a fee.
Basic food items available.
Designed to accommodate large groups of 60-120 people. Some have sleeping facilities, others do not. All will have a dining room, kitchen, and bathrooms.
Generally, a guesthouse is the same as a cabin except that it was once an occupied residence. Guesthouses are fully furnished, and range from quite modern to nearly a century old. Some have indoor plumbing and fireplaces; most have either a full kitchen or a kitchenette. Some are seasonal, others year-round.
No drive-up access. Parking a half mile or more away. Will have a fire ring, picnic table, clearing for tent, primitive toilet facilities.
Unpaved trail for hiking. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.
Designated historic area. Generally includes some sort of signage or self-guided interpretation.
Unpaved trail where horses are allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.
Hospital or First Aid station
Privately operated lodging at Itasca State Park.
Self-guided information and interpretation. Unstaffed.
Full kitchen and full bathroom. Larger than a cabin.
Some sort of indoor sleeping quarters. Lodging in state parks generally refers to camper cabins, cabins, guesthouses, and lodges. Other lodging occasionally includes privately owned facilities as well, most often when used to indicate lodging along a trail rather than within a state park.
Slips or safe refuge available to public boaters for a fee.
Managed, unpaved trails where mountain biking is allowed. It may or may not be a dedicated mountain biking singletrack trail; some mountain biking trails may have other types of activities along the trail.
Area for viewing nature.
Naturalist-led programs. Most are family friendly and suitable for people of all ages.
Fire tower or other tall structure that may be open to the public.
Off-highway motorcycles (OHM)
Unpaved trails where off-highway motorcycles are allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.
Off-road vehicles (ORV)
Unpaved trails where off-road vehicles are allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.
Privately owned service for water recreation outfitting. May provide rentals, transportation, or other services.
Area for viewing outstanding scenery.
Stand-up paddleboard rentals available.
Will have picnic tables and nearby parking. Some have toilet facilities.
Open-sided shelter with roof and picnic tables.
Point of interest
Historic, geologic, or other point of interest. Generally includes some sort of signage or self-guided interpretation.
Primitive group camp
Designed for groups that want to set up multiple tents in close proximity to one another. No drive-up access, parking is a half mile or more away. Will have fire rings, picnic tables, tent clearings, water, and primitive toilet facilities.
Non-flushing toilet with toilet paper. No running water.
May include canoes, kayaks, motors, boats, snowshoes, skis, or other.
Will have a parking area and picnic table. Some have toilet facilities.
Flush toilets and running water. May be seasonal only.
Restroom shower building
Flush toilets and running water, with one or more shower stall. May be seasonal only.
Self-guided or organized outdoor rock climbing.
RV camping only. Electrical and water hookups, access to toilet facilities.
RV sanitation station
Dump and fill.
Scientific and Natural Area (SNA)
DNR designated areas for scientific and natural preservation.
Open water kayaking, not suited to river kayaks.
Open air shelter with roof.
Designed for tents; an open-sided shelter with a roof.
Fee-based outdoor shooting range.
Beach or other cleared area designed for shore fishing.
One or more shower stall. No toilets.
More privacy than other campsites. Will have a fire ring, picnic table, access to toilet facilities, and a clearing for tent.
Groomed trails dedicated to either cross-country or skate skiing. Walking, snowshoeing and other activities are not allowed on groomed ski trails.
Groomed ski area where skijoring is allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail. Skijorers must stay off groomed cross-country ski trails.
Groomed trails where snowmobiling is allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.
"Grab and go" food.
Trails groomed for snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is also allowed anywhere except on groomed cross-country ski trails.
Self-guided or organized cave tours.
Designated area in which to shelter during severe weather.
Managed area for public swimming.
Heavy canvas structure on a permanent wooden platform. Not furnished, no electricity. Picnic table and fire ring outside; no cooking of open flames inside a tipi.
Fee-based guided tours.
Visitor center with a specific trail purpose like horse riding or skiing. May have rentals.
Self-guided information and interpretation. Staff available. Indoor bathroom with flush toilets.
No drive-up access. Parking within one half mile. Will have a fire ring, picnic table, clearing for tent, primitive toilet facilities.
10 x 12 foot unfurnished canvas tent on a low wooden platform with a ramp for accessibility. Drive-up access. Modern restrooms nearby.
Minimally maintained campsite accessible from the water. Will have a fire ring, primitive toilet facilities, and clearings for tent and watercraft.
Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
DNR designated areas for wildlife management.
Wildlife/waterfowl production area
Protected nesting or other habitat area.
No running water or electricity. Site and trail access will be plowed or shoveled, and there will be a picnic table and fire ring.
An insulated round canvas tent set on a wooden platform, generally available year-round. Each yurt has windows, a domed roof, wood floor, bunk beds, a table and chairs or stools, and a wood-burning stove. No drive-up access.