Access to Minnesota state parks
during the 2019 fall hunting season

Know before you go, and see which parks have special hunts this season.

Numerous hunts are scheduled to take place at Minnesota state parks this fall, as a way to help control the deer population in the parks. Our goal is to ensure healthy natural communities. If too many deer are in one area, the native plants and animals are negatively affected.

Access to the parks varies around the state during these hunts. Some state parks remain open to all visitors, some have limited public access, and some are open only to hunters with special permits. These limited special permits will be available beginning Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis online and wherever DNR licenses are sold.

This site provides information to non-hunters during the hunt season. If you are a hunter, you'll find more information here.

For additional information, please call the facility before you head out.

DNR Facebook site Minnesota State Parks Twitter feed

 

Stay safe during hunting season!

If you will be visiting a state park during hunting season:

  1. Wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing, even if you will not be hunting.
  2. Check with the park office when you arrive, to see if there is any additional hunt-related information.
  3. Watch carefully for any hunt-related signage in the park, and follow it!

 

CLOSED

The park is closed to the public and open only to hunters with a valid permit during a particular hunt.

LIMITED

The park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only.

 

Don't get lost! See your location with our GeoPDF maps!
The state parks special hunt maps are now readable by the Avenza Maps location app (available on Google Play and the App Store) and are available for use offline. No cell service is needed!

 

State Park

Access

Type of hunt

Dates

Class

Map

AftonCLOSEDYouth11/9 to 11/10Firearmsyouth hunt map
BanningLIMITEDYouth11/2 to 11/3Firearmsyouth hunt map
Beaver Creek ValleyCLOSEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/10Firearmshunt map
Blue MoundsCLOSEDYouth11/23 to 11/24Firearmsyouth hunt map
Buffalo RiverLIMITEDYouth11/9 to 11/10Firearmsyouth hunt map
CamdenCLOSEDYouth10/26 to 10/27Firearmsyouth hunt map
Cascade RiverLIMITEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/24Firearmshunt map
Crow WingCLOSEDSpecial permit12/7 to 12/11Muzzleloaderpark map
Forestville/Mystery CaveLIMITED

Special permit

11/9 to 11/10

Firearms

hunt map

Franz JevneLIMITEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/24Firearmshunt map
FrontenacCLOSEDSpecial permit11/23 to 11/24Firearmshunt map
Glacial LakesLIMITEDSpecial permit11/14 to 11/17Firearmshunt map
Gooseberry FallsLIMITEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/24Firearmshunt map
Great River BluffsCLOSEDSpecial permit 

11/23 to 11/24

Firearms

hunt map
Greenleaf LakeLIMITEDSpecial permit9/14 to 12/31Archeryhunt map
Hayes LakeLIMITEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/24Firearmshunt map
ItascaLIMITEDYouth
Special permit
Special permit
10/12 to 10/13
11/9 to 11/17
11/30 to 12/15
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
Jay CookeLIMITEDSpecial permit 12/7 to 12/13Muzzleloaderhunt map
Judge C.R. MagneyLIMITEDSpecial permit 11/9 to 11/24Firearmshunt map
Kilen WoodsCLOSEDYouth10/26 to 10/27Firearmspark map
Lake BemidjiLIMITEDYouth
Special permit
Special permit
10/18 to 10/20
11/9 to 11/12
12/6 to 12/8
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
 
Lake BronsonLIMITED

Youth
Special permit

10/26 to 10/27
11/9 to 11/17
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map
Lake CarlosLIMITEDSpecial permit 11/9 to 11/12Firearmshunt map
Lake LouiseLIMITEDSpecial permit 11/16 to 11/17Firearmspark map
Lake ShetekCLOSEDYouth11/23 to 11/24Firearmspark map
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground MineLIMITEDSpecial permit11/30 to 12/15Muzzleloaderhunt map
MaplewoodLIMITEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/12Firearmspark map
McCarthy BeachLIMITEDSpecial permit11/30 to 12/8Muzzleloaderhunt map
MinneopaLIMITEDYouth10/26 to 10/27Firearmshunt map
Myre-Big IslandLIMITEDSpecial permit12/7 to 12/8Muzzleloader

hunt map

Nerstrand Big WoodsCLOSEDSpecial permit12/7 to 12/8Muzzleloaderhunt map
Old MillLIMITEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/12Firearmshunt map
Rice LakeLIMITEDSpecial permit12/7 to 12/8Muzzleloaderhunt map
Sakatah LakeLIMITEDSpecial permit12/7 to 12/8Muzzleloader 
St. CroixCLOSEDYouth
Special permit 
Special permit
11/2 to 11/3
11/21 to 11/24
12/4 to 12/8
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
Savanna PortageLIMITEDYouth
Special permit
10/26 to 10/27
11/30 to 12/8
Firearms
Muzzleloader
hunt map
ScenicLIMITEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/24Firearmshunt map
SchoolcraftLIMITEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/24Firearmshunt map
SibleyLIMITED
CLOSED
Youth
Special permit
10/26 to 10/27
11/30 to 12/1
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
Split Rock LighthouseLIMITEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/24Firearmshunt map
TettegoucheLIMITEDYouth
Special permit
11/2 to 11/3
11/9 to 11/24
Firearms
Firearms
youth hunt map
hunt map
WhitewaterCLOSEDSpecial permit11/23 to 11/24Firearmshunt map
Wild RiverCLOSEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/10Firearmshunt map
William O'BrienCLOSEDSpecial permit11/9 to 11/10Firearmshunt map
Zippel BayLIMITEDYouth
Special permit
10/19 to 10/20
11/9 to 11/24
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map