Access to Minnesota state parks
during the 2017 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.

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.

 

State Park

Access

Type of Hunt

Dates

Class

Map

AftonCLOSEDYouth Deer Hunt11/4 to 11/5Firearmsyouth hunt map
BanningLIMITEDYouth Deer Hunt10/28 to 10/29Firearmsyouth hunt map
Blue MoundsCLOSEDYouth Deer Hunt11/18 to 11/19Firearmsyouth hunt map
Buffalo RiverLIMITEDYouth Deer Hunt11/4 to 11/5Firearmsyouth hunt map
CamdenCLOSEDYouth Deer Hunt10/28 to 10/29Firearmsyouth hunt map
Cascade RiverLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/19Firearmshunt map
map detail
Crow WingLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt12/2 to 12/3Muzzleloader 
Forestville/Mystery CaveLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/5Firearmshunt map
Franz JevneLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/19Firearms 
FrontenacCLOSEDSpecial Permit Hunt12/2 to 12/3Muzzleloaderhunt map
Glacial LakesLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/9 to 11/12Firearmshunt map
Gooseberry FallsLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/19Firearmshunt map
Great River BluffsCLOSEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/18 to 11/19Firearms 
Greenleaf LakeLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt9/16 to 12/31Archeryhunt map
Hayes LakeLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/19Firearmshunt map
ItascaLIMITED
Youth Deer Hunt
Regular Season Hunt
Regular Season Hunt
10/14 to 10/15
11/4 to 11/12
11/25 to 12/10
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
Jay CookeLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt12/2 to 12/6Muzzleloaderhunt map
Judge C.R. MagneyLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/19Firearmshunt map
Kilen WoodsCLOSEDYouth Deer Hunt10/28 to 10/29Firearms 
Lake BemidjiLIMITEDYouth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/20 to 10/22
11/4 to 11/7
12/1 to 12/3
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
 
Lake BronsonLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/12Firearmshunt map
Lake CarlosLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/7Firearmshunt map
Lake ShetekCLOSEDYouth Deer Hunt11/18 to 11/19Firearms 
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground MineLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/25 to 12/10Muzzleloader 
MaplewoodLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/7Firearms 
MinneopaLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt12/1 to 12/3Muzzleloaderhunt map
Myre-Big IslandLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt12/1 to 12/3Muzzleloader 
Old MillLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/7Firearmshunt map
St. CroixCLOSED
Youth Deer Hunt
Adult On-set Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/28 to 10/29
10/28 to 10/29
11/16 to 11/19
11/30 to 12/3
Firearms
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
Sakatah LakeLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt12/1 to 12/3Muzzleloaderhunt map
Savanna PortageLIMITEDYouth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/28 to 10/29
11/25 to 11/28
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
ScenicLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/19Firearmshunt map
SchoolcraftLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/19Firearmshunt map
SibleyLIMITED
CLOSED
Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/28 to 10/29
11/25 to 11/26
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
Split Rock LighthouseLIMITEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/4 to 11/19Firearmshunt map
TettegoucheLIMITEDYouth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/28 to 10/29
11/4 to 11/19
Firearms
Firearms
youth hunt map
hunt map
WhitewaterCLOSEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/18 to 11/19Firearmshunt map
William O'BrienCLOSEDSpecial Permit Hunt11/11 to 11/12Firearmshunt map
Zippel BayLIMITEDYouth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/21 to 10/22
11/4 to 11/19
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map