Minnesota State Parks and Recreation Areas

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Discover new opportunities for adventure

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There are 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas ready for you to explore. Go camping, take a nature hike, pack a picnic...your adventure awaits, so grab a map and get outside!

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Free Park Day November 26

Take a hike, on us!

No vehicle permit is needed to enter any of Minnesota's 75 state parks on Friday, November 26. Discover other free entry days »

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Fall hunting in state parks

Many parks hold fall hunts to help control their deer population. Some parks close partially or entirely during these hunts. Wear bright colors if you will be hiking, and find out which parks have hunts this season.

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Don't get lost in the woods

Download geoPDF maps at home. They'll display your current location like Google Maps, but you don't have to be connected to the Internet or have cell service while using the map.

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Fish for free in most state parks

If you're a Minnesota resident, you can fish in many state parks without a fishing license!

Find out how and where »

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Know the "Key 3" before you go

  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!
  2. Arrive prepared. Buy your vehicle permit online, check visitor alerts, 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.