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 Friday

Take a hike, on us! No vehicle permit is needed to enter any of Minnesota's 75 state parks on Friday, November 27.
Discover other free entry days »

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Hunts in state parks

Many parks hold hunts to help control the deer population. Some will close to the public during their hunt dates, while others remain open to all visitors. Wear bright clothing, check in with staff and know the rules!
Find out which parks have hunts »

Minnesota state parks gift card

Gift giving made easy

Avoid stores this holiday season – give a Minnesota state parks gift card! The recipient can use it to buy a permit when they’re ready, or use it for camping, firewood or souvenirs.
Learn more about gift cards »

Frontenac State Park in late fall. Photo by Rob Gale.

Know the "Key 3" before you go

1. Plan ahead. Buy permits and passes in advance.
2. Be prepared. Buildings may be closed. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring extra supplies.
3. Follow rules. Practice social distancing -- even outdoors.