Free Loaner Equipment in State Parks

Minnesota State Parks birding kit

Try new activities for free

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Try before you buy with our free loaner equipment! These kits are designed to give you a chance to try out a new activity before you purchase the necessary equipment. They’re also perfect if you forgot your binoculars or fishing pole at home! Our free loaner equipment include:

  • GPS units can be used to participate in the statewide Geocaching Program that involves hunting for hidden treasure.
  • Kids Discovery Kits feature activities, stories and tips to help ensure that a child's park visit will be fun and memorable. Discovery Kits come in three flavors: "Wildlife by Water," "Around the Campfire" and "Camping Skills".
  • Fishing Kits include a rod, a reel and a stocked tackle box. Go fishing!
  • Birding Kits include binoculars, guide books and bird lists that are unique to each state park. Go birding!

Rentals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis based on availability at the locations listed below. Always check with the park before you leave home to ensure they have enough rental equipment available!

New to fishing or another outdoor activity? Check out the beginner-level I Can! Programs (equipment included).

Don't forget your park pass! Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.

 GPS UnitsBirding KitsFishing KitsKids Discovery Kits
    Wildlife by WaterAround the CampfireCamping Skills
Bear Head Lake
Beaver Creek Valley  
Big Bog SRA
Big Stone Lake
Blue Mounds   
Buffalo River
Cascade River  
Charles A. Lindbergh 
Crow Wing  
Cuyuna Country SRA  
Father Hennepin 
Forestville/Mystery Cave
Fort Ridgely  
Fort Snelling
George H. Crosby Manitou   
Glacial Lakes
Gooseberry Falls 
Grand Portage  
Great River Bluffs  
Hayes Lake 
Hill Annex Mine   
Jay Cooke
John A. Latsch   
Judge C.R. Magney  
Kilen Woods   
Lac qui Parle
Lake Bemidji 
Lake Bronson
Lake Carlos
Lake Louise  
Lake Maria  
Lake Shetek 
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine 
McCarthy Beach
Mille Lacs Kathio 
Minnesota Valley SRA  
Monson Lake   
Moose Lake  
Myre-Big Island 
Nerstrand Big Woods 
Old Mill   
Red River SRA 
Rice Lake  
St. Croix
Sakatah Lake
Savanna Portage
Split Rock Creek     
Split Rock Lighthouse 
Temperance River 
Upper Sioux Agency
Wild River
William O'Brien   
Zippel Bay