Free Loaner Equipment in State Parks

Did you know there's a variety of free equipment that can be borrowed at most Minnesota state parks? Free equipment rentals are a great way to try a new outdoor activity without having to make the commitment of buying expensive equipment. Options for free rentals 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
Afton
Banning
Bear Head Lake
Beaver Creek Valley  
Big Bog SRA
Big Stone Lake
Blue Mounds 
Buffalo River
Camden
Carley   
Cascade River  
Charles A. Lindbergh 
Crow Wing  
Cuyuna Country SRA  
Father Hennepin 
Flandrau 
Forestville/Mystery Cave
Fort Ridgely  
Fort Snelling
Frontenac  
George H. Crosby Manitou   
Glacial Lakes
Glendalough
Gooseberry Falls 
Grand Portage  
Great River Bluffs  
Hayes Lake 
Hill Annex Mine   
Interstate
Itasca 
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 
Maplewood  
McCarthy Beach
Mille Lacs Kathio 
Minneopa 
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
Scenic 
Schoolcraft   
Sibley
Split Rock Creek  
Split Rock Lighthouse 
Temperance River 
Tettegouche 
Upper Sioux Agency
Whitewater 
Wild River
William O'Brien   
Zippel Bay