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.