Minnesota state parks with fewer bugs

Photos of parks that have fewer bugs in Minnesota

Enjoy the outdoors and avoid the mosquitoes

Spending time outdoors in Minnesota summers can get a bit buggy. Luckily, there are many ways to avoid bug bites in Minnesota state parks! Check out these tips or visit one of our state parks with fewer bugs:

Tips on how to be less attractive to bugs:

  • Dress appropriately! Wear lighter colors, loose clothing, and long sleeves if possible.
  • Wear a hat to protect your head and face.
  • Avoid wearing perfume or strongly scented products!
  • Keep cool - sweat attracts bugs!
  • Be aware! Always complete a tick check after you've been outdoors.
  • Keep bug spray on hand just in case!

A few parks with fewer bugs:

We're can't promise there won't be any pesky insects...but here are some places to go where you're less likely to need that bug spray! These particular parks tend to have fewer biting insects because of their geologic and meteorologic conditions.

state map showing this park's locationBeaver Creek Valley State Park
Fall asleep to the murmur of the stream.

state map showing this park's locationFrontenac State Park
You'll watch the birds here, not the bugs.

state map showing this park's locationForestville/Mystery Cave State Park
Head underground for a truly bugless adventure!

state map showing this park's location Great River Bluffs State Park
Diverse wildlife watching and minimal bugs.

state map showing this park's locationJohn A. Latsch State Park
Try the half-mile hike up the ravine for a view well worth the effort.

state map showing this park's locationWhitewater State Park
Hit the water without annoying mosquitoes.


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