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parks and rec



June 2020

All Are Welcome

Everyone is welcome at Minnesota State Parks and Trails. We are hard at work to safely reopen facilities so that soon everyone can reap the benefits of recreating at these beautiful places that belong to all Minnesotans.

Here is a collection of our favorite photos from last summer that bring back fun memories and smiles to our faces. We hope they make you smile too. 

We look forward to serving you and to keep working towards our vision to "create unforgettable park, trail, and water recreation experiences that inspire people to pass along their love for the outdoors to current and future generations."


Paddling on the St. Croix River

Two girls fishing

Fishing on the dock of the bay

Family eating s'mores

S'more time con la famila

Girl geocaching

Future geocaching champ?

Two kids showing off their catch

Gone Fishin'

Off-road highway vehicle

Test your driving skills with an off-road vehicle...

Mountain biking

... or your mountain bike

Family at climbing wall

At the crag, ready to reach new heights

Family hiking

A wee day out with the wee ones

sitting on a rock

Take a hike with your loved one


I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like

Dad and daughter paddling

The perfect father-daughter date

At fire tower

A room with a view (and what a view it was)

Hanging out inside the tent

When the night has come... we lounge under the stars

Safety Header

Phased Reopening of Overnight Facilities Is Under Way

Stay safe: Camping reopening

We have started reopening campgrounds at state parks, state forests and recreation areas in a phased approach.

For limitations, allowed use, and safety info keep referring to mndnr.gov/COVID19.

Remember... stay safe, healthy, and six feet away from others!

Slow The Spread:

  1. Plan ahead: Make reservations and buy your permits online *before* you arrive at the park. This helps protect you, other visitors and staff by minimizing person-to-person contact. If you buy a vehicle permit online, record your confirmation number and place it on the dashboard of your car.
  2. Be prepared: Bring your own water, soap, hand sanitizer, surface disinfectant supplies, towels and toilet paper.
  3. Follow the rules: Follow federal, state and DNR guidelines. This includes observing cleaning protocols, following directional signage and practicing social distancing—even outdoors.
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Planet Protectors

Teen in classroom

Minnesota youth come together for a better future for us and generations to come. Full story.

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer is a print magazine dedicated to Minnesota’s wild places and creatures. For more stories, visit mnDNR.gov/MCV or subscribe..

Our Guiding Principles 

These are just a handful of our guiding principles at Minnesota State Parks and Trails, that are fundamental to the way the division operates.

  • We work together with respect and a positive spirit across the rich diversity of people, communities and cultures.
  • We empower a diverse workforce committed to excellence, integrity, and quality work.
  • We believe in the value of learning —for our customers, staff and as an organization.