DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Department of Natural Resources officials say they want to gear a new state park in northeastern Minnesota toward younger people.

The state released its draft plan for the Lake Vermilion State Park, which was purchased from U.S. Steel in May.

The DNR calls it a “pilot park,” where new ideas and activities will be rolled-out — more than any other state park.

The plan includes archery, mountain biking, geocaching and orienteering as well as more common park activities like camping, snowmobiling and boating.

Public comments will be accepted until Dec. 22, with public meetings next month in the Twin Cities and Tower.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that lawmakers are expected to consider the plan early next year. The DNR hopes to build the park through 2020.

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Comments (6)
  1. Max says:

    would be nice if they had good cross country ski trails with lighting after 4:30 pm!

  2. Ginger Shepla says:

    I would like to see an off leash dog area that included several miles of hiking for dogs and their owners.

  3. Deb Redpath says:

    I would like to see horseback riding trails.

  4. Becke365 says:

    Kudos to the idea of allowing archery, more state parks in MN should do it.

  5. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    I would like to see the DNR show us taxpayers exactly how many millions of dollars this is going to cost us. mark@mntaxwaste.com

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