Minnesota State Parks Are Free On Black FridayBlack Friday fever is spreading to Minnesota state parks. The state will offer free entry to all 76 state parks and recreation areas on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving. A daily permit to a park generally costs $5.
Wander Minnesota: Mille Lacs Kathio State ParkLast week, I talked about the wild rice demonstrations at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Not far from the museum is Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. The park's two-fold name has two roots. "Mille Lacs" is the term French explorers used to describe the area, and it is an apt term, meaning "1,000 lakes" in English.
Surge In Visitors To Minnesota State Parks Isn't Letting UpMinnesota state parks officials say a surge in visitors isn't letting up and they expect the trend to continue as fall colors spread across the state.
Bigger Poison Ivy Leaves Mean Larger RiskAccording to the CDC, roughly 90 percent of people exposed to the poisonous oil on the leaves of the plant will have an allergic reaction. It spreads easily and can last for days.
New DNR Tool Promises To Make Trip Planning Easier, Quicker Looking for the best way to find all the Minnesota state parks that offer boat access, swimming beaches and drive-in campsites? Then look no further. The Department of Natural Resources has a new tool designed to do just that.
Jay Cooke Swinging Bridge ReopensA historic landmark at a Minnesota State Park is about to reopen to the public after flooding destroyed it. Park goers will finally be able to walk across the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park next week. Rushing water from the St. Louis River tore it apart during flooding in the Duluth area two summers ago. Park historian Kristine Hiller says the swinging bridge, originally built in 1924, has a long history at the scenic park.
DNR: Fungus Dangerous To Bats Confirmed At 2 MN State ParksA fungus that has been linked to bat colony decimation has been confirmed in two Minnesota State Parks, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The fungus is known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS), which is a disease that is harmful and mostly fatal to hibernating bats, the DNR said. The fungus has reportedly decimated bat populations in eastern portions of the United States and Canada.
Wander Minnesota: Mother's Day Ideas It’s only a couple of weeks until Mother’s Day. Have you made plans for the special mom in your life? If you’d like some ideas of things to do besides go out to eat, consider one of these options.
DNR Pleased With Relaunch Of Reservations System Officials say they're pleased with the relaunch of a troubled campground reservations system for Minnesota state parks.
Wander Minnesota: After Thanksgiving DinnerGoing out for a Thanksgiving buffet? Having a massive meal at home? Either way, once you're done eating and have enjoyed the Turkey Day after-meal nap, what else is there to do?
Twins' Broken Bats Program Means 16,800 New TreesMinnesota state parks and trails can expect thousands of new trees next year, thanks to a Minnesota Twins' partnership with the Department of Natural Resources.
MN State Parks Offering Lots Of Labor Day CampingMinnesota state parks and recreations areas are still offering lots of camping options for the Labor Day weekend.