State Parks

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State Parks Offering New Camping Experience — Yurts

Outdoor lovers have a new way to spend the night at three of Minnesota’s state parks. The new shelters have the feel of a tent only with comfort of a cabin. They are known as “yurts.”

10/16/2014

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Outreach Helps Minnesota State Park Visits Grow

Despite a record wettest June that kept Minnesotans hunkered down at home, state figures show that more people than ever are getting outdoors to take advantage of Minnesota’s state parks. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources credit the revenue stream from the Legacy Amendment sales tax increase.

07/18/2014

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Free Admission Saturday At Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota state parks will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with free admission and family fun on Saturday. The Department of Natural Resources will waive the requirement for vehicle permits and provide free admission at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Saturday.

06/13/2014

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New Online Tool Helps Select Perfect State Park

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a new online tool to help visitors select a state park that’s the perfect fit.

06/06/2014

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Minnesota State Parks Chief Touts Legacy Funding

The man who has run Minnesota state parks for the past decade counts himself fortunate that voters gave him some extra money to spend. Courtland Nelson, 62, retires April 21 as director of the Parks and Trails Division of the Department of Natural Resources.

04/07/2014

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Open Up The Door Because It’s National Get Outside Day

The weather has not been ideal for enjoying the outdoors the last couple of weeks, but Saturday is National Get Outside today. All of the state’s 74 state parks are free today.

06/08/2013

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Finding Minnesota: Geocaching In State Parks

Some say the more we focus on technology, the less we appreciate the world’s natural beauty. But over the past several years, Minnesota state parks have seen the opposite.

04/09/2013

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DNR May Host Gun Safety Classes In State Parks

Minnesota State Parks may soon be host to gun safety classes.

06/14/2012

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Little To No Vacancy At MN Campgrounds

The trend has been around for a couple years and it’s likely to continue – packed camping grounds.

05/27/2012

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Wander Minnesota: Planning Your State Park Getaway

This year’s unusually early spring is a boon for outdoor enthusiasts. Even though it’s still (barely) March, it’s definitely not too soon to make plans to visit one of Minnesota’s state parks this summer.

03/28/2012

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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.

03/22/2012

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Minn DNR Will Resume Taking Camping Reservations

Minnesota’s new park reservation system is about to resume taking some camping and lodging reservations after crashing nearly three weeks ago following its launch, the state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday.

03/20/2012

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The Good Life For Less: Cure For The Wintertime Blues

If you are feeling the winter blues — especially after the traffic snarls we experienced this week — it may be time to make your escape.

01/25/2012

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DNR Awards $7 Million In Parks And Trails Legacy Grants

The Minnesota DNR announced Tuesday it has awarded more than $7 million to 28 local communities through its Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program.

01/10/2012

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Guide To Minnesota Snowshoeing

Each winter, fastest growing winter sport of snowshoeing sweeps Minnesota each winter after the first good snowfall. Check out these locations for some of Minnesota’s best snowshoeing terrains.

01/07/2012

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