State Parks

WCCO Viewers' Choice For Best Fall Hiking Trail In MinnesotaGooseberry Falls State Park is the unofficial gateway to the North Shore. And its beauty is such a draw that you cannot drive by without stopping to explore. Thousands of people visit each year, anticipating the vision of Gooseberry Falls and the memories they will make there.
Minnesota State Parks Draw Record Holiday Weekend CrowdsMinnesota state parks drew record crowds on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and park officials say there are still great recreational opportunities ahead for the rest of the summer. Department of Natural Resources figures show occupancy at state parks hit 84 percent.
Free Admission, Activities At State Parks For Nat’l Get Outdoors DayMinnesota's 75 state parks are all offering free admission this coming Saturday to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. All of the state's parks have special activities planned.
Dayton, Pawlenty Join Groundbreaking At State's Newest ParkGov. Mark Dayton and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty were among the government officials who grabbed shovels to help break ground for Minnesota's newest state park. Construction began Friday on the campground at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota.
Travel Guide To Colorado's Great Sand DunesHead out for a vacation that will put you in the heart of America's Great Sand Dunes. During your trip you can explore the country's highest dunes, go hiking through diverse forests or splash around in local waterways.
State Parks Await Spring-Time VisitorsAs the last drops of maple syrup are collected from Fort Snelling State Park, it can mean only one thing -- the sights and sounds of spring are coming back. Brent Wennberg has been enjoying Minnesota's state parks since he was 2.
Minnesota State Parks Seek Fee Bump To Maintain ServicesThe Department of Natural Resources is asking the Minnesota Legislature to raise entrance fees at state parks so it can maintain services at existing levels. Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposes to bump the current $5 daily vehicle fee by $1 to $6, and the current 12-month $25 vehicle fee by $5 to $30.
State Parks Offering New Camping Experience -- YurtsOutdoor 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."
Outreach Helps Minnesota State Park Visits GrowDespite 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.
Free Admission Saturday At Minnesota State ParksMinnesota 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.
New Online Tool Helps Select Perfect State ParkThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a new online tool to help visitors select a state park that's the perfect fit.
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.