ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Visits to Minnesota state parks are up, and the Department of Natural Resources is crediting efforts to connect more people to the outdoors.

The DNR says it put a high priority on marketing and outreach after a 2007 survey and focus groups provided new insights into why fewer young families were using state parks and trails.

Now it says overnight stays and permit sales have increased significantly for two consecutive years.

Overnight stays topped 985,000 in 2010, up from 863,000 in 2008. Sales of one-day permits rose from 211,000 in 2008 to over 238,000 in 2010. Year-round permits rose from more than 106,000 in 2008 to over 121,000 in 2010.

Estimated total visits, based on car counts, were 9.5 million in 2010, up from 8.3 million in 2008.

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Comments (7)
  1. Geocash says:

    Its the economy, people are not able to travel out of State its cheaper to go to Banning SP then Yellowstone.

    1. tiredandretired says:

      Absolutely right! That was my first thought, as well. Neighboring states are seeing similar trends for this very reason.

  2. Backyard camper says:

    Its getting to busy at the parks now. Can’t even get a site unless you book 6 months + out

  3. Murph says:

    The GOP is helping to kick people out into the outdoors too! Been at for about ten years now!

    1. Free money says:

      Murph right.. we need more welfare for those that don’t want to work.

      1. tiredandretired says:

        If you honestly believe that all unemployed/underemployed Americans are lazy, you are a fool. BTW, many of them are Republicans.

  4. Todd says:

    Free money, I know a lot of people who are hard working folks that are unemployed right now. One of them is a journeyman plumber who has worked steady for the last 10 years. He has been, except for a few temp calls from the union, unemployed for 6 months. He is not alone; there are a lot of talented, hard working people who can’t find work. And it isn’t Obama’s fault; it’s the idiot who was in charge before. Trickle down economics does not work. If you have millions of dollars you can pay more taxes. How much money do you need? It’s a fact that the top 10% earners in the US have been seeing double digit percentage increases in their wealth in the last 8 years. How? They send all the jobs to China so they can increase the bottom line. Who cares if they lay off most of their employees, they are raking it in. We need tariffs to level the playing field and we need them now.

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