June is Great Outdoors Month, DNR offering free access this weekend

June is Great Outdoors Month, and the Minnesota DNR is offering free access to state parks and recreation areas this weekend.

“Connecting people to the outdoors is both part of our mission at the Minnesota DNR and a personal passion of mine,” said Sarah Strommen, DNR commissioner.

“This year, Great Outdoors Month comes on the heels of a legislative session that provided unprecedented investments in Minnesota’s natural resources and modernizing our outdoor recreation experiences. I look forward to working with my DNR colleagues to put these investments into actions that Minnesotans will experience when they’re enjoying our parks, trails, campgrounds, waters, and other public lands.”

June 9-11 is the annual Take a Kid Fishing weekend, when Minnesotans 16 or older who take a child 15 or younger fishing don’t need a fishing license. More information is available on the Take a Kid Fishing web page.

June 10-11 is also a no-registration riding weekend on motorized state and Grant-in-Aid trails. This weekend allows Minnesotans with an all-terrain vehicle registered for private or agricultural use to ride public trails without paying the registration fee. Find ATV trails on the trail locations map.

On Saturday, June 10, the DNR will also host a Free Park Day, which allows free entrance to all 75 state parks and recreation areas in Minnesota. There’s a state park or recreation area within 30 miles of most Minnesotans.

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