State parks and recreation areas waive fees Friday

Featured photo: Old Logging Trail, Lake Bemidji State Park, taken Oct. 14.

All Minnesota State parks will be free of charge this Friday.

According to a release, all 75 state parks and recreation areas will waive their entrance fees.

The DNR offers four free park days every year, one in each season.

“Public lands are for all of us to enjoy,” said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen.

“The free park days ensure everyone has the chance to experience the peace and beauty of Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas. There’s no better time to do this than with family and friends following Thanksgiving celebrations.”

State parks are open year-round and most Minnesotans live within 30 miles of one.

Parks will be minimally staffed on Nov. 26, so visitors should plan ahead and come prepared.

  • Check visitor alerts and find directions on state park web pages at
  • Download GeoPDF maps before the trip. These maps will display a user’s current location, like Google Maps or other map applications, but the user does not have to be connected to the internet or have cell service while using them.
  • Visit the self-orientation signs near the park entrance for suggestions on what to see and do while visiting.
  • Help protect these special places for the future by staying on trails and leaving no trace.

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