Free Admission to State Parks for ‘National Get Outdoors Day’


Minnesota State Parks - Free Admission

Just in time for Father’s Day weekend, the DNR is opening up Minnesota State Parks for free admission this Saturday to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day.

All of the 75 state parks will be a part of the free admission day. The day will also feature free vehicle permits, which typically costs $5 a day.

Most of the parks will be holding special events to further celebrate this day. Free activities include geocaching, archery, hiking, fairs and fishing. Fishing in most state parks does not require a permit and free loaner kits are available, so everyone is welcome to join.

Several parks will also be featuring ‘Play Clean Go’ events to teach park visitors how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Buffalo River, Fort Snelling, Gooseberry Falls, Itasca, Jay Cooke, Mille Lacs Kathio, Minneopa, Sibley, Whitewater and Wild River state parks will all feature this training.

Most Minnesotans are within 30 miles of a state park. It’s easy to find the one that’s right for you.


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Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal is a student at the University of St. Thomas majoring in Communication and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She was born in California and has lived in four states since then, finally landing in Minnesota (maybe not for good). She loves to travel and studied abroad in London and Ireland last year with another planned trip to Argentina this upcoming year. She hopes to continue her travels after graduation without the excuse of class credit. She is an avid reader who enjoys anything she can get her hands on, from literature classics to popular trilogies. She enjoys writing in all forms, contributing to not only Minnesota Connect but also St. Thomas’s student-run online news source TommieMedia and the School of Social Work’s Perspectives.

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