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The majority of Minnesota State Parks offer camping, many have lodging facilities that include cabins, yurts etc. Please visit the links provided for campground/camping info. Minnesota's state parks are spread across the state in such a way that there is a state park within 50 miles of eachother.


Afton State Park provides excellent hiking and skiing opportunities with scenic overlooks of the St Croix River. Birdwatchers can observe numerous birds and waterfowl on the St. Croix flyway, in the grasslands, and migratory birds in the floodplain. Afton State Park is located between Afton and Denmark Township, MN.

Banning State Park has turbulent rapids at Blueberry Slide, Mother's Delight, Dragon's Tooth and Hell's Gate, these rapids are popular among canoeists and kayakers, you can visit the historic ruins of Banning Sandstone Quarry. Banning State Park is located in Sandstone, MN

Bear Head Lake State Park contains pristine lakes, and wilderness quality. Explore miles of shoreline by canoe, and 674-acre Bear Head Lake, a fishing paradise. Bear Head Lake State Park is located near Ely, MN

Beaver Creek Valley State Park is known for its clear streams fed by the "Big Spring." The hills and valleys attract migratory songbirds like the rare Acadian flycatcher, Cerulean warbler, and Louisiana waterthrush, making this park great for birdwatchers. Beaver Creek Valley State Park is located near Caledonia, MN

Big Bog State Park includes a northern unit and a southern unit. The 500-square-mile peat bog, the largest in the lower 48 states, is located in the northern unit. Big Bog State Park is located just north of the town of Waskish MN

Big Stone Lake State Park is a great walleye fishing location, Big Stone Lake State Park is bordering Minnesota and South Dakota. Big Stone Lake State Park is located 7 miles northwest of Ortonville, MN

Blue Mounds State Park is a 1,153-acre park on the tallest hill in southern Wisconsin, Blue Mound State Park is just north 4 miles from the town of Luverne, MN

Buffalo River State Park consisits of 1322 acres of natural prairie, and woodlands with the Buffalo River flowing through them, and a man made swimming lake. Buffalo River State Park is lin Moorhead MN, and only 14 miles from the large metropolitan area of Fargo, North Dakota .

Camden State Park is a state park on the Redwood River. Thirteen buildings and structures, built by the VCC and the WPA, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Redwood River Valley was formed after the glaciers had receded to the north, and Archaeological research has revealed this valley was home to prehistoric and historic people 8,000 years ago for hunting and fishing.

Carley State Park in springtime you can take a stroll on carpeted pine forest trails, or explore a springtime woodland filled with the colors of bluebells. Carley State Park.4 miles south of Plainview, MN

Cascade River State Park rushing river and grand waterfalls with views of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Cascade River State Park is aptly named, the Cascade River flows down one ledge after another for a total drop of 900 feet in the last three miles of its journey to Lake Superior. This park also offers great recreational opportunities to hikers and cross-country skiers. Cascade River State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Grand Marais, MN

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park you can visit the historic home of Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr., father of the famous aviator, Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. Charles A. Lindbergh State Park is located in Little Falls, MN

Crow Wing State Park is where you can view the Mississippi River from the historic and picturesque "Chippewa Lookout." or Walk through the site of the Old Crow Wing Village because Crow Wing State Park is a park rich in cultural history, wildlife and vegetation. Crow Wing State Park is located near Brainerd, MN

Father Hennepin State Park has 320 acres on the shore of Mille Lacs Lake. The park is named after Father Louis Hennepin, a priest who visited the area with a French expedition in 1680. Father Hennepin State Park is located near the town of Isle, MN

Flandrau State Park was the site of a Work Projects Administration (WPA) camp during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Several buildings in the park are beautiful examples of the architectural work done by the WPA. Large cottonwoods and other trees provide scenic beauty and habitat for both birds and wildlife. Flandrau State Park is located in New Ulm, MN

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park Explore the underground, take a tour of Mystery Cave's stalactites, stalagmites and underground pools. Above ground, stop by Historic Forestville, a restored 1800's village. View sinkholes and the dramatic Big Spring. Fish three blue-ribbon trout streams for brown trout. Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park offers all this and numerous hiking trails and horseback riding trails. Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park is located approximately 6 miles south of Wykoff, MN (Read more below)

Fort Ridgely State Park This 1,040 acre state park is where you can play a nine-hole golf course, enjoy hiking trails, horse trails, snowmobile trails, fishing and wildlife viewing. Fort Ridgely was complete by 1855, after Fort Ridgely closed in 1872, local farmers used the buildings. Fort Ridgely State Park is located 6 miles south of Fairfax MN

Fort Snelling State Park is a day-use only park where you can hike up to the historic Fort Snelling for a view of military life in the 1820s, Canoe on Gun Club Lake, play golf, swim in Snelling Lake, or hike on Pike Island where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers converge. Fort Snelling State Park is located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Franz Jevne State Park provides access to the river for fishing, walleyes, northerns, small mouth bass and sturgeon. This park is along the Rainy River between International Falls and Baudette, one of the most scenic areas along the Rainy River. Franz Jevne State Park is located east of Birchdale MN

Frontenac State Park is a birdwatcher's paradise! Frontenac State Park is one of the best spots in the country to view birds migrating in the spring and fall, with more than 260 species of birds recorded. Bald eagles are commonly seen in the fall, winter and spring. Archeological excavations uncovered artifacts from the Hopewellian culture dating from 400 B.C. to 300 A.D. Research also shows that the Dakota and Fox Indians hunted and fished on the shores of Lake Pepin. Frontenac State Park is located 5 miles northwest of Lake City, MN

Garden Island State Recreation Area is a 734 acre park, located 19 nautical miles from Zippel Bay State Park.

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park waterfalls cascade through a volcanic canyon. The 6,682 acre George Crosby Manitou State Park was the first park in the system to be designed primarily for backpackers and remains a backpack-only park. The beautiful old-growth stands are protected as part of a Scientific and Natural Area. Waterfalls and Benson Lake add to the enjoyment of visitors. George Crosby Manitou State Park is located near the village of Finland, MN

Glacial Lakes State Park is located near the town of Starbuck, MN

Glendalough State Park is a fisherman's paradise with nine miles of undeveloped shoreline and six lakes. Experience fishing as it was 100 years ago, on Annie Battle Lake, a private fishing lake for many years, and its fish populations and sizes are more comparable to historic times than most public fishing lakes. Birdwatching is popular and hiking trails take you through hardwood forests. Glendalough State Park is located near the town of Battle Lake, MN

Gooseberry Falls State Park is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, and Lake Superior shoreline. Listen to the thunderous roar of the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls of the Gooseberry River as it plummets through a rocky gorge. Hike or ski to see the Fifth Falls through a forest. Go biking on the new Gitchi Gami bike trail. Gooseberry Falls State Park is state park that Minnesota visitors should not miss! Gooseberry Falls State Park is located near the town of Two Harbors.

Grand Portage State Park The 120-foot High Falls of the Pigeon River is the Minnesota's highest waterfall. This MN state park on the U.S. - Canadian border, is designed for day use only. American Indians created the ancient nine-mile trail from Lake Superior to bypass the falls. This trail became known as "The Grand Portage." Grand Portage State Park and the surrounding area is rich in Indian and fur trade history. This is the only state park not owned by the State of Minnesota, The park lies within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation, and is leased from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) which holds it in trust for the Grand Portage Band. Grand Portage State Park is located just before you come to the U.S. Customs Station on the US/Canada border.

Great River Bluffs State Park contains two scientific and natural areas, King's and Queen's Bluff. The park's 2,835 acres lie within the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest. Classified as a "Natural State Park," Great River Bluffs State Park is located near Winona, MN

Hayes Lake State Park Trails for hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding connect with the Beltrami Island State Forest. The remains of the original homestead and farm can be seen along with scenic views of the river and forest. Hayes Lake State Park's 2,950 acres is located 15 miles south of the town of Roseau, MN

Hill Annex Mine State Park Discover marine fossils, descent into mining's past, take a open pit mine tour. Hill Annex Mine produced 63 million tons of iron ore, and was the sixth largest producer in the state. Hill Annex Mine State Park is located on the north edge of Calumet, MN

Interstate State Park is a Interstate Park in Minnesota and Wisconsin. that has creeks and springs that flow into the St. Croix River.

Itasca State Park is Minnesota's oldest state park. Itasca State Park contains more than 100 lakes, including Lake Itasca. Itasca State Park is located 21 miles north of Park Rapids, MN

Jay Cooke State Park has buildings and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a swinging suspension bridge high above the St. Louis River. Jay Cooke State Park is located near the town of Carlton, MN

John A. Latsch State Park contains three steep bluffs rising 500 feet above the river which are named Mount Faith, Mount Hope, and Mount Charity. The three bluffs were named by steamboat captains, who used them as landmarks. John A. Latsch State Park is a 1654-acre Minnesota state park on the Mississippi River, 12 miles northwest of Winona.

Judge C.R. Magney State Park is a 4,674 acre park. A notable feature of the park is the Devil's Kettle, in which part of the Brule River disappears into a glacial pothole. Judge C. R. Magney State Park is located 14 miles northeast of Grand Marais on Highway 61 on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Kilen Woods State Park

Lac qui Parle State Park, Lac qui Parle is a French translation of the native Dakota name, meaning "lake which speaks". In fall, the lake is a stop-over for thousands of migratory Canada geese. Lac qui Parle State Park is located 1/2 mile north of Watson, MN

Lake Bemidji State Park is right on the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji. Lake Bemidji State Park supports many wildlife species, birdwatching is a favorite activity. The park also contains fine examples of conifer bog that includes unusual plants and animals. A quarter mile long boardwalk leads into one of these areas so that visitors can observe pitcher plants, insect eating sundews, orchids, and other plants. Lake Bemidji State Park is is located near Bemidji, Minnesota

Lake Bronson State Park is 3598 acres in size. The park is a fine example of a transition area between prairie and forest landscapes and supports a variety of wildlife. The South Branch of the Two Rivers fills Lake Bronson. The lake, which is actually a reservoir is one of the few parks in which moose are fairly common. Lake Bronson State Park is located in Lake Bronson Minnesota

Lake Carlos State Park provides a setting for fishing, boating, hiking and horseback riding. Lake Carlos State Park contains marshes, woodland ponds, and lakes. Lake Carlos State Park is located 10 miles north of Alexandria, MN

Lake Louise State Park is noted for butterfly watching, as some rare species have been seen. Lake Louise State Park is located just north of the Iowa border, near the small town of Le Roy, MN

Lake Maria State Park has remote lakes and ponds throughout the park. Lake Maria State Park is home to the Blandings turtle, one of Minnesota's threatened species. This State Park perfect for hikers, backpackers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers. Lake Maria State Park is a 1580-acre state park west of Monticello, MN

Lake Shetek State Park is located on the east shore of the largest lake in southwest Minnesota, near the town of Currie, MN. Wildlife includes watching the flight of a white pelican overhead. There is an observation deck with a spotting scope for close-up viewing and easy identification of the numerous waterfowl on Loon Island, a 45-acre bird sanctuary. Lake Shetek State Park is also popular for fishing, hiking and rustic style historic resources within Lake Shetek State Park are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lake Vermilion State Park, When developed, the park will provide public access to Lake Vermilion and its 40,000 acres of water, 365 islands and 1,200 miles of shoreline. Lake Vermilion State Park is adjacent to Soudan Underground Mine State Park.

Maplewood State Park has eight major lakes and many ponds. You can drive along the scenic route to observe the wildlife. There is an extensive trail system for hikers, cross-country skiers, and horseback riders. Maplewood State Park is located 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids, MN

McCarthy Beach State Park has a sandy beach on Sturgeon Lake. At McCarthy Beach State Park you can explore Side Lake and the four connected lakes, or take the Taconite Trail for access to hundreds of miles of additional trails. McCarthy Beach State Park is located near Hibbing, MN.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park Its 9000 years of human history and archaeological significance has made it a Minnesota National Historic Landmark. There is a 100 ft. observation tower, that enables you to look across Mille Lacs Lake. "Mille Lacs," a French term used by early explorers and fur traders, means "1,000 lakes," The park is one of the most significant archeological sites in Minnesota, with 19 sites identified. The earliest site, dating from the "Archaic" period. Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is located about 8 miles north of Onamia.

Minneopa State Park has twin waterfalls of the Minneopa Creek, plunging 35 feet into the valley below, there is also a trail which leading down a limestone stairway to the valley below. Minneopa State Park is located 5 miles west of Mankato, MN.

Monson Lake State Park is a 187-acre park where birdwatchers look for songbirds, white pelicans, herons, and western grebes. Fishing aNd paddling the lake is also popular. Monson Lake State Park is located just west of Sunburg, MN

Moose Lake State Park is great for outdoor family recreation with fields, woods, grassy areas, ponds, fishing lakes and sandy beaches. Be sure to stop in the Agate and Geological Interpretive Center that showcases Minnesota's gemstone, the Lake Superior Agate. Interpretive displays focus on rocks, minerals and geology of Minnesota. Moose Lake State Park is located at Moose Lake, Minnesota.

Myre - Big Island State Park consists of 1,578 acres and is known for its birdwatching. One particularly notable species is the white pelicans which congregate on Albert Lea Lake. Myre - Big Island State Park protects eight miles of shoreline on Albert Lea Lake. Big Island, a 117-acre island attached to the mainland by a causeway. Big Island was protected from the wildfires that suppressed tree growth in the savannas and prairie of southern Minnesota, bears an old growth hardwood forest. It comprises maple, basswood, elm, green ash, ironwood, and red oak, with willows along the lakeshore. Myre-Big Island State Park is located just outside the city of Albert Lea, MN.

Mystery Cave State Park contains the village of Forestville which has been restored to a nineteenth century appearance. Below ground the park contains Mystery Cave, The cave includes stalactites, stalagmites underground pools, and is the longest cave in the state which is open to the public. There are numerous hiking, horseback, and cross-country skiing trails. The park is also noted for its cold water streams and excellent trout fishing. There have also been at least 175 species of birds recorded in the park. Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park is located approximately 6 miles south of Wykoff, MN

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park is a 2,882-acre Minnesota state park northeast of Faribault , near the small town of Nerstrand. The park derives its name from the Big Woods, Aside from a small waterfall, the outstanding natural feature of the park is the forest itself. Nerstrand Big Woods State Park has an extensive network of hiking trails.

Old Mill State Park, The Middle River meanders through the park. Old Mill State Park consists of a log cabin and a steam-powered flour mill. Old Mill State Park is located near Argyle, MN

Rice Lake State Park is a 1,071-acre state park just east of Owatonna, MN. Rice Lake State Park is a major wetland. The shallow waters and marshy edges of Rice Lake attract many waterfowl during migrations. The lake covers 750 acres with an average depth of 3 feet.

St. Croix State Park has 34,000 acres and two great rivers: the Saint Croix River, a National Scenic Riverway, and the Kettle River, a State Wild and Scenic River. St. Croix State Park has miles of trails for hikers, horseback riders, bicyclists, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers. St. Croix State Park is located 15 miles east of Hinckley, MN

Sakatah Lake State Park is a 842 acre Minnesota state park on a natural widening of the Cannon River near the town of Waterville, MN. The Dakota native to the area called it "Sakatah" which means "singing hills". The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, which connects Faribault and Mankato, runs through this park. The Wahpekute band of Dakota Sioux traditionally inhabited this area, using the Cannon River as an important transportation route. Some of their burial mounds remain in the park.

Savanna Portage State Park preserves the historic Savanna Portage, a difficult six-mile trail connecting the watersheds of the Mississippi River and Lake Superior. Savanna Portage was a canoe portage used by Native Americans for centuries before being used by European explorers, fur traders, and missionaries of the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a vital link connecting the Mississippi waterways to the west with the Great Lakes to the east. Savanna Portage State Park consists of 15,818 acres of hills, lakes, and bogs .Activities include hiking, snowshoeing, and ski touring on the old portage and other trails, mountain biking, snowmobiling, as well as fishing, canoeing, and boating on Loon Lake. Savanna Portage State Park is located near McGregor, MN

Scenic State Park you can hike the Chase Point Trail for spectacular views of Coon and Sandwick Lakes. Scenic State Park is located 7 miles east of Bigfork, MN

Schoolcraft State Park has 295 acres, with white pines more than 300 years old. Canoeists and fisherman enjoy the gentle waters of the Mississippi River. Schoolcraft State Park is located near Calumet, Minnesota.

Sibley State Park consists of 2,936 acres and is where you can hike to Mount Tom, one of several high points in a 50-mile radius. Within Sibley State Park is Lake Andrew, Henschien Lake and Swan Lake. Sibley State Park is located in New London, Minnesota.

Soudan Underground Mine State Park, The mine is known as Minnesota's oldest, deepest, and richest iron mine, and now hosts the Soudan Underground Laboratory. The park is in Breitung Township, on the shore of Lake Vermilion, is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The surface buildings are open to the public, and during the summer months there are daily tours of the mine. Visitors are lowered in an electric mine hoist to the mine's lowest level at 2,341 feet below ground. Two tours are open to the public: one that explores the historic mining facilities, and another that focuses on the currently active underground physics laboratory. Soudan Underground Mine State Park is located in Soudan, Minnesota.

Split Rock Creek State Park you can boat the waters of Split Rock Lake, the largest body of water in Pipestone County. Split Rock Creek State Park is a Minnesota state park located in Ihlen, Minnesota, or just south of Pipestone National Monument in Minnesota

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on the north shore of Lake Superior. It is best known for the picturesque Split Rock Lighthouse, which was built by the United States Lighthouse Service in 1910. The lighthouse and some adjacent buildings have been restored and the Minnesota Historical Society operates them as a museum. The park also offers scenic hiking, cross-country skiing, and bike trails. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is located about 20 miles northeast of Two Harbors, MN.

Temperance River State Park has a trail that winds along the edge of the Temperance River gorge. Hike the trail to Hidden Falls or connect up with trails into the Superior National Forest and the Cross River Wayside. Carlton Peak, a recent addition to the park, is popular with rock climbers. Temperance River State Park is located north of the town of Schroeder, MN

Tettegouche State Park is a rockclimbing and hiker's paradise with miles of trails that overlook the Sawtooth Mountains and wind down to two inland lakes accessible only by foot. Tettegouche State Park has a cascading 60 ft. High Falls of the Baptism River. Tettegouche State Park is located 4 1/2 miles northeast of Silver Bay, MN

Whitewater State Park a 2,700 acre park, is a fisherman's paradise with brown, brook, and rainbow trout. Whitewater State Park is located 3 miles south of Elba, MN

Wild River State Park is located along 18 miles of the St. Croix River, with a 35-mile trail system.

William O'Brien State Park along the banks of the St. Croix River is great for fishing walleye, bass and trout, and there are numerous hiking trails. William O'Brien State Park is located 12 miles north of Stillwater, MN

Zippel Bay State Park has miles of white sand beach. The park is located on the shores of Lake of the Woods, one of the world's largest lakes.

 

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