Choose your favorite Minnesota State Parks and recreation areas and visit them often. We offer our own Minnesota State Parks ebook for you to take along on your travels.
You can visit parks in all seven unique regions of Minnesota.
These beautiful parks offer some of the most stunning scenery,and best camping and recreation, anywhere in the world.
One of our first purchases every spring is a State Parks sticker for our windshield.
There is no better bargain for fun and adventure in the great Minnesota outdoors.
We raised five children and, even when they were babies, we took them camping. Though we do have some family favorites, we have enjoyed state parks from north to south in Minnesota.
This photo of our youngest son and his best friend is a reminder of the joy we find in these lovely places.
The state park campgrounds along the north shore of Lake Superior offer spectacular scenery. Gooseberry Falls State Park and the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse State Park draw thousands of visitors each year.
Grand Portage State Park is on the Minnesota/Canada border. If offers the easiest hike to the most spectacular view anywhere in the state.
Some of the most memorable times we have had with family and friends have been camping, hiking and exploring our state parks. We camped many times in Temperance River State Park and Tettegouche State Park. We love to score a tent spot as close to the shore as possible. We climb all over the rocky shoreline during the day, fish in the rivers that spill into the lake, make a bonfire on the beach at dusk and fall asleep in our tent to the sound of the waves. Heaven!
Our favorite, "farthest north" state park is Zippel Bay State Park on the shore of Lake of the Woods. The campground is never crowded and offers a fishing pier where we can catch walleyes to cook over our campfire.
The oldest, and most well known of our State Parks is Itasca State Park. Our family has close connections to this beautiful area and we continue to make new memories here every year.
This park is also one of the few places left to see stands of old growth forest represented by our magnificent Minnesota State Tree.
Tenting is not for everyone. Minnesota RV campgrounds offer an alternative way to enjoy the state parks of Minnesota in the comfort of your "home on wheels."
Minnesota State Parks are perfect winter recreation destinations.
You will find groomed cross-country and showshoeing trails.
Many state parks have snowmobiling trails as well.
Check the links above to each state park and you will find those that offer warming houses, sliding hills and more.
Hiking and exploring state parks in winter offers a completely different experience...one you will love!
When our five children were young, we camped with a large, family-size tent. For a while we had a pop-up camper that we pulled all over the state...and sometimes to other states.
With the kids grown and gone, we now have an RV that gives us a few comforts yet still gets us out into our beloved state parks.
This photo was taken at LaSalle State Park and Recreation Area on a memorable camping trip with our son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
The 78 parks and recreation areas that make up our state park system each have their own unique character and beauty given their location. The challenge, even to life-long residents, is to explore as many of our beautiful parks as possible. So many parks; so little time! The other difficult decision is whether to visit a park that is new to us or to revisit a place that already holds wonderful memories.
There are several very helpful guidebooks to Minnesota State Parks available on Amazon.com. We have recently published our own guidebook that is now available for Kindle: Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay
The Minnesota State Flower can be found in several Minnesota State Parks. It is illegal to pick or replant the state flower.
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