Minnesota State Parks Guide
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Here are the details, descriptions and tips about all Minnesota state parks and a link to our own Minnesota State Parks guidebook.

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There are 78 Minnesota State Parks and State Recreation Areas. 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.

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One of our first purchases every spring is a Minnesota 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.

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List of State Parks in Minnesota

Afton State Park
Banning State Park
Bear Head Lake State Park
Beaver Creek Valley State Park
Big Bog State Park
Big Stone Lake State Park
Blue Mounds State Park
Buffalo River State Park
Camden State Park
Carley State Park
Cascade River State Park
Charles A. Lindbergh State Park
Crow Wing State Park
Cuyuna Country State Park
Father Hennepin State Park
Flandrau State Park
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
Fort Ridgely State Park
Fort Snelling State Park
Franz Jevne State Park
Frontenac State Park
George Crosby Manitou State Park
Glacial Lakes State Park
Glendalough State Park
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Grand Portage State Park
Great River Bluffs State Park
Hayes Lake State Park
Hill Annex Mine State Park
Interstate State Park
Itasca State Park
Jay Cooke State Park
John A Latsch State Park
Judge C R Magney State Park
Kilen Woods State Park
Lac qui Parle State Park
Lake Bemidji State Park

Lake Bronson State Park
Lake Carlos State Park
Lake Louise State Park
Lake Maria State Park
Lake Shetek State Park
Lake Vermilion State Park
La Salle Lake State Park
Maplewood State Park
McCarthy Beach State Park
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
Minneopa State Park
Minnesota Valley State Park
Monson Lake State Park
Moose Lake State Park
Myre Big Island State Park
Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park
Old Mill State Park
Red River State Park
Rice Lake State Park
Saint Croix State Park
Sakatah Lake State Park
Savanna Portage State Park
Scenic State Park
Schoolcraft State Park
Sibley State Park
Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Split Rock Creek State Park
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Temperance River State Park
Tettegouche State Park
Upper Sioux Agency State Park
Whitewater State Park
Wild River State Park
William O'Brien State Park
Zippel Bay State Park


Minnesota Vacation Rentals are located in all regions of the state. Reserve your "home away from home" then visit several state parks in your favorite vacation destination.

Minnesota State Parks LaSalle

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.

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Some of Our Favorite State Parks

The state park campgrounds along the north shore of Lake Superior offer spectacular scenery. 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

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."


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.

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.

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

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As you visit our state parks, you will discover:

  • Old growth forests of ancient pine and oak
  • Pristine lakes
  • Cold, clear waterfalls crashing into Lake Superior
  • Tall grass prairies
  • Mississippi bluff country
  • The "big woods" of southeastern Minnesota

Watch and listen as Ranger Paul shares
his favorite State Park campgrounds

Camping and other Minnesota outdoor adventures and activities also aboung in:

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.


Related Pages:

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Campgrounds in Minnesota

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Minnesota RV Campgrounds

Minnesota Campground Directory

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