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Parks & Monuments

Minnesota State Parks

Open year-round, Minnesota State Parks and recreation areas showcase the diverse and abundant natural resources of the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” State parks offer a variety of educational and recreational programs, and activities such as camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, birdwatching, canoeing, kayaking, biking, and cross-country skiing.

For a complete list and maps, visit the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) park finder.


Afton (Metro) Hastings

Banning (NE) Sandstone

Bear Head Lake (NE) Ely

Beaver Creek Valley (S) Caledonia

Big Bog State Recreation Area (NW) Waskish

Big Stone Lake (S) Ortonville

Blue Mounds (S) Luverne

Buffalo River (NW) Glyndon

Camden (S) Lynd

Carley (S) Altura

Cascade River (NE) Lutsen

Charles A. Lindbergh (NW) Little Falls

Crow Wing (NW) Brainerd

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (NW) Ironton

Father Hennepin (NE) Isle

Flandrau (S) New Ulm

Forestville/Mystery Cave (S)  Preston

Fort Ridgely (S) Fairfax

Fort Snelling (Metro) St. Paul

Franz Jevne (NE) Birchdale

Frontenac (S) Frontenac

Garden Island State Recreation Area (NW) Williams

George H. Crosby Manitou (NE) Silver Bay

Glacial Lakes (NW) Starbuck

Glendalough (NW) Battle Lake

Gooseberry Falls (NE) Two Harbors

Grand Portage (NE) Grand Portage

Great River Bluffs (S) Winona

Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area (S) Hutchinson

Hayes Lake (NW) Roseau

Hill Annex Mine (NE) Big Fork

Interstate (Metro) Taylors Falls

Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area (NE) Gilbert

Itasca (NW)Park Rapids

Jay Cooke (NE) Carlton

John A. Latsch (S) Winona

Judge C.R. Magney (NE) Grand Marais

Kilen Woods (S) Lakefield

La Salle Lake State Recreation Area (NW) Park Rapids

Lac qui Parle (S) Watson

Lake Bemidji (NW) Bemidji

Lake Bronson (NW) Lake Bronson

Lake Carlos (NW) Carlos

Lake Louise (S) Preston

Lake Maria (Metro) Monticello

Lake Shetek (S) Currie

Lake Vermillion (NE)  Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Maplewood (NW) Pelican Rapids

McCarthy Beach (NE) Side Lake

Mille Lacs Kathio (NW) Onamia

Minneopa (S) Mankato

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area (Metro) Jordan

Monson Lake (NE)Sunburg

Moose Lake (NE) Moose Lake

Myre-Big Island (S) Albert Lea

Nerstrand Big Woods (S) Nerstrand

Old Mill (NW) Argyle

Red River State Recreation Area (NW) East Grand Forks

Rice Lake (S) Owatonna

St. Croix Islands State Recreation Area (Metro) Marine on St. Croix

St. Croix (NE) Hinckley

Sakatah Lake (S) Waterville

Savanna Portage (NE) McGregor

Scenic (NE) Bigfork

Schoolcraft (N) Deer River

Sibley (S) New London

Soudan Underground Mine (NE) Soudan

Split Rock Creek (S) Jasper

Split Rock Lighthouse (NE) Two Harbors

Temperance River (NE) Schroeder

Tettegouche (NE) Silver Bay

Upper Sioux Agency (S) Granite Falls

Whitewater (S) Altura

Wild River (Metro) Center City

William O’Brien (Metro) Marine on St. Croix

Zippel Bay (NW) Williams

Interstate Park at Taylors Falls. Photo courtesy of Nathan Staebow.

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