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DNR release: Visit state parks for free on June 14

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will waive the requirement for a vehicle permit ($5 for one day or $25 year-round) and provide free admission at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Saturday, June 14 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day.

The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is to introduce first-time visitors, especially families with young children, to the fun of outdoor recreation at state parks, state trails, fishing piers and other public lands.

Free programs – Special programs taking place statewide include fly-fishing workshops at Camden State Park, archery at Afton State Park, a bird hike at Tettegouche State Park and naturalist-led pontoon tours on Lake Bemidji at Lake Bemidji State Park.

See the complete list, with times and locations, at (

Free loaner equipment

Most parks allow visitors to check out GPS units, binoculars, fishing gear and kids discovery kits (featuring activities, stories and tips to help ensure a child’s park visit will be fun and memorable).

For more information on where to find the free stuff, not just on National Get Outdoors Day but every day, visit

Trip planning resources

Looking for somewhere to bike, hike, paddle, check out waterfalls, swim, fish, geocache or participate in naturalist-led nature programs? Narrow down the options by browsing the Summer Guide ( or using the DNR’s new ParkFinder ( to find the destination with the best combination of activities and amenities for your family’s particular needs and interests.

Information is also available by contacting the DNR Information Center at or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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