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Minnesota DNR announces free park days for 2023

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will allow free entrance to state parks and recreation areas on four days this year.

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Sibley State Park in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, is seen here in 2009. Tom Weber / MPR News

MOORHEAD โ€” The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle fees at all 75 parks and recreation areas on four dates in 2023.

The free park days will be Saturday, April 22; Saturday, June 10; Saturday, Sept. 9; and Friday, Nov. 24, according to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources .

"Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are open year-round, and there's plenty of fun to be had in the outdoors in every season. We hope offering a series of free entrance days will encourage Minnesotans to visit these special places to spend time enjoying the outstanding natural resources our state has to offer and recharge from the stresses of everyday life," said DNR Parks and Trails Division director Ann Pierce in the press release.

In addition to activities like hiking, camping, swimming, skiing and birding, other programs are also available. Programs are free, but some require registration in advance.

The entrance fee waivers on Free Park Days do not cover activities like camping, rentals or tours.

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