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Minnesota state parks admission free on Saturday

Several parks are holding special, free activities.

Savana Portage State Park
Access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas, including Savanna Portage shown here, will be free Saturday. Camping and other fee activities are not included.
Clint Austin / 2021 file / Duluth News Tribune
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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering free admission to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas Saturday, June 11.

This “Free Park Day” is one of four held each year on which the DNR waives the requirement for a vehicle permit to enter state parks and recreation areas. The entrance fee waiver does not include activities like camping, rentals or tours.

“Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are open year-round to provide places for people to recharge from life’s everyday demands and be surrounded by the beauty of nature,” said Ann Pierce, director of the DNR Parks and Trails Division. “We hope that visitors who go to a state park or recreation area for the first time on Free Park Day will have fun and want to come back.”

The upcoming Free Park Day coincides with National Get Outdoors Day. More than 40 special programs are being offered in state parks and recreation areas throughout Minnesota. For a complete list of programs, with times and locations, visit the DNR’s events calendar at dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/events.html . All programs are free, but some require pre-registration.

For more information, email info.dnr@state.mn.us or call 888-646-6367 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

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