All Minnesota state parks are free to visit Friday

Fall colors
Golden-hued tamarack trees put on a show in northern Minnesota long after the maples have lost their colorful leaves each fall. This view is from Oct. 23, 2018, at Moose Lake State Park near Moose Lake, Minn.
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On Nov. 25, all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are offering free entry for the last time of 2022. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website, there are state parks or recreation areas within 30 miles of most Minnesotans.

Vehicle permits are usually required to enter state parks, except on free park day, and if you choose to stay overnight that also applies for all state parks on Friday. 

The DNR suggest to those planning on attending free park day to use ParkFinder | Minnesota DNR ( so you are able to look ahead for specific amenities or other parks in your area in case your first choice gets filled before you get there. 

Although the entrance fee is waived that does not cover amenity or user fees for activities like rentals, camping or special tours.

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