My Adventures at Minnesota's State Parks

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Afton
Banning
Bear Head Lake
Beaver Creek Valley
Big Bog SRA
Big Stone Lake
Blue Mounds
Buffalo River
Camden
Carley
Cascade River
Charles A. Lindbergh
Crow Wing
Cuyuna Country SRA
Father Hennepin
Flandrau
Forestville/Mystery Cave
Fort Ridgely
Frontenac
Franz Jevne
George Crosby-Manitou
Glacial Lakes
Glendalough
Gooseberry Falls
Grand Portage
Great River Bluffs
Hayes Lake
Interstate
Itasca
Jay Cooke
John Latsch
Judge Magney
Kilen Woods
Lac Qui Parle
Lake Bemidji
Lake Bronson
Lake Carlos
Lake Louise
Lake Maria
Lake Shetek
Maplewood
McCarthy Beach
Mille Lacs-Kathio
Minneopa
Monson Lake
Moose Lake
Myre-Big Island
Nerstrand-Big Woods
Old Mill
Red River SRA
Rice Lake
St. Croix
Sakatah Lake
Savanna Portage
Scenic
Schoolcraft
Sibley
Split Rock Creek
Split Rock Lighthouse
Temperance River
Tettegouche
Upper Sioux Agency
Whitewater
Wild River
Zippel Bay
Pipestone National Monument
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Below is a list of parks with various activities and/or features.  I try to keep things current, but obviously things can always change.  Want to see a list of something I've missed?  Please send a comment! 

Primitive camping only

  • Afton (no showers, backpack only)
  • Carley (no showers)
  • Franz Jevne (no showers)
  • George Crosby-Manitou (no showers, backpack only)
  • Glendalough (cart-in only)
  • Lake Maria (no showers, backpack only)
  • Schoolcraft (no showers)
  • Split Rock Lighthouse (cart-in/backpack only)

No camping

  • Fort Snelling
  • Garden Island SRA
  • Grand Portage
  • Hill Annex Mine
  • John Latsch
  • Minnesota Valley SRA (horse camp only)
  • Soudan Underground Mine

Horse Campgrounds

  • Camden
  • Forestville
  • Fort Ridgely
  • Glacial Lakes
  • Lake Carlos
  • Lake Louise
  • Maplewood
  • McCarthy Beach (available adjacent to park)
  • Mille Lacs-Kathio
  • Minnesota Valley SRA
  • St. Croix
  • Sibley
  • Upper Sioux Agency
  • Wild  River

Cabins (electricity/heat & seasonal availability vary)

  • Afton
  • Banning
  • Bear Head Lake
  • Beaver Creek Valley
  • Big Bog
  • Crow Wing
  • Flandrau
  • Glacial Lakes
  • Glendalough
  • Hayes Lake
  • Jay Cooke
  • Lake Carlos
  • Lake Maria
  • Lac Qui Parle
  • Lake Bemidji
  • Lake Shetek
  • La Salle Lake
  • Maplewood
  • Mille Lacs-Kathio
  • Minneopa
  • Myre-Big Island
  • Sakatah Lake
  • Savanna Portage
  • Sibley
  • Whitewater
  • Wild River
  • William O'Brien

Rock Climbing

  • Blue Mounds
  • Interstate
  • Temperance River
  • Tettegouche

Fire Towers

  • Big Bog SRA
  • Itasca
  • Mille Lacs-Kathio
  • St. Croix
  • Whitewater (at Elba)

Waterfalls

  • Banning
  • Cascade River
  • George Crosby-Manitou
  • Gooseberry Falls
  • Grand Portage
  • Judge Magney
  • Minneopa
  • Nerstrand
  • Temperance River
  • Tettegouche

Paved Biking

  • Afton (4 miles)
  • Banning (connection to Willard Munger)
  • Blue Mounds (6 miles from Luverne into park)
  • Camden (trail from Lynd to park)
  • Cayuna Country (6 miles)
  • Fort Ridgely (7.5 miles from Fairfax to park, 0.5 mi in park)
  • Fort Snelling (5 miles, connections to metro area trail system)
  • Glacial Lakes (5 miles from Starbuck to park)
  • Gooseberry Falls (connection to Gitchi Gami)
  • Hill Annex Mine (access to Mesabi Trail)
  • Itasca (6 miles private trail, rest shared with automobiles)
  • Jay Cooke (trail from Carlton into park)
  • Lake Bemidji (5 miles in park, connection to Paul Bunyan)
  • Lake Bronson (2 miles)
  • Lake Louise (connection to Shooting Star)
  • Lake Shetek (6 miles in park, connection to Casey Jones)
  • Minneopa (connection to Mankato trail system)
  • Minnesota Valley SRA (6 miles)
  • Myre-Big Island (6 miles, connection to Blazing Star)
  • Red River SRA (7 miles, connection to Grand Forks/EGF trail system)
  • Sakatah Lake (3 miles of Sakatah Singing Hills runs through park)
  • Sibley (2 miles)
  • St. Croix (5.5 miles)
  • Wild River (2.5 miles)
  • William O'Brien (1.5 miles)

       

Rentals**

         
Bike
Boat
Canoe
Cross Country Skis

Golf Equipment

Inner Tubes
Kayak
Motor
Paddleboat

Snowshoe

  • Itasca
  • Bear Head Lake
  • Crow Wing
  • Glacial Lakes
  • Glendalough
  • Itasca (including pontoons)
  • Lake Bemidji
  • Lake Bronson
  • Lake Maria
  • Lake Shetek
  • Maplewood
  • McCarthy Beach
  • Mille Lacs-Kathio
  • Moose Lake
  • Myre-Big Island
  • Savanna Portage
  • Scenic
  • Sibley
  • Split Rock Creek
  • Bear Head Lake
  • Big Bog
  • Big Stone Lake
  • Blue Mounds
  • Camden
  • Charles Lindbergh
  • Crow Wing
  • Fort Snelling
  • Glacial Lakes
  • Glendalough
  • Hayes Lake
  • Itasca
  • Lake Bemidji
  • Lake Bronson
  • Lake Maria
  • Lake Shetek
  • Maplewood
  • McCarthy Beach
  • Mille Lacs-Kathio
  • Moose Lake
  • Myre-Big Island
  • Rice Lake
  • St. Croix
  • Sakatah Lake
  • Savanna Portage
  • Scenic
  • Sibley
  • Split Rock Creek
  • Tettegouche
  • Upper Sioux Agency
  • Wild River
  • William O'Brien
  • Zippel Bay
  • Flandrau
  • Glendalough
  • Mille Lacs-Kathio
  • Wild River

  • Fort Ridgely

  • Fort Ridgely
  • Bear Head Lake
  • Big Bog
  • Blue Mounds
  • Camden
  • Glacial Lakes
  • Glendalough
  • Hayes Lake
  • Lake Bronson
  • Lake Maria
  • Lake Shetek
  • McCarthy Beach
  • Mille Lacs-Kathio
  • Moose Lake
  • Myre-Big Island
  • Savanna Portage
  • Scenic
  • Sibley
  • Split Rock Creek
  • Bear Head Lake
  • Glacial Lakes
  • Itasca
  • Lake Bronson
  • Savanna Portage
  • Split Rock Creek

  • Afton
  • Bear Head Lake
  • Big Stone Lake
  • Charles Lindbergh
  • Flandrau
  • Frontenac
  • Glacial Lakes
  • Glendalough
  • Grand Portage
  • Great River Bluffs
  • Itasca
  • Jay Cooke
  • Lake Bemidji
  • Lake Bronson
  • Lake Carlos
  • Lake Maria
  • Mille Lacs-Kathio
  • Myre-Big Island
  • Nerstrand-Big Woods
  • St. Croix
  • Sibley
  • Split Rock Lighthouse
  • Tettegouche
  • Upper Sioux Agency
  • Whitewater
  • Wild River

** Cayuna Country has bike, canoe, cross country ski, kayak & snowshoe rental available from store located one mile from park

** Interstate has canoe, kayak & shuttle service available from private vendor

** Many parks also have GPS units available for geocaching