Minnesota State Parks and Trails
Plans and administration
Our vision is to create unforgettable park, trail, and water recreation experiences that inspire people to pass along the love for the outdoors to current and future generations.
The division develops, administers and manages:
- 25 multi-use state trails, 21 of which are developed.
- 75 state parks and recreation areas, 8 waysides, and 56 state forest campgrounds and day use areas.
- Over 1,500 public water accesses.
- 355 fishing piers and shorefishing sites.
- 33 water trails with over 4,500 miles of paddling opportunities.
In addition to natural resources restoration and management, the division administers grants-in-aid to local units of government who partner with local volunteer clubs to maintain snowmobile, off-highway vehicle, and cross-country ski trails. It is also responsible for Lake Superior Safe Harbors, and stewardship programs for the state's lakes, rivers and trails. Learn more about the division with Parks and Trails 101.