The best way to get to know the natural state of Minnesota is step by step. You can do that by becoming a member of Minnesota State Parks' Hiking Club.
The Hiking Club combines the best elements of an expedition, a classroom, and a treasure hunt. As a club member, you hike on selected trails which wind through Minnesota's most beautiful settings. Plus, you earn awards as you hike!
Earn a colorful patch after hiking 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 175 and all miles. Hike 100 miles and you'll also receive a coupon for a free night* of camping. Complete all the miles and your rewards will include a free night* of camping plus an engraved plaque. All you have to do is hike the trails marked with a "Hiking Club" sign, enter the park password in your book (the password is posted at the midpoint of the trail), and you're on your way.
A Hiking Club kit costs $14.95 and can be purchased at most state parks or by calling or stopping by the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, 1-888-646-6367. No doubt, you'll enjoy the rewards. But the Club's best rewards are the one you'll receive along the way: the unforgettable sights, the experiences, and the memories of hiking in Minnesota State Parks.
Do you love to travel and earn perks along the way? Answer "yes" to the question and you'll want to become a member of the Minnesota State Parks and Trails Passport Club. Join the Passport Club by getting your Passport Club kit ($14.95), and you’re ready to go!
As a Passport Club member, your goal is to visit Minnesota’s magnificent state parks from Afton State Park to Zippel Bay State Park. During your travels, you’ll see amazing scenery and discover something wonderful and new.
You'll be rewarded for your travels! When you visit 25 parks you'll receive a certificate for a free night* of camping and a pin. Complete your visits to all state parks and you'll be awarded a free night* of camping plus a customized Passport Club plaque.
A Passport Club kit may be purchased for $14.95 plus tax at most state parks or by calling or stopping by the DNR Information Center.
Getting Your Passport Stamped
Ask to have your Passport Club Passport stamped at the park office or use the stamp at the entrance station or kiosk. In the following cases, the stamp is available at a neighboring park.
- Garden Island State Recreation Area
The stamp is available at Zippel Bay State Park.
- Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area
The stamp is available at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Area Office, 20596 Highway 7, Hutchinson, MN 55350 (320-234-2550, Ext. 3 Parks and Trails). You’ll find the stamp in an information kiosk located in the parking area. Or you may also ask at the office.
- La Salle Lake State Recreation Area
The stamp is available at Itasca State Park.
- Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
- Ask at the office.
- St. Croix Islands State Recreation Area
The stamp is available at William O’Brien State Park.
Although we think it’s fun to visit them all, it is not necessary to visit the following recreation areas in order to complete the Passport Club and earn your award: (1) Garden Island State Recreation Area, accessible by boat in the summer; snowmobile in the winter; (2) Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area, which is still in development; (3) Iron Range Off-highway Vehicle State Recreation Area, which has trails designed specifically for off-highway vehicles; and (4) St. Croix Islands State Recreation Area, accessible only by boat.
*Free camping coupons cover the cost of campsite only. Fees for other amenities such as electricity or water and sewer hookups are extra.