Fish for free in most Minn. state parks

Minnesota residents can fish without a fishing license in most Minnesota state parks, including ice fishing.

A Minnesota resident may fish in a state park without a fishing license when:

  1. the body of water does not require a trout stamp
  2. fishing from shore or wading in water within the state park
  3. fishing through the ice, from a boat or a float on a designated lake within a Minnesota state park

All park rules must be followed as usual, along with any rules and regulations relating to the taking of game and fish. You will still need a vehicle permit to enter a Minnesota state park.

Check out this map of all the state parks with free fishing opportunities, including some parks with free loaner equipment.

Please note: Fishing licenses are still required in city, county, regional and federal parks - as well all  Minnesota state recreation areas:

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  • Big Bog State Recreation Area
  • Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
  • Garden Island State Recreation Area
  • Greenleaf State Recreation Area
  • Iron Range OHV State Recreation Area
  • La Salle Lake State Recreation Area
  • Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area
  • Red River State Recreation Area
  • St. Croix Islands State Recreation Area

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