Glossary

Additional amenities may be available at some locations, but as a general guideline, when we use these terms this is what you can expect:

 

A

Recreation icon: Accessible

Accessible

 

Designed to accommodate mobility impairments. May or may not meet formal ADA guidelines.

Recreation icon: All-terrain vehicles

All-terrain vehicles (ATV)

 

Unpaved trails where ATVs are allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.

Recreation icon: Amphitheater

Amphitheater

 

Outdoor terraced seating around a stage area.

Recreation icon: Athletic field

Athletic field

 

Polo, soccer, or other groomed field.

 

B

Recreation icon: Bicycling

Bicycling

 

Paved trails where biking is allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.

Recreation icon: Boat ramp

Boat ramp

 

A public water access designed to accommodate boat trailers and motorboats, with parking nearby. Swimming and fishing are not allowed at boat ramps.

 

C

Recreation icon: Cabin

Cabin

 

Fully furnished. Some have indoor plumbing and fireplaces; most have either a full kitchen or a kitchenette. Some are seasonal, others year-round. Cabins range from quite modern to nearly a century old.

Recreation icon: Camper cabin

Camper cabin

 

Rustic, one-room cabins that sleep up to six people. Bunk beds and mattresses are provided; bring your own bedding. Some are accessible, and many have heat and electricity.

Recreation icon: Campground

Campground (vehicle or tent)

 

Will have a fire ring, picnic table, access to toilet facilities, and a clearing for a tent.

Recreation icon: Canoe/kayak access

Canoe/kayak access (sometimes also called carry-in access)

 

Public water access for smaller boats, with parking nearby. Not generally large enough for boat trailers or motorboats. Swimming and fishing are not allowed.

Recreation icon: Council ring

Council ring

 

Large firepit encircled by benches.

Recreation icon: County park

County park

 

D

Recreation icon: Dam

Dam

Recreation icon: DNR office

DNR office

 

Staffed office. May be an area office, visitor center, park office, or other.

Recreation icon: Dock

Dock

 

A place for boats to moor, but not to launch. Tourboats may board here.

Recreation icon: Dogsledding

Dogsledding

 

Groomed trail for dogsledding. Skijoring may or may not be permitted.

Recreation icon: Drinking water

Drinking water

 

Pump or water fountain.

Recreation icon: Dumpster

Dumpster

 

Established trash area. May also include recycling.

 

E

Recreation icon: Equestrian campground

Equestrian campground

 

Special camping area where people can camp with their horses. Each site will have a fire ring, picnic table, clearing for tent, hitching rails, manure bin, water, trailer parking, and access to toilet facilities. Some have optional electric hook-ups.

Recreation icon: Equestrian rest area

Equestrian rest area

 

Riding trail pulloff area with hitching rails. Generally includes toilet facilities, water, and seating.

 

F

Recreation icon: Fireplace or wood stove

Fireplace/woodstove

 

Indoor, wood-burning.

Recreation icon: Fire tower

Fire tower

 

Currently in use for fire spotting, not open to the public.

Recreation icon: Fish cleaning shelter

Fish cleaning shelter

 

Dedicated building for cleaning fish. Will have tables, sinks, and trash cans.

Recreation icon: Fish hatchery

Fish hatchery

 

DNR office for fish management.

Recreation icon: Fishing pier

Fishing pier

 

Generally near parking, with a hard surface path from the parking area. Many are accessible.

Recreation icon: Forestry nursery

Forestry nursery

 

DNR office for forestry management.

 

G

Recreation icon: Gas

Gas

 

Fuel available for sale. May include propane.

Recreation icon: Gas stove

Gas stove

 

Indoor, gas or propane-burning.

Recreation icon: Gate

Gate

 

Gates are set up and closed to signify unsafe or unusable trails. Do not go into a gated area.

Recreation icon: Geologic marker

Geologic marker

 

Area of geologic significance. Generally includes some sort of signage or self-guided interpretation.

Recreation icon: Gift shop

Gift shop

Recreation icon: Golf course

Golf course

 

Maintained golf course, open to public players for a fee.

Recreation icon: Grocery store

Grocery store

 

Basic food items available.

Recreation icon: Group center

Group center

 

Designed to accommodate large groups of 60-120 people. Some have sleeping facilities, others do not. All will have a dining room, kitchen, and bathrooms.

Recreation icon: Guesthouse

Guesthouse

 

Generally, a guesthouse is the same as a cabin except that it was once an occupied residence. Guesthouses are fully furnished, and range from quite modern to nearly a century old. Some have indoor plumbing and fireplaces; most have either a full kitchen or a kitchenette. Some are seasonal, others year-round.

 

H

Recreation icon: Hike-in campground

Hike-in campground

 

No drive-up access. Parking a half mile or more away. Will have a fire ring, picnic table, clearing for tent, primitive toilet facilities.

Recreation icon: Hiking

Hiking

 

Unpaved trail for hiking. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.

Recreation icon: Historic site

Historic site

 

Designated historic area. Generally includes some sort of signage or self-guided interpretation.

Recreation icon: Horseback riding

Horseback riding

 

Unpaved trail where horses are allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.

Recreation icon: Hospital

Hospital or First Aid station

Recreation icon: Hostel

Hostel

 

Privately operated lodging at Itasca State Park.

 

I

Recreation icon: Information kiosk

Information kiosk

 

Self-service information.

Recreation icon: Interpretive center

Interpretive center

 

Self-guided information and interpretation. Unstaffed.

 

J

 

K

 

L

Recreation icon: Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Recreation icon: Lodge

Lodge

 

Full kitchen and full bathroom. Larger than a cabin.

Recreation icon: Lodging

Lodging

 

Some sort of indoor sleeping quarters. Lodging in state parks generally refers to camper cabins, cabins, guesthouses, and lodges. Other lodging occasionally includes privately owned facilities as well, most often when used to indicate lodging along a trail rather than within a state park.

 

M

Recreation icon: Marina

Marina

 

Slips or safe refuge available to public boaters for a fee.

Recreation icon: Mountain biking

Mountain biking

 

Managed, unpaved trails where mountain biking is allowed. It may or may not be a dedicated mountain biking singletrack trail; some mountain biking trails may have other types of activities along the trail.

 

N

Recreation icon: Nature programs

Nature programs

 

Naturalist-led programs. Most are family friendly and suitable for people of all ages.

 

O

Recreation icon: Observation tower

Observation Tower

 

Fire tower or other tall structure that may be open to the public.

Recreation icon: Off highway motorcycles

Off-highway motorcycles (OHM)

 

Unpaved trails where off-highway motorcycles are allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.

Recreation icon: Off-road vehicles

Off-road vehicles (ORV)

 

Unpaved trails where off-road vehicles are allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.

Recreation icon: Outfitter

Outfitter

 

Privately owned service for water recreation outfitting. May provide rentals, transportation, or other services.

Recreation icon: Overlook

Overlook

 

Area for viewing outstanding scenery.

 

P

Recreation icon: Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding

 

Stand-up paddleboard rentals available.

Recreation icon: Parking

Parking

Recreation icon: Pay phone

Pay phone

Recreation icon: Picnic area

Picnic area

 

Will have picnic tables and nearby parking. Some have toilet facilities.

Recreation icon: Picnic shelter

Picnic shelter

 

Open-sided shelter with roof and picnic tables.

Recreation icon: Point of interest

Point of interest

 

Historic, geologic, or other point of interest. Generally includes some sort of signage or self-guided interpretation.

Recreation icon: Playground

Playground

Recreation icon: Primitive group camp

Primitive group camp

 

Designed for groups that want to set up multiple tents in close proximity to one another. No drive-up access, parking is a half mile or more away. Will have fire rings, picnic tables, tent clearings, water, and primitive toilet facilities.

Recreation icon: Primitive toilet

Primitive toilet

 

Non-flushing toilet with toilet paper. No running water.

 

Q

 

R

Recreation icon: Recycling station

Recycling station

Recreation icon: Rentals

Rentals

 

May include canoes, kayaks, motors, boats, snowshoes, skis, or other.

Recreation icon: Resort

Resort

Recreation icon: Restaurant

Restaurant

 

Sit-down dining.

Recreation icon: Restrooms

Restrooms

 

Flush toilets and running water. May be seasonal only.

Recreation icon: Restroom shower building

Restroom shower building

 

Flush toilets and running water, with one or more shower stall. May be seasonal only.

Recreation icon: Rock climbing

Rock climbing

 

Self-guided or organized outdoor rock climbing.

Recreation icon: RV campground

RV campground

 

RV camping only. Electrical and water hookups, access to toilet facilities.

Recreation icon: RV sanitation station

RV sanitation station

 

Dump and fill.

 

S

Recreation icon: Scientific and Natural Area

Scientific and Natural Area (SNA)

 

DNR designated areas for scientific and natural preservation.

Recreation icon: Sea kayaking

Sea kayaking

 

Open water kayaking, not suited to river kayaks.

Recreation icon: Shelter

Shelter

 

Open air shelter with roof.

Recreation icon: Campsite shelter

Shelter/campsite

 

Designed for tents; an open-sided shelter with a roof.

Recreation icon: Shooting range

Shooting range

 

Fee-based outdoor shooting range.

Recreation icon: Shore fishing

Shore fishing

 

Beach or other cleared area designed for shore fishing.

Recreation icon: Shower

Shower

 

One or more shower stall. No toilets.

Recreation icon: Single campsite

Single campsite

 

More privacy than other campsites. Will have a fire ring, picnic table, access to toilet facilities, and a clearing for tent.

Recreation icon: Skiing

Skiing

 

Groomed trails dedicated to either cross-country or skate skiing. Walking, snowshoeing and other activities are not allowed on groomed ski trails.

Recreation icon: Skijoring

Skijoring

 

Groomed ski area where skijoring is allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail. Skijorers must stay off groomed cross-country ski trails.

Recreation icon: Sledding hill

Sledding hill

Recreation icon: Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

 

Groomed trails where snowmobiling is allowed. There may also be other types of activities along the trail.

Recreation icon: Snack bar

Snack bar

 

"Grab and go" food.

Recreation icon: Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

 

Trails groomed for snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is also allowed anywhere except on groomed cross-country ski trails.

Recreation icon: Spelunking

Spelunking

 

Self-guided or organized cave tours.

Recreation icon: Storm shelter

Storm shelter

 

Designated area in which to shelter during severe weather.

Recreation icon: Swimming

Swimming

 

Managed area for public swimming.

 

T

Recreation icon: Tipi

Tipi

 

Heavy canvas structure on a permanent wooden platform. Not furnished, no electricity. Picnic table and fire ring outside; no cooking of open flames inside a tipi.

Recreation icon: Tour boat

Tour boat

 

Fee-based guided tours.

Recreation icon: Trail center

Trail center

 

Visitor center with a specific trail purpose like horse riding or skiing. May have rentals.

 

U

 

V

Recreation icon: Visitor center

Visitor center

 

Self-guided information and interpretation. Staff available. Indoor bathroom with flush toilets.

Recreation icon: Volleyball court

Volleyball court

 

W

Recreation icon: Walk-in campground

Walk-in campground

 

No drive-up access. Parking within one half mile. Will have a fire ring, picnic table, clearing for tent, primitive toilet facilities.

Wall tent

 

10 x 12 foot unfurnished canvas tent on a low wooden platform with a ramp for accessibility. Drive-up access. Modern restrooms nearby.

Recreation icon: Watercraft campsite

Watercraft campsite

 

Minimally maintained campsite accessible from the water. Will have a fire ring, primitive toilet facilities, and clearings for tent and watercraft.

Recreation icon: Waterfall

Waterfall

Recreation icon: Wayside

Wayside

 

Will have a parking area and picnic table. Some have toilet facilities.

Recreation icon: Wildlife management area

Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

 

DNR designated areas for wildlife management.

Recreation icon: Wildlife production area

Wildlife/waterfowl production area

 

Protected nesting or other habitat area.

Recreation icon: Winter camping

Winter camping

 

No running water or electricity. Site and trail access will be plowed or shoveled, and there will be a picnic table and fire ring.

 

X

 

Y

Recreation icon: Yurt

Yurt

 

An insulated round canvas tent set on a wooden platform, generally available year-round. Each yurt has windows, a domed roof, wood floor, bunk beds, a table and chairs or stools, and a wood-burning stove. No drive-up access.

 

Z