Minnesota has over 260,000 acres of state parks. Campgrounds can be found at the following areas: Big Bog State Recreation Area, Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, Banning State Park, Father Hennepin State Park, Itasca State Park, Camden State Park, Whitewater State Park, Glacial Lakes State Park, and many others. Whether you want to experience Minnesota in the spring, summer, winter, or fall, there is a park in Minnesota to meet your recreation needs. Here is a list of popular Minnesota state parks:
Gooseberry Falls State Park - This state park is perfect for campers who love winter recreation. This park offers 2 miles of snowmobile trails, 12 miles of ski trails, and 4 miles of winter hiking trails. Snowmobile enthusiasts particularly love this park because it connects to the North Shore State Trail-which is 146 miles long. Campers can rent skis and snowshoes in the park.
Itasca State Park- This is the state's oldest state park. It contains an astounding number of lakes-100. Campers love this park and take advantage of various activities year round. Popular activities include riding ATV trails, golfing, fishing, snowmobiling, fishing, birding, biking, hiking, downhill skiing, canoeing, and more
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park - This Minnesota state park is a snow lover's paradise. The park has 20 miles of skiing trails, 19 miles of snowmobile trails, and 7 miles of snowshoe trails, though snowshoeing is allowed anywhere in the park. Sledding is also a favorite activity for campers. The park offers year round nature programs and a trail center.
Whitewater State Park- Campers say the best time to visit Whitewater State Park is in the spring. Besides the colorful spring flowers, the big draw this time of year is birding. Various species of birds migrate through the park and campers can see birds they may not see any other time of year, or at any other location. Visitors can watch the birds on their own, or take advantage of the birding by canoe program that is held in May. Another appealing reason to visit this park in the spring is it's a favorite site for harvesting morel mushrooms. Fishing is also a favorite for campers at Whitewater and anglers pull in brook, brown, and rainbow trout. Hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking are also favorite activities of campers at this Minnesota state park.
Wild River State Park- This Minnesota state park is a hot spot in the winter. This park over 35 miles of trails for skiing which are marked by beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels. The park also offers 1.5 miles of both packed hiking trails and snowshoe trails. Both cross country skis and snow shoes can be rented at the park. This park also offers year round nature programs and the park's lake is popular for water sports.