All Minnesota state parks and state trails remain open to the public during the COVID-19 crisis even though state park buildings are mostly closed and organized park activities are canceled.

“We recognize the importance of nature in helping to relieve stress during this time and are committed to providing a safe environment for our visitors to enjoy, while ensuring we protect the health of our staff and Minnesota’s communities,” the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said in a statement Monday.

Here's the scoop:

  • State parks and recreation areas will be 100% self-pay with no staff available to take payments or write permits. All Minnesota state parks and recreation areas have the ability to collect permit fees and provide visitor information (maps, park rules, brochures) through self-pay and information kiosks located near state park entrances.

  • Visitors can purchase a day or annual permit beforehand through the reservation website, mndnr.gov/reservations. Camping and lodging reservations should be made online through the reservation website or through the reservation call center at 866-857-2757.

  • All state park offices, visitor centers and non-essential buildings are closed until further notice. Restrooms and group centers will remain open where possible.

  • Camping reservations should be made and paid for online or over the phone using the reservations system.

  • All restrooms, shower buildings and vault toilets that are open will remain open to the public, and staff will reopen currently closed vault toilets where feasible. Staff will ensure cleaning protocols meet best practices established to address COVID-19 concerns. Restrooms and shower buildings that are currently closed will remain closed to the public until further notice.

  • Group centers that are currently open to the public will remain open, with social distancing measures implemented. Currently closed group centers will remain closed until further notice.

  • All naturalist programming and events are canceled until further notice, including visitor center programs, outdoor events and school group activities.

  • For more information, go to mndnr.gov/covid-19 or contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157.

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