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List of Minnesota state parks

Map of State Parks of Minnesota
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There are 67 state parks, seven state recreation areas, eight state waysides, and 22 state trails in the Minnesota state park system, totaling approximately 267,000 acres (1,080 km2).[1][2] A Minnesota state park is an area of land in the U.S. state of Minnesota preserved by the state for its natural, historic, or other resources. Each was created by an act of the Minnesota Legislature and is maintained by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Minnesota Historical Society operates sites within some of them. The park system began in 1891 with Itasca State Park when a state law was adopted to "maintain intact, forever, a limited quantity of the domain of this commonwealth...in a state of nature."[3] Minnesota's state park system is the second oldest in the United States, after New York's.[4]:2

Minnesota's state parks are spread across the state in such a way that there is a state park within 50 miles (80 km) of every Minnesotan.[5] The most recent park created is Lake Vermilion State Park, created in 2010. Currently the Parks range in size from Franz Jevne State Park with 118 acres (48 ha) to Saint Croix State Park with 34,037 acres (13,774 ha). Two parks include resources listed as National Natural Landmarks (Big Bog State Recreation Area and Itasca State Park) and six parks encompass National Historic Landmarks (Charles A. Lindbergh, Fort Snelling, Mille Lacs Kathio, St. Croix, Soudan Underground Mine, and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks). 52 sites or districts across 34 Minnesota state parks are on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), including 22 parks with developments constructed by New Deal-era job creation programs in the 1930s.[6]

Contents

  • History 1
  • State parks and recreation areas 2
  • State waysides 3
  • State trails 4
  • Former parks 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9

History

Minnesota's first attempt to create a state park came in 1885, when a 173-acre (70 ha) park was authorized to preserve Minnehaha Falls. The effort was delayed by legal appeals from the various landowners of the desired parkland, and by the time those were settled in favor of the state in 1889, Minnesota no longer had the money to purchase the land. Instead the city of Minneapolis fronted the cash. Owned and operated by Minneapolis, Minnehaha State Park was ultimately absorbed as a city park.[4]:3

Minnesota tried again in 1891, authorizing a state park around Lake Itasca both for its recreational opportunities and to protect the source of the Mississippi River. Interstate Park on the St. Croix River was created in 1895. Other sites were added over the next two decades, but with an inconsistent vision. Modest tracts of scenic land were acquired in Minneopa and Jay Cooke State Parks, but much effort was also expended on creating historical monuments relating to the Dakota War of 1862 and the Great Hinckley Fire. Moreover, most of the sites were being administered by the state auditor, who had many other duties. Itasca State Park, meanwhile, was being administered as a state forest. In 1923, state auditor Ray P. Chase excoriated this situation, calling for wiser selection of park lands and a dedicated commissioner. Chase's comments had an impact, and two years later the Department of Conservation was created to manage the state's natural resources, including the state parks. Originally part of the forestry division, the state parks received their own division in 1935 to take advantage of federal programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).[4]:82 In 1971, the department became the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.[7]

The state parks were closed for almost three weeks in July 2011 due to a shutdown of the state government.

State parks and recreation areas

Park name County or counties Area[8] Date established[4]:297 Body of water Coordinates Remarks Image
acres ha
Afton State Park Washington 1,600 650 1969 St. Croix River Lies on a glacial moraine with deep ravines that drop 300 feet (91 m) down to the St. Croix River.[9]
Banning State Park Pine 5,597 2,265 1963 Kettle River Contains 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of whitewater rapids and the remains of a historic quarry operation.[10]
Bear Head Lake State Park St. Louis 3,013 1,219 1961 Bear Head Lake Provides road access and modern camping facilities in an environment similar to the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.[11]
Beaver Creek Valley State Park Houston 715 289 1937 East Beaver Creek Showcases the rugged topography of the Driftless Area in a narrow valley carved by a trout stream.[12]
Big Bog State Recreation Area Beltrami 9,170 3,710 2000[8] Red Lake, Tamarac River Encompasses part of the largest peatland in the Lower 48 states (a National Natural Landmark) and a prime walleye fishery.[13]
Big Stone Lake State Park Big Stone 980 400 1961 Big Stone Lake Protects two sections of shoreline on Big Stone Lake, the source of the Minnesota River.[14]
Blue Mounds State Park Rock 1,567 634 1937 Mound Creek Protects an escarpment of Sioux Quartzite and Minnesota's only public bison herd.[15] A district of WPA structures is on the NRHP.[16]
Buffalo River State Park Clay 1,068 432 1937 Buffalo River Preserves part of one of the state's largest and best tallgrass prairies.[17] A district of WPA structures is on the NRHP.[18]
Camden State Park Lyon 1,855 751 1935 Redwood River Preserves a forested river valley in the midst of prairie and farm country.[19] A district of VCC and WPA structures is on the NRHP.[20]
Carley State Park Wabasha 209 85 1949 Whitewater River Donated by State Senator James A. Carley to protect a stand of white pines. Used as an overflow campground for nearby Whitewater State Park.[21]
Cascade River State Park Cook 2,867 1,160 1957 Lake Superior and Cascade River Stretches along 10.5 miles (16.9 km) of Lake Superior coastline in land rehabilitated after construction of Minnesota State Highway 61.[22] A WPA highway wayside is on the NRHP.[6]
Charles A. Lindbergh State Park Morrison 417 169 1931 Mississippi River Contains the restored home of Congressman Charles August Lindbergh and his son Charles Lindbergh, the famous aviator.[23] The house is a National Historic Landmark, and a district of WPA structures is on the NRHP.[24]
Crow Wing State Park Crow Wing, Cass, and Morrison 2,335 945 1959 Mississippi and Crow Wing Rivers Interprets the site of Old Crow Wing, an important town and trading center in the mid-19th century. The town site and a section of the Red River Trails are both on the NRHP.[6][25]
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Crow Wing 6,850 2,770 1993 Chain of small lakes and streams, filled pit mines In development as the land is rehabilitated from open-pit iron mining. Includes Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake, the state's deepest lake.[26]
Father Hennepin State Park Mille Lacs 275 111 1941 Mille Lacs Lake Provides lakeside recreation in the region visited by Father Louis Hennepin during a French expedition in 1680.[27]
Flandrau State Park Brown 840 340 1937 Cottonwood River Created to provide water recreation near New Ulm.[28] Entire park is a district of CCC and WPA structures on the NRHP.[29]
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park Fillmore 3,163 1,280 1963 South Branch Root River and tributaries Encompasses the historic townsite of Forestville, the state's longest explored cave, and three blue-ribbon trout streams.[30]
Fort Ridgely State Park Nicollet and Renville 537 217 1911 Fort Ridgely Creek Surrounds Fort Ridgely, site of the Battle of Fort Ridgely during the Dakota War of 1862. The fort and a large district of CCC structures are both on the NRHP.[31][32]
Fort Snelling State Park Ramsey, Hennepin, and Dakota 1,825 739 1961 Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers Contains historic Fort Snelling, built in 1819, and floodplain forest in the heart of Minneapolis – Saint Paul. The fort is a National Historic Landmark and the entire park is part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.[33]
Franz Jevne State Park Koochiching 118 48 1967 Rainy River Features scenic property on the Canada – United States border, donated by the sons of Franz Jevne, a lawyer, on the condition that the park be named after their father.[34]
Frontenac State Park Goodhue 2,226 901 1957 Lake Pepin on Mississippi River Attracts 260 species of year-round and migrant birds with its variety of habitats. Includes a natural arch atop a 430-foot (130 m) bluff.[35]
Garden Island State Recreation Area Lake of the Woods 715 289 1998[8] Lake of the Woods Comprises a nearly undeveloped island, 15 mi (24 km) from the closest mainland marinas, that once bore Native American gardens.[36]
George H. Crosby Manitou State Park Lake 6,200 2,500 1955 Manitou River Contains undeveloped North Woods wilderness geared towards backpackers.[37]
Glacial Lakes State Park Pope 1,857 752 1963 Several kettle lakes Preserves rolling tallgrass prairie amidst the glacial landforms of the Leaf Hills Moraines.[38]
Glendalough State Park Otter Tail 1,924 779 1991[8] Six kettle lakes Developed from the former private retreat and game farm of the owners of the Star Tribune newspaper, with a heritage fishery of large game fish.[39]
Gooseberry Falls State Park Lake 1,741 705 1937 Lake Superior, Gooseberry River Serves as the gateway to the scenic North Shore. Features five waterfalls, an agate beach, and a large district of CCC structures on the NRHP.[40][41]
Grand Portage State Park Cook 278 113 1989 Pigeon River Features a 120-foot (37 m) waterfall, Minnesota's tallest, on the Canada – United States border. Co-managed with the Grand Portage Indian Reservation, the only state – tribal collaboration of a U.S. state park.[42]
Great River Bluffs State Park Winona 2,122 859 1963[43] Mississippi River Features 500-foot-high (150 m) bluffs and steep goat prairies. Formerly named O.L. Kipp State Park.[44]
Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area Meeker 1,230 500 2004 Greenleaf and Sioux Lakes In development and open for limited day-use recreation.[45]
Hayes Lake State Park Roseau 2,118 857 1967 Hayes Lake, North Fork Roseau River Provides fishing and swimming opportunities in an exclusively recreational reservoir free of agricultural runoff or water level fluctuations for irrigation or power generation.[4]:250
Hill-Annex Mine State Park Itasca 634 257 1988 Filled pit mine Offers tours of a former open-pit iron mine and fossil collecting. A district of mine structures is on the NRHP.[46]
Interstate State Park Chisago 288 117 1895 St. Croix River Created in conjunction with a state park in Wisconsin to protect a basalt gorge and glacial potholes.[47] Two districts of CCC and WPA structures are on the NRHP.[48]
Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area St. Louis 1,864 754 2002 Lake Ore-be-gone Provides 36 miles (58 km) of trails for off highway vehicles.[49]
Itasca State Park Hubbard, Clearwater, and Becker 30,553 12,364 1891 Lake Itasca Minnesota's oldest state park, which preserves the headwaters of the Mississippi River. The entire park and an individual archaeological site are on the NRHP, and a subsection is a National Natural Landmark.[50]
Jay Cooke State Park Carlton 8,125 3,288 1915 Saint Louis River Showcases a rocky, whitewater-strewn river churning through the North Woods.[51] Three districts of CCC and WPA structures and a long-used portage route are on the NRHP.[52]
John A. Latsch State Park Winona 409 166 1925 Mississippi River Features three steep river bluffs.[53]
Judge C. R. Magney State Park Cook 4,323 1,749 1957 Lake Superior, Brule River Contains the geologically unexplained Devil's Kettle, a large glacial kettle into which half of the Brule River disappears.[54]
Kilen Woods State Park Jackson 202 82 1945 Des Moines River Preserves a riverside parcel of forested hills on the Coteau des Prairies.[55]
La Salle Lake State Recreation Area Hubbard 1,000 400 2011 Mississippi River, La Salle Lake In development around the second-deepest lake in Minnesota.[56]
Lac qui Parle State Park Lac qui Parle and Chippewa 897 363 1959 Lac qui Parle, Minnesota and Lac qui Parle Rivers Attracts thousands of migrating waterfowl, earning it the name "Lake that Speaks."[57] A district of WPA buildings is on the NRHP.[58]
Lake Bemidji State Park Beltrami 1,653 669 1923 Lake Bemidji Features a recreational lakeshore and a spruce-tamarack bog.[59] A district of CCC and National Youth Administration structures is on the NRHP.[60]
Lake Bronson State Park Kittson 2,806 1,136 1937 Lake Bronson, South Branch Two Rivers Features a reservoir created during a drought in the 1930s. A district of WPA structures is on the NRHP.[61]
Lake Carlos State Park Douglas 1,175 476 1937 Lake Carlos Preserves diverse habitats from prairie to hardwood forest to tamarack bog in a transition zone.[62] Two districts of WPA structures are on the NRHP.[63]
Lake Louise State Park Mower 849 344 1963 Lake Louise, Upper and Little Iowa Rivers Features a reservoir surrounded by oak savanna and patches of hardwood forest. Minnesota's oldest continuous recreation area, formerly a town park since the 1860s.[64]
Lake Maria State Park Wright 1,475 597 1963 Several kettle lakes Provides a lightly developed wilderness area near Minneapolis – Saint Paul in a morainal landscape of Big Woods.[65]
Lake Shetek State Park Murray County 1,109 449 1937 Lake Shetek Features remnants of pioneer history around the largest lake in southwestern Minnesota.[66] Two districts of WPA structures are on the NRHP.[67]
Lake Vermilion State Park St. Louis 2,875 1,163[8] 2010[8] Lake Vermilion Recently purchased and in development on the fifth-largest lake in Minnesota.[68]
Maplewood State Park Otter Tail 8,127 3,289 1963 Several kettle lakes Preserves a forest/prairie transition zone in the Leaf Hills Moraines.[69] A Native American archaeological site is on the NRHP.
McCarthy Beach State Park St. Louis 1,908 772 1945 Sturgeon and Side Lakes Features a .5-mile-long (0.80 km) beach on an isthmus between two lakes.[70]
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park Mille Lacs 9,786 3,960 1957 Mille Lacs Lake, Rum River Preserves 19 identified archaeological sites dating back 9000 years. The entire park is a National Historic Landmark and four sites are individually listed on the NRHP.[6][71]
Minneopa State Park Blue Earth 1,617 654 1905 Minnesota River, Minneopa Creek Showcases the largest waterfall in southern Minnesota. The 1864 Seppman Mill and a district of WPA structures are each on the NRHP.[72]
Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area Hennepin, Dakota, Scott, Carver, Sibley, and Le Sueur 6,442 2,607 1969 Minnesota River Comprises non-contiguous sections interspersed with units of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in the valley formed by Glacial River Warren.[73]
Monson Lake State Park Swift 343 139 1937 Monson and West Sunberg Lakes Established as a memorial to settlers who died in the Dakota War of 1862.[74] A district of CCC and WPA structures is on the NRHP.[75]
Moose Lake State Park Carlton 829 335 1971 Moosehead and Echo Lakes Provides water recreation and an exhibit hall on Lake Superior agates (the state gemstone) and the geology of Minnesota.[76]
Myre-Big Island State Park Freeborn 1,578 639 1947 Albert Lea Lake Features two islands with old growth hardwood forest since they were out of reach of prairie fires. Also houses one of the state's largest research collections of Native American artifacts.[77]
Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park Rice 1,646 666 1945 Prairie Creek Preserves a remnant stand of Big Woods.[78]
Old Mill State Park Marshall 287 116 1951 Middle River Features two mills and a log cabin from the late 19th Century.[79] The Larson Mill and a district of WPA structures are each on the NRHP.[80]
Red River State Recreation Area Polk 104 42 1997 Red River of the North and Red Lake River Reclaims land devastated by the 1997 Red River Flood as part of the Greater Grand Forks Greenway, which serves the dual purpose of holding back river waters during floods and providing recreational opportunities.[81]
Rice Lake State Park Steele and Dodge 712 288 1963 Rice Lake Surrounds a shallow lake which attracts migrating waterfowl.[82]
St. Croix Islands State Recreation Area Washington 25 10 1935 St. Croix River Comprises five islands near the St. Croix Boom Site that came under state control but were never developed. Leased to the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway.[4]:318
St. Croix State Park Pine 31,775 12,859 1943 St. Croix River Developed as a Recreational Demonstration Area by the CCC and the WPA to repurpose land too poor to farm. The entire park is a National Historic Landmark.[83]
Sakatah Lake State Park Le Sueur and Rice 810 330 1963 Sakatah Lake on the Cannon River Features a transitional zone between prairie and Big Woods on a natural widening of the Cannon River.[84]
Savanna Portage State Park Aitkin and St. Louis 15,277 6,182 1961 East and West Savanna Rivers, numerous kettle lakes Preserves a historically important and legendarily difficult 6-mile (9.7 km) portage over a continental divide between the watersheds of the Mississippi River and Lake Superior.[85] The portage is on the NRHP.[6]
Scenic State Park Itasca 2,370 960 1921 Sandwick and Coon Lakes Features pristine lakes and old-growth pines. Two districts of structures built by the first CCC state park camp in Minnesota are on the NRHP.[86]
Schoolcraft State Park Cass and Itasca 141 57 1959 Mississippi River Honors Henry Schoolcraft, who charted the origins of the Mississippi River with the Ojibwe guide Ozawindib. Preserves virgin pine forest that includes a white pine over 300 years old.[87]
Sibley State Park Kandiyohi 2,540 1,030 1919 Lake Andrew and other kettle lakes Honors Henry Hastings Sibley, the first governor of Minnesota, with a popular recreational lakeshore and a morainal landscape.[88] A district of CCC structures is on the NRHP.[89]
Soudan Underground Mine State Park St. Louis 974 394 1963 Lake Vermilion Offers tours of Minnesota's oldest, deepest, and richest iron mine and a modern high energy physics laboratory. The mine is a National Historic Landmark[90] and a row of 20th Century boathouses is on the NRHP.
Split Rock Creek State Park Pipestone 947 383 1937 Split Rock Lake Features a recreational reservoir on the Coteau des Prairies.[91]
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Lake 2,112 855 1945 Lake Superior, Split Rock River Surrounds the clifftop Split Rock Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States.[92] The lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark.
Temperance River State Park Cook 1,134 459 1957 Lake Superior, Temperance and Cross Rivers Showcases the deep, narrow gorge of the Temperance River (so named for its lack of a "bar" at its mouth) and Carlton Peak, a rock climbing area.[93]
Tettegouche State Park Lake 8,998 3,641 1979 Lake Superior and Baptism River Encompasses the tallest waterfall within the state's borders, the iconic headlands of Palisade Head and Shovel Point, and a historic fishing camp which is on the NRHP.[94]
Upper Sioux Agency State Park Yellow Medicine 1,065 431 1963 Minnesota and Yellow Medicine Rivers Interprets the site of the agency that administered a Dakota Indian reservation until it was destroyed during the Dakota War of 1862.[95] The agency is on the NRHP.[6]
Whitewater State Park Winona 1,672 677 1919 Whitewater River Showcases a popular steep-sided river valley in the Driftless Area.[96] A large district of CCC and WPA structures is on the NRHP.[97]
Wild River State Park Chisago 6,574 2,660 1973 St. Croix River Follows 18 miles (29 km) of one of the first waterways designated a National Wild and Scenic River.[98] A section of the Point Douglas to Superior Military Road is on the NRHP.[99]
William O'Brien State Park Washington 1,783 722 1947 St. Croix River Provides outdoor recreation opportunities near Minneapolis – Saint Paul.[100]
Zippel Bay State Park Lake of the Woods 2,826 1,144 1959 Lake of the Woods Provides water recreation and birdwatching opportunities on the shore of the country's sixth largest lake.[101]

State waysides

The state park system includes eight waysides, most of them along Minnesota State Highway 61 on the North Shore.[102] These are parcels of land too small to be full-fledged parks, but with cultural or natural resources greater than would be overseen by the Minnesota Department of Transportation as highway waysides. Generally development is limited to a parking area and a short trail; sometimes there are sanitation facilities and picnic tables as well.[4]

Wayside name County Date estab-
lished
[4]:299
Coordinates Remarks[103] Image
Caribou Falls State Wayside Lake 1947 Includes a waterfall on the Caribou River. Formerly Caribou Falls State Park.[4]:166
Devils Track Falls State Wayside Cook 1961 A nearly inaccessible gorge on the Devil Track River within Superior National Forest. Formerly Devils Track Falls State Park.[4]:209
Flood Bay State Wayside Lake 1965 A rocky Lake Superior beach just outside Two Harbors.[4]:248
Inspiration Peak State Wayside Otter Tail 1931 The highest point of the Leaf Hills Moraines.[4]:95
Joseph R. Brown State Wayside Renville 1937 The ruins of Joseph R. Brown's three-story mansion, destroyed during the Dakota War of 1862.[4]:134 The ruins are on the NRHP.[6]
Kodonce River State Wayside Cook 1947 Lake Superior shoreline around the mouth of the variably spelled Kadunce River. Formerly Kodonce River State Park.[4]:166
Ray Berglund State Wayside Cook 1951 A memorial at the mouth of the Onion River to a St. Paul businessman and conservationist, on land donated by his friends.[4]:173
Sam Brown Memorial State Wayside Traverse 1929 Created to honor Joseph R. Brown's son Samuel J. Brown, "the Paul Revere of the West," who rode 120 miles (190 km) through a storm on April 19, 1866 to warn of an expected Dakota attack. Formerly Sam Brown State Park.[4]:88

State trails

Trail name Trailheads[8] Length in miles (km)[8] Surface Remarks
Arrowhead State Trail TowerInternational Falls 135 217 Unpaved Serves primarily as a winter snowmobile route, branching off the Taconite State Trail.[104]
Blazing Star State Trail Albert LeaMyre-Big Island State Park 6 9.7 Paved Planned to continue to Austin and connect with the Shooting Star State Trail.[105]
Blufflands State Trail: Harmony-Preston Valley Segment HarmonyPreston 18 29 Paved Climbs out of the Root River Valley.[106]
Blufflands State Trail: Root River Segment FountainHouston 42 68 Paved Extends along the Root River.[107]
Casey Jones State Trail PipestoneMurray County,
Lake Shetek State ParkCurrie
19 31 Partly paved Invokes legendary train engineer Casey Jones in three unconnected segments that reflect railroad and pioneer history.[108]
Central Lakes State Trail OsakisFergus Falls 55 89 Paved Skirts a series of glacially formed lakes in Central Minnesota and connects to the Lake Wobegon Trails.[109]
Cuyuna Lakes State Trail Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area 6 9.7 Paved Wends through a regenerating open-pit mining area and connects with several mountain biking trails.[110]
Douglas State Trail Pine IslandRochester 13 21 Parallel paved and unpaved Stretches through the rural scenery of a rich agricultural region.[111]
Gateway State Trail St. Paul – Pine Point Regional Park 18 29 Paved with 10 miles (16 km) of parallel unpaved Extends from an urban setting to a rural park near Stillwater.[112]
Gitchi-Gami State Trail Gooseberry Falls State ParkBeaver Bay,
SchroederTofte
25 40 Paved Runs along the shore of Lake Superior in multiple unconnected segments. Planned to run continuously from Two Harbors to Grand Marais.[113]
Glacial Lakes State Trail HawickWillmar 22 35 Parallel paved and unpaved Traverses gently rolling glacial landforms.[114]
Goodhue Pioneer State Trail Red WingHay Creek Township,
Zumbrota
10 16 Paved with some parallel unpaved Exists in two sections, but planned to run from Red Wing to Pine Island.[115]
Great River Ridge State Trail PlainviewEyota 13 21 Paved with some parallel unpaved Wends past the river bluffs of the Driftless Area.[116]
Heartland State Trail Park RapidsCass Lake 49 79 Paved with some parallel unpaved Passes through mixed northern forests, intersecting with the Paul Bunyan State Trail.[117]
Luce Line State Trail PlymouthCosmos 63 101 Unpaved Stretches from the Minneapolis suburbs out to a rural landscape.[118]
Mill Towns State Trail NorthfieldDundas 3 4.8 Paved Planned to connect the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail in Faribault to the Cannon Valley Trail in Cannon Falls[119]
Minnesota Valley State Trail ShakopeeBelle Plaine 42 68 Mostly unpaved Follows the Minnesota River.[120]
North Shore State Trail DuluthGrand Marais 146 235 Unpaved Traverses the inland backcountry of the North Shore, primarily as a winter snowmobile route.[121]
Paul Bunyan State Trail BrainerdLake Bemidji State Park 112 180 Paved Comprises one of the country's longest continuously paved trails, with a planned extension to Crow Wing State Park. Intersects with the Heartland State Trail.[122]
Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail FaribaultMankato 39 63 Paved with some parallel unpaved Follows the Cannon River and passes through Sakatah Lake State Park.[123]
Shooting Star State Trail LeRoyAdams 14 23 Paved Crosses open country and passes through Lake Louise State Park.[124]
Taconite State Trail Grand RapidsEly 155 249 Mostly unpaved Serves primarily as a winter snowmobile route, intersecting with the Arrowhead State Trail.[125]
Willard Munger State Trail HinckleyDuluth,
WrenshallCarlton,
Chengwatana State ForestHolyoke
76 122 Paved Honors state legislator and trail advocate Willard Munger with a trail system of three segments.[126]

Former parks

Several units added to the Minnesota state park system over the years have since been redesignated or transferred to other agencies, including the system's very first unit, Camp Release State Memorial Wayside, created in 1889. In most cases these decisions were due to the unit being too small for a state park with little chance of expansion, or largely local use rather than attracting visitors from all over the state and beyond.[4] Four of these units were redesignated as state waysides and are listed above.[4][103] The other former units were:

Former name Date
established
Date
redesignated
Result Image
Alexander Ramsey State Park[4]:43[127] 1911 1957 Transferred to Redwood Falls as a city park.
Birch Cooley Battle Field State Memorial Park[4]:15 1929 1976 Transferred to Minnesota Historical Society.
Camp Release State Memorial Wayside[4]:337 1889 1975 Redesignated Camp Release State Monument.
Chippewa Mission State Memorial Wayside[4]:94 1931 1973 Transferred to Minnesota Historical Society.
Horace Austin State Park[4]:44[128] 1913 1949 Transferred to Austin as a city park.
Garvin Heights State Park[4]:76 1922 1961 Transferred to Winona as a city park.
Kaplan Woods State Park[4]:98[129] 1935 1963 Part demolished to build a highway, remainder transferred to Owatonna as a city park.
Little Elbow Lake State Park[4]:230 1963 1989 Transferred to White Earth Indian Reservation.
Old Crossing Treaty Historic Wayside[4]:96 1931 1987 Parts transferred to Red Lake County and University of Minnesota Crookston, remainder added to Huot Wildlife Management Area.
Oronoco Park (later Oronoco State Scenic Reserve)[4]:130[130] 1937 1965 Transferred to Olmsted County.
Pine Tree State Park[4]:165 1947 1965 Transferred to Blackduck as a city park.
Pomme de Terre Recreational Reserve[4]:122 1937 1965 Transferred to Morris as a city park.
Sleepy Eye State Park[4]:70 1921 1965 Transferred to Sleepy Eye as a city park.
Toqua Lakes State Park[4]:51 1921 1965 Transferred to Big Stone County as a county park.
Traverse des Sioux State Park[4]:29 1905 1981 Transferred to Minnesota Historical Society and city of St. Peter.
Watson State Wayside[4]:136 1941 1959 Transferred to Watson as a city park.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Welcome to Minnesota State Parks". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  2. ^ "Proposed Lake Vermilion State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Itasca State Park National Register Listing". Minnesota Historical Society. May 1973; May 1992 update. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah Meyer, Roy Willard (1991). Everyone's Country Estate: A History of Minnesota's State Parks. Minnesota Historical Society Press.  
  5. ^ "Minnesota Traveler" (PDF). Minnesota State Parks Newsletter. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Summer 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-09-22. , p. 16.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Minnesota's National Register Properties". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  7. ^ "Minnesota's Submerged Cultural Resources Preservation Plan". Minnesota Historical Society. June 1997. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Guide to Minnesota State Parks and Trails 2011". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2011. 
  9. ^ "Afton State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  10. ^ "Banning State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  11. ^ "Bear Head Lake State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  12. ^ "Beaver Creek Valley State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  13. ^ "Big Bog State Recreation Area". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  14. ^ "Big Stone Lake State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  15. ^ "Blue Mounds State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  16. ^ "Blue Mounds State Park". Rustic Style Resources in Minnesota State Parks. Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  17. ^ "Buffalo River State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  18. ^ "Buffalo River State Park". Rustic Style Resources in Minnesota State Parks. Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  19. ^ "Camden State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  20. ^ "Camden State Park". Rustic Style Resources in Minnesota State Parks. Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  21. ^ "Carley State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  22. ^ "Cascade River State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  23. ^ "Charles A. Lindbergh State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  24. ^ "Charles A. Lindbergh State Park". Rustic Style Resources in Minnesota State Parks. Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  25. ^ "Crow Wing State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  26. ^ "Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  27. ^ "Father Hennepin State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  28. ^ "Afton State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  29. ^ "Flandrau State Park". Rustic Style Resources in Minnesota State Parks. Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  30. ^ "Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  31. ^ "Fort Ridgely State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
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Further reading

  • Arthur, Anne. Minnesota's State Parks. Adventure Publications, 1998. ISBN 1-885061-51-X
  • Meyer, Roy Willard. Everyone's Country Estate: A History of Minnesota's State Parks. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1991. ISBN 0-87351-266-9

External links

  • Minnesota State Parks on the Department of Natural Resources website
  • 2006 Minnesota Statute sec. 85.012 State parks—statutory list
  • Minnesota State Park System—Legislative Auditor Report
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