For many people, they are looking forward to a long holiday weekend and in the Northland at least it looks like the weather is going to be a little chilly but clear skies, perfect to get outside and explore. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving entrance fees to all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Friday, Nov. 26.

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The DNR offers four free park days every year—one in each season—to encourage all Minnesotans to get outdoors and enjoy the benefits of nature throughout the year. Since most state park offices and visitor centers will be minimally staffed on Nov. 26, so visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive prepared for their visit. According to the Minnesota DNR website you are encouraged to do the following:

  • Check visitor alerts and find directions on state park web pages at (link is external)
  • Download GeoPDF maps (link is external) before the trip. These maps will display a user’s current location, like Google Maps or other map applications, but the user does not have to be connected to the internet or have cell service while using them.
  • Visit the self-orientation signs near the park entrance for suggestions on what to see and do while visiting.
  • Help protect these special places for the future by staying on trails and leaving no trace.

Fortunately for us in Duluth, we have 8 State Parks right up the North Shore, Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, Tettegouche State Park, George Crosby Manitou State Park, Temperance River State Park, Cascade River State Park, Judge Magney State Park, and Grand Portage State Park.

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