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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Saturday, April 27.

With this year’s unusual weather, it’s good to know there are many winter park activities that don’t require snow or ice, such as birding, winter hiking, nature photography, and having a campfire with hot chocolate and s’mores.

Visitors looking for Crow Wing State Park information can click here.

The DNR recommends visitors wear clothing appropriate for the weather, and bring water and snacks.

This “Free Park Day” is one of four days each year on which the DNR waives the requirement for a vehicle permit at state parks and recreation areas. There is one fee-free day for each season of the year, giving Minnesotans a free of charge opportunity to experience the parks and recreation areas at different times of the year.

Four free park days are scheduled for Minnesota state parks and recreation areas in 2024 including:

  • Monday, Jan. 15
  • Saturday, April 27
  • Saturday, June 8
  • Friday, Nov. 29


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Crow Wing State Park
3124 State Park Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401
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(218) 825-3075
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