2009 Minnesota State Park Permits Now On Sale

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2009 Minnesota State Park Permits Now On SaleJust in time for holiday gift giving, the 2009 Minnesota state park annual permit is now on sale. It features a winter scene from Schoolcraft State Park in northeastern Minnesota to represent the theme of “quiet places.” Schoolcraft will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2009. Bemidji photographer Richard Jensen supplied the image for the new permit.

The purchase of an annual Minnesota state park permit for $25 provides unlimited access to special events, scenic places, historic sites, a whole roster of outdoor activities and just plain fun at Minnesota’s 72 state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), there is a state park within 30 miles of almost every Minnesotan and the parks are all open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“We’re approaching the time of year when many people make resolutions to get in better shape, and there are many ways to get and stay fit in Minnesota state parks,” said Courtland Nelson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division director. “For $25, you can give a whole family the gift of an outdoor health club, and the memories they’ll have of camping, hiking, paddling, and exploring together will last a lifetime.”

Annual permits can be purchased at any Minnesota state park, at REI stores in the Twin Cities metro area, at the DNR License Center (open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, 888-665-4236), or by calling the DNR Information Center at 888-MINNDNR (646-6367).