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Free Park Day at Crow Wing State Park

January 15

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on Monday, Jan. 15.

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.

And, if sufficient snow arrives before Jan. 15, visitors can also partake in popular winter activities like sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Most parks offer snowshoe rentals, and select parks offer ski rentals. 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. If trails could be icy, traction devices for footwear are useful.

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 Road
Brainerd, MN 56401 United States
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