Friday, February 3rd, 2023
Friday, February 3rd, 2023

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Minnesota State Parks will remain open

DNR Reports

St. Paul Minnesota State Parks, plus campgrounds and day-use
areas in Minnesota State Forests, will remain open thanks to the
funding bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jesse
Ventura on Friday, June 29.

“Thankfully, the vacation plans of thousands of tourists will
not be disrupted now that funding is in place to keep state parks
open,” said Bill Morrissey, director of the DNR Parks and
Recreation Division.

“Traditionally, the Fourth of July is one of the busiest times
in the parks and brings record numbers of tourists to our state and
to the local areas around state parks,” Morrissey said. “This year
was no different. Nearly every reservable campsite, cabin and
lodging facility was booked for the approaching holiday.”

Up to 30 percent of the system’s more than 4,000 campsites can
be reserved in advance; the balance is kept available on a
first-come, first-served basis. State parks host about 400,000
visitors per week in July and 8.5 million visitors annually.

“This is really good news for the thousands of people who have
been calling with questions about their travel plans,” Morrissey
said. He added that if questions remain, the public can contact the
DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll free (888)
646-6367.

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