DNR waives entrance fees to all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for Friday, Nov. 25

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering free entrance to all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Nov. 25.

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A pair of hike attendees look out over a prairie pothole at Sibley State Park in this October 2022 file photo. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering free access to all state parks and recreation areas for Friday, Nov. 25.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune file photo
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WILLMAR — For those wanting to avoid the crowds of shoppers on Black Friday and spend sometime in nature after a big Thanksgiving, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has the perfect solution. The DNR is waiving the entrance fees to all of the state parks and recreation areas on Friday, Nov. 25.

"Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are open year-round and provide places of peace and beauty to recharge during the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season," said DNR Parks and Trails Division Director Ann Pierce, in a news release issued Wednesday. "It's a fantastic time to get out into nature with friends and family following Thanksgiving celebrations."

The day after Thanksgiving is one of four "Free Park Days" the DNR offers each year, when the vehicle permit requirement is waived for the day to enter the parks and recreation areas. The goal, according to the news release, is to encourage Minnesotans to spend time outdoors and enjoy the benefits that come with it.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the beauty of Sibley State Park and all the other Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for free on Friday, Nov. 25.
Tom Cherveny / West Central Tribune file photo

There are 75 state parks and recreation areas across the state including Sibley, Monson Lake and Glacial Lakes state parks in this region. Most offices and visitor centers at the parks will be lightly staffed on Nov. 25.

Visitors are asked to check the DNR website for visitors alerts and directions to the parks as well as download a GeoPDF map of the park they are going to visit.


The DNR also asks that all those coming out to enjoy the parks Friday help protect the parks and recreation areas by staying on trails and leaving no trace of one's visit.

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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

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