Don’t Forget Your 2021 MN State Park Sticker

A $35 year-round vehicle permit provides unlimited visits to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.zippel bay state park 1 300x300 1

By purchasing a vehicle permit, you help maintain and improve the natural resources, facilities, and education and outreach programs that make Minnesota’s state parks among the best in the nation.

Vehicle permits are valid for one year from the month of purchase. Plus, you can receive a discount on additional year-round permits for other vehicles you own.

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Minnesota State Parks and Trails specialty license plate

Not a fan of windshield stickers? Now there’s another option; the new Minnesota State Parks and Trails license plate provides you with unlimited visits to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for an entire year, without requiring a separate vehicle permit. Plus it helps fund the operations and maintenance of Minnesota state parks and trails!

In our area we have a few state parks and forests. A year round pass would be perfect with all the time you could spend inside these beautiful parks. A few of the closest ones include Zippel State Park, Franz Jevne State Park, and Beltrami Island State Forest. The outdoor activities you can do in the parks are endless, from fishing, canoeing, hiking, mushroom hunting, biking, camping, etc. Stay informed and be prepared to be stopped and don’t forget to get your permit.

Don’t forget the Big Bog walk that is just a few miles south of Lake of the Woods County on Hwy 72. This very unique and educational experience is one of a kind. The boardwalk itself is 1 mile long and reaches far into the swamp while having benches and teaching plaques along the way. It’s a must to put on your vacation list.

In order to buy a permit you must follow one of two ways:


  • DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 (Twin Cities area)
  • Toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367)


  • Any Minnesota state park, and purchase from self-serve kiosk* or the front office
  • REI locations in Bloomington, Roseville, and Maple Grove
  • Minnesota DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul
  • Hennepin County Service Centers in Brooklyn Center, Edina, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, and Minnetonka
  • Minnesota’s Bookstore, St. Paul


It’s the spring of 2021 and it’s time to get outdoors and get some fresh air and sit and enjoy the beauty of creation as it comes to life in the springtime. zippel bay state park beach1 Zippel Bay State Park is a beautiful spot to visit at any season, but springtime has special beauty. With miles of groomed trails, you will enjoy wildflowers peeking through the undergrowth and the aspens and birch trees coming alive with their bright green leaves and beautiful white bark.  This State Park is located at 3684 54th Avenue Northwest, Williams, MN 56686 on Hwy #8 northwest of Baudette.  This park provides a great opportunity to take the family on a walking tour.


The State Park at Zippel Bay is also known for its sandy beach reaching out into Lake of the Woods. It’s a perfect place for children to build zippel bay 3sand castles and explore the shoreline. The bay itself is very shallow there so it is the best place for visitors to swim and walk out a long distance. You may obtain a State Park Sticker online before you visit or right at the entrance. A great family experience while practicing social distancing.


Zipple Bay State Park also manages the Blueberry Hill and Faunce campgrounds inside the Beltrami Island State Forest. For information on these units, please contact the Zippel Bay State Park office at (218) 783-6252. Blueberry Hill State Forest is located 3.5 miles west of Williams on the south side of Highway 11 and is one of the highest points of elevation in the county.


If you’re looking for remote, check out Franz Jevne State Park located on Highway 11. Here there is primitive camping with access to the Rainy River. This is located a few miles east of Birchdale, home of one of the last unique General Stores.


Other state parks in the area include an excursion by boat to the northern-most park of Garden Island on Lake of the Woods.


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Garden Island State Park

Boat docks and picnic grounds are available three seasons of the year. Here you can explore and do some walleye fishing and even enjoy a shore lunch on these beautiful grounds. Here’s a link to see what you can expect. Don’t forget that if you’re a birding fanatic, you are able to see many species at this untouched landscape.


Venture to the northland very soon to enjoy the rich beauty spring offers in state parks. Come to Lake of the Woods, MN. For more information and lodging availability, please see out website at  Feast your eyes on the beauty nature has to offer.


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