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Free Admission and Events at Arrowhead region State Parks on Saturday

May 28, 2019 01:37PM ● By Editor

Media Release from the MN DNR - May 28, 2019

Minnesota's 75 state parks and recreation areas are all offering free admission on Saturday, June 8, and many of them have planned special activities to introduce you to the fun of geocaching, kayaking, camping, and other family-friendly activities. Scroll down to find an event.

Free Fishing and Other Free Stuff

Wet a line while you're out for the day! Minnesotans don't need a license to fish at most Minnesota state parks. You can even borrow free loaner fishing kits at many state parks, along with loaner birding kits, GPS kits and Kids' Discovery Kits.

School's Out - Camp Out Challenge

DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen is issuing a statewide challenge to all school-aged kids and their families: Start summer break off right by spending the first weekend out of school under the stars with your friends and family. Hike the trails, splash in the water, and sit around a campfire making s’mores with your loved ones. The goal is to fill every campsite in Minnesota State Parks on June 8.

Come Explore!

Child with binoculars

Whether you stay for the whole weekend or just spend a few hours outdoors, you'll make memories that will last a lifetime, and you can use your new skills for the rest of the summer.

There's a state park within 30 miles of most Minnesotans, so take advantage of the opportunity to get out there and explore one!

For a complete list of all events at Minnesota State Parks on National Get Outdoors Day, follow this link to the MN DNR website.

Some of the regional events are highlighted below.

Primitive Fire Starting at Tettegouche State Park

Without matches, lighters, or other modern tools, most of us would be in big trouble if we needed a fire without them.  Learn traditional and historic fire starting technologies and try them out. We'll be playing with flint-and-steel, bow drills, magnifiers, and other techniques including the use of native mushrooms and fungi to aid in your efforts.  Drop in program at the fireplace behind the Visitor Center.  Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12noon to 2pm.

Fast Flyers: Peregrine Falcons at Gooseberry Falls State Park

The fastest bird in the world nests along the North Shore. Listen to its story of recovery and the people who helped. Join Jackie Fallon of the Midwest Peregrine Society to learn about these remarkable birds and meet LIVE birds. Drop by the Visitor Center Auditorium. Saturday June 8 from 2-4 PM.

Ukulele Concerts by T.H.U.G  at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park and Gooseberry Falls State Park


THUG at the Grand Marais Nursing Home in October 2017.  Photo:  Lisa Bloomquist 

Join us for an evening of Ukulele music. Two Harbors Ukulele Group (T.H.U.G.) will be entertaining us with old favorites and singalongs for all ages. This tiny but mighty instrument brings a smile and toe tapping to all. Did you know the word Ukulele is a Hawaiian word meaning "leaping flea" so called from the rapid motion of the fingers in playing! Stop in and watch the THUGs strum up some fun. 

Saturday, June 8 at 4pm at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Saturday, June 8 at 8 pm at Gooseberry Falls State Park