Free days in Minnesota and Michigan state parks
On the second weekend of June, everyone is invited to join naturalists for a day of fun.
© Beth Gauper
In Itasca State Park, kids run across the rocks that mark the start of the Mississippi.
The second weekend in June is a good time to try something new in Minnesota and Michigan.
On June 8 in 2019, admission to all Minnesota state parks is free to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day.
Many parks are holding special events, such as archery at Afton, birding at Bear Head and a ukulele picnic at Split Rock.
There will be a Civil War encampment and canoeing on the Minnesota River from Fort Ridgely and a 100th-birthday bash at Sibley that includes a concert, paddling in a voyageur canoe and kittenball.
This is the only day the $7 daily vehicle charge is waived in state parks. But it's free to borrow GPS units and kits for birding, fishing and kids' discovery any time.
The weekend of June 7-9 is Take a Kid Fishing Weekend, when people 16 or older don't need a license if they take a youth 15 and younger fishing.
In Michigan, June 8-9 is Three Free weekend, with free fishing, free ORV trail riding and free admission to Michigan's 103 state parks. On other days, non-residents pay $9 for a day pass.
Where to stay
Minnesota has a large selection of camper cabins, guesthouses and even tipis. Reserve early for weekends.
For more, see Lodgings in Minnesota state parks.
Michigan has an even bigger selection of mini-cabins, rustic cabins, camper cabins, lodges, yurts and tipis.
For more, see Michigan's great lake cabins.
Last updated on June 7, 2019