Minnesota State Parks and Trails

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Access to Minnesota state parks
during the 2017 fall hunting season

Numerous hunts are scheduled to take place at Minnesota state parks this fall, as a way to help control the deer population in the parks. Our goal is to ensure healthy natural communities. If too many deer are in one area, the native plants and animals are negatively affected.

Access to the parks varies around the state during these hunts. Some state parks remain open to all visitors, some have limited public access, and some are open only to hunters with special permits.

This site provides information to non-hunters during the hunt season. If you are a hunter, you'll find more information here.

For additional information, please call the facility before you head out.

DNR Facebook site Minnesota State Parks Twitter feed

 

Stay safe during hunting season!

If you will be visiting a state park during hunting season:

  1. Wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing, even if you will not be hunting.
  2. Check with the park office when you arrive, to see if there is any additional hunt-related information.
  3. Watch carefully for any hunt-related signage in the park, and follow it!

 

CLOSED

The park is closed to the public and open only to hunters with a valid permit during a particular hunt.

LIMITED

The park is open both to visitors and to hunters OR a portion of the park is open to the public and closed to hunting while another part is open to hunters only.

 

State Park

Access

Type of Hunt

Dates

Class

Map (PDF)

Afton CLOSED Youth Deer Hunt 11/4 to 11/5 Firearms youth hunt map
Banning LIMITED Youth Deer Hunt 10/28 to 10/29 Firearms youth hunt map
Blue Mounds CLOSED Youth Deer Hunt 11/18 to 11/19 Firearms youth hunt map
Buffalo River LIMITED Youth Deer Hunt 11/4 to 11/5 Firearms youth hunt map
Camden CLOSED Youth Deer Hunt 10/28 to 10/29 Firearms youth hunt map
Cascade River LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/19 Firearms hunt map
map detail
Crow Wing LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 12/2 to 12/3 Muzzleloader  
Forestville/Mystery Cave LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/5 Firearms hunt map
Franz Jevne LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/19 Firearms  
Frontenac CLOSED Special Permit Hunt 12/2 to 12/3 Muzzleloader hunt map
Glacial Lakes LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/9 to 11/12 Firearms hunt map
Gooseberry Falls LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/19 Firearms hunt map
Great River Bluffs CLOSED Special Permit Hunt 11/18 to 11/19 Firearms  
Greenleaf Lake LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 9/16 to 12/31 Archery hunt map
Hayes Lake LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/19 Firearms hunt map
Itasca LIMITED
Youth Deer Hunt
Regular Season Hunt
Regular Season Hunt
10/14 to 10/15
11/4 to 11/12
11/25 to 12/10
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
Jay Cooke LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 12/2 to 12/6 Muzzleloader hunt map
Judge C.R. Magney LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/19 Firearms hunt map
Kilen Woods CLOSED Youth Deer Hunt 10/28 to 10/29 Firearms  
Lake Bemidji LIMITED Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/20 to 10/22
11/4 to 11/7
12/1 to 12/3
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
 
Lake Bronson LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/12 Firearms hunt map
Lake Carlos LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/7 Firearms hunt map
Lake Shetek CLOSED Youth Deer Hunt 11/18 to 11/19 Firearms  
Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/25 to 12/10 Muzzleloader  
Maplewood LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/7 Firearms  
Minneopa LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 12/1 to 12/3 Muzzleloader hunt map
Myre-Big Island LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 12/1 to 12/3 Muzzleloader  
Old Mill LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/7 Firearms hunt map
St. Croix CLOSED
Youth Deer Hunt
Adult On-set Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/28 to 10/29
10/28 to 10/29
11/16 to 11/19
11/30 to 12/3
Firearms
Firearms
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
Sakatah Lake LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 12/1 to 12/3 Muzzleloader hunt map
Savanna Portage LIMITED Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/28 to 10/29
11/25 to 11/28
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
Scenic LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/19 Firearms hunt map
Schoolcraft LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/19 Firearms hunt map
Sibley LIMITED
CLOSED
Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/28 to 10/29
11/25 to 11/26
Firearms
Muzzleloader
youth hunt map
hunt map
Split Rock Lighthouse LIMITED Special Permit Hunt 11/4 to 11/19 Firearms hunt map
Tettegouche LIMITED Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/28 to 10/29
11/4 to 11/19
Firearms
Firearms
youth hunt map
hunt map
Whitewater CLOSED Special Permit Hunt 11/18 to 11/19 Firearms hunt map
William O'Brien CLOSED Special Permit Hunt 11/11 to 11/12 Firearms hunt map
Zippel Bay LIMITED Youth Deer Hunt
Special Permit Hunt
10/21 to 10/22
11/4 to 11/19
Firearms
Firearms
hunt map