A ‘silver lining’ opportunity for Minnesotans during the pandemic has been renewed focus on our state parks, state forests and the national parks and forests located in Minnesota.  Many parks in the Twin Cities area have been very busy with visitors, so you might want to avoid them during weekends. But take a break from work, news and maybe even family with a visit to a park, you’ll be glad you did.

Afton State Park in the St. Croix Valley offers many hills, great for training, whether for a marathon or your next wine & cheese event.

Frans Jevne State Park is Minnesota’s smallest state park.  It is carefully maintained by staff, a beautiful spot on the Rainy River. You can wave to our neighbors in Canada, eh!

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park is an especially beautiful place for viewing wildflowers in the spring.  Put it on your list.

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Upper Sioux Agency State Park is along the Minnesota River and exists to help preserve some of our history about the treatment of Dakota Indians, as well as to provide recreational opportunities.

William O’Brien State Park is the closest state park to MMFS.  Enjoy the St. Croix river valley as well as a visit to Marine on St. Croix and neighboring towns plus take a class in-person when we can again offer them.  Hopefully sooner than later!

Zippel Bay State Park is last but not least.  A highlight on the bucket list of people who fish, as it provides access to Lake of the Woods.

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