All Minnesota state parks will be free on Saturday

Special events are being held to mark Great Outdoors Month.
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Short of weekend plans? Well, you'll be able to visit any of Minnesota's 75 state parks free of charge on Saturday.

The admission-free day has been confirmed by the Minnesota DNR, which follows Governor Mark Dayton proclaiming June as "Great Outdoors Month."

Saturday, more specifically, is National Get Outdoors Day, and the DNR is continuing its tradition of waiving its admission fees for the annual event.

Usually you'd pay $7 for a vehicle permit to enter one of Minnesota's state parks.

"Exploring Minnesota state parks is a great way to spend time with friends and family, get active, and enjoy our state’s many natural wonders," Dayton said. 

"This Saturday, I encourage all Minnesotans to ‘Get Outdoors’ and experience a state park or recreation area near you."

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The DNR says there will be a number of events happening on Saturday at state parks, including at Fort Snelling State Park in St. Paul, where youngsters can try pop can casting from the fishing pier from 11 a.m.

At Goosebury Falls State Park, there will be a live peregrine falcon demonstration between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.. while the Father Hennepin State Park on Lake Mille Lacs is holding an outdoor recreation day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. that includes paddleboarding and fish identification.

You can find a full list of events here.

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