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New state park reservation system fully phased in

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the phased-in rollout of their state park reservation system is complete. Camping and lodging reservations are once again being accepted up to a year in advance. More than 8,500 reservations have already been made online and through the Minnesota-based call center.

"Minnesota has a high demand for campsites and cabins at our state parks," said Courtland Nelson, director of the DNR's Parks and Trails Division. "We are ready to meet that demand and hope everyone's looking forward to visiting Minnesota state parks and making great memories with family and friends this summer and throughout the year."

Reservations can be made online at or by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY 952-936-4008) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (except holidays). Up to 30 percent of the campsites at Minnesota state parks cannot be reserved in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The new online reservation website features:

•Calendars that show available sites at a park for three weeks at a time.

•Campground maps showing proximity of campsites to shoreline, restrooms, and other amenities.

•Photos of most (but not yet all) campsites.

•Advanced search options that allow prospective visitors to enter specific desired criteria and see their options at a glance.