DNR Camping

The Minnesota DNR is shortening its window for making reservations for camping and lodging to 120 days, or four months staring July 1.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is shortening its window for making reservations for camping and lodging to 120 days, or four months.

Previously, customers could reserve campsites, cabins, yurts, tipis and lodging facilities up to one year in advance. The change takes effect July 1.

While the agency originally planned to make the change this fall, uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and associated changes to cleaning protocols made it necessary to change sooner, the department said. 

“State Parks and Recreation Areas belong to all Minnesotans, so everyone should have equitable access to facilities and campgrounds,” Commissioner Sarah Strommen said. “Shortening the reservation window will better accommodate visitors’ busy schedules and allow more people to enjoy the most desirable campsites and lodging.”

COVID-19 has created new challenges for the State Parks and Recreation Area system, including the recommendation to provide a 24-hour gap between lodging reservations.

All reservations made before July 1 will be honored even if they are for a date beyond the new 120-day reservation window. More information is available at dnr.state.mn.us/reserve-faq/index.html.

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