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Free entrance to Minnesota state parks on Friday, Nov. 25

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people to explore the state's parks and recreation areas with family and friends.

Curtis Lauinger along with Jade Larsen and his dog, Gavinski, enjoy a walk through Buffalo River State Park on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.David Samson / The Forum
Curtis Lauinger, along with his dog, Gavinski, enjoys a walk with Jade Larsen in Buffalo River State Park on Nov. 27, 2015.
David Samson / The Forum
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ST. PAUL — Visitors will have free access to all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Friday, Nov. 25.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging people to explore the state's parks.

“It’s a fantastic time to get out into nature with friends and family following Thanksgiving celebrations,” DNR Parks and Trails Division Director Ann Pierce said.

On Nov. 25, there will be fewer staff than usual available at state park offices and visitor centers, the DNR cautioned. The agency suggests that visitors check visitor alerts and find directions on the DNR’s website, www.dnr.state.mn.us .

Visitors can download a map before their trip that will allow them to see their location in the area they are visiting. No internet or cell service is needed to use the map, once downloaded, according to the DNR.

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For more information, email info.dnr@state.mn.us or call 888-646-6367 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

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