ST. PAUL — 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 will take effect July 1.

The agency planned to make the change in the fall of 2020, but operational uncertainties and changes to cleaning protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic moved up the timeline.

DNR surveys indicated that most visitors plan their overnight visits to parks and recreation areas a few months before they go and that many could not plan an entire year in advance.

All reservations made before July 1 will be honored, even if they are for a date beyond the new 120-day reservation window. However, if a customer needs to change a reservation, rebooking will only be possible within the new 120-day window.

For more information about the reservation window change, please visit the DNR website or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367.