Saturday, June 11, is National Get Outdoors Day and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced many special events taking place across the state, including a historic "Total Takeover", the perfect way to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails .

According to the DNR, the "Total Takeover" means that for the first time, they plan on every campsite at Minnesota state park and recreation areas to be be occupied on Saturday, June 11.

However, more campers are needed because although more than half of the 4,500 campsites are already reserved, many great sites are still available for Saturday's special event.  Just click the link below to make your reservation as all reservations must be made in advance.

Saturday is also National Get Outdoors Day, and special events across Minnesota include:

  • “Summer Sampler” of outdoor activities—including canoeing, archery, geocaching and more—from noon to 3 p.m. at Lake Carlos State Park in Alexandria and at Whitewater State Park near Winona.
  • Picnic Gathering—Bring a lunch to beautiful Fort Snelling State Park, uniquely situated in the heart of the Twin Cities metro area, and meet near the beach between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for scavenger hunts, a story walk and other nature activities for the whole family.
  • Centennial Wagon Train reunion—Celebrate the 125th anniversary with a look back at the 200-mile trek from the State Capitol in St. Paul to Itasca State Park that took place in June 1991 and involved more than 50 wagons and 150 horseback riders. Meet at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Show Grounds on the north side of Itasca State Park. The program begins at 1:30 p.m., following a potluck lunch.
  • An overnight I Can Camp! program— at which camping equipment and instruction are provided—at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, 40 miles south of St. Paul.
  • Outdoor Recreation Day—learn to  stand-up paddleboard, try archery, explore the Turn In Poachers Wall of Shame display and more—from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Father Hennepin State Park on Mille Lacs Lake.

There are a lot of options wherever you decide to roam, but the main thing is to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors with your family and friends!