Minn. State Parks Set Camping Incentives
Three state parks in northwestern Minnesota are offering incentives to attract more campers and visitors, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Tuesday (Feb. 24).
Hayes Lake, Lake Bronson, and Old Mill state parks have reduced their daily camping fees and seasonal rates are being introduced for the first time at Hayes Lake and Old Mil, according to Minnesota Trails.
"These three distinctive parks have wonderful facilities and showcase resources unique to northwestern Minnesota," said Lance Crandall, Lake Bronson State Park manager.
Daily rates this year for a standard campsite at all three parks start at just $12, while a campsite with an electric hookup is an additional $4. Crandall hopes the lower daily rates, which average about $4 less than last year, will entice first-time visitors to explore these parks.
Seasonal camping – reserving a given campsite for an entire month or season – is a new concept for Minnesota state parks, according to Crandall. Nine campsites with electric hookups at Hayes Lake, and five campsites with electric and water hookups at Old Mill will be designated for these extended reservations.
Monthly rates start at $200 and are available June through August in both parks and also during May at Hayes Lake.
The seasonal reservations will vary slightly between the two parks. The seasonal rate at Hayes Lake is $700 and includes May 8 through Sept. 6. At Old Mill, the rate is $500 for May 22 through Sept. 6.