At least 69% of Minnesotans participate in outdoor recreation annually, making our state’s market worth $11.6 billion total, providing $3.4 billion in wages and salaries.*
This widespread passion for the outdoors is why many of us opt to call the Twin Cities home. We can enjoy all the convenience that comes from being at the heart of Minnesota, knowing that just a few hours on the road can take us to a wilderness escape.
The Department of Natural Resources has announced two new campgrounds opening in the summer of 2017. One is located in northeastern Minnesota at the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, and the other will be in southeastern Minnesota’s Whitewater State Park.
But that’s not the end of the excitement for outdoorsy Minnesotans.
Minneopa State Park has just become home to a new yearling bull, newcomer to a herd often spotted on the park’s two-mile bison range, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
The Minnesota-based paper also advises paddlers that a new 20-mile Shell Shock River State Water Trail begins at Fountain Lake in south-central Minnesota.
The St. Croix River Boom Site has seen improvements including better boat access, funded in part by the 2008 Legacy Amendment.