Thanks to the modern addition of selfie stations, it's now super easy to take scenic selfies at ten different Minnesota State Parks and Trails. Below we've highlighted six of these parks where you can find clearly marked selfie stations.
But first...what is a selfie station?
What’s a Selfie Station?
Selfie stations make getting that perfect shot featuring incredible natural scenery safe and simple! Just set the camera timer on your device and place it on the adjustable shelf provided.
Snap the perfect selfie of you and (your friends or furbabies) enjoying the great outdoors in Minnesota—it really is that easy!
Minnesota State Parks with Selfie Stations
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages visitors to post their selfies with the hashtags #MNStateParkLife and #MNStateTrailLife. Search these hashtags on social media while planning your trip for some added inspiration!
Itasca State Park
Located in the northwest region, sits the oldest Minnesota state park established in 1891. Consisting of 32,000 acres, Itasca State Park is home to the spot where the Mississippi River begins its winding trek toward the Gulf of Mexico—passing through or bordering ten states along the way.
The area's rich history dates back some 8,000 years when native people hunted bison, deer and moose on these lands. Today, visitors can hike among old-growth pine forests and scenic overlooks or enjoy the more than 100 pristine lakes found in the park. Birdwatching and fishing are popular pastimes here, too.
Tent camping, RV sites and cabins are all available for overnight guests.
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Moving along to central Minnesota is Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. This abandoned mining area is now home to diverse wildlife habitats and crystal clear lakes perfect for a wide range of outdoor fun.
Minnesota is known for its many lakes, but here you'll find six natural lakes and 15 artificial lakes (averaging between 100 to 525-feet deep) that were once mine pits formed sometime between 1904 and 1960.
Whether your visit includes fishing and canoeing, scuba diving or mountain biking, you can bet you'll never run out of new things to see. Tent camping, RV sites and yurts are available for overnight guests at this Minnesota State Park.
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Located along the North Shore of Lake Superior, high up in the state's northeast corner, sits one of the most photographed historic lighthouses in the US. A lighthouse was erected along this park's rocky beach after six barge ships sank on Lake Superior in 1905 due to incredible gale winds.
If a more secluded natural experience is what you're after, then this Minnesota State Park is perfect for you! With stunning campsites (backpack or cart-in only) along Lake Superior, you'll love the tranquility of this place. Scenic hiking trails and excellent fishing is the icing on the cake for outdoor enthusiasts!
Interstate State Park
Indicated in the name, Interstate State Park is located directly on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border just a short ways north of Minneapolis. Across the state line, you’ll find one of Wisconsin's breathtaking waterfalls.
Interstate State Park became the first shared state park in the U.S during the late 1800s to protect the fragile ecological habitat along the St. Croix River. Today visitors enjoy hiking to expansive cliff-top vistas, canoeing, kayaking and even rock climbing.
RV and tent camping are available from April through October.
Great River Bluffs State Park
Abundant wildflowers and dramatic bluff views come together to create a bird-lovers paradise at this Minnesota State Park located in the state’s southeast region along the Mississippi River.
This area, dedicated as a state park in 1976, is lovingly tended to protect the area's rich natural resources and diverse habitats while allowing visitors to stand in awe overlooking one of the Mighty Mississippi's tranquil river valleys. Be sure to pack binoculars and a camera for this adventure!
RV and tent sites are available with privacy in mind for those looking for a more secluded experience.
Blue Mounds State Park
Located in Minnesota's far southwest corner is a state park full of natural wonders, from ancient cliff sites that reach more than 100 feet above the vast plains to rare prairie grasses that were once abundant across North America.
This diverse area joined the list of Minnesota State Parks in 1961. It is home to many native plant species, including colorful wildflowers, rare prairie grasses (some reaching seven feet tall) and prickly pear cactuses that bloom in June and July.
Wildlife is just as abundant here, with blue grosbeaks, bison, elk and prairie chickens. RV and tent camping is available. Or reserve one of the state parks' two tipi sites for an utterly unique experience!
Experiences to Hold Onto
Are you ready to plan your next adventure at one of these Minnesota State Parks? You're guaranteed to make some incredible memories at any of the 75 state parks in Minnesota (whether you come across a selfie station or bring your own selfie stick)!
Yet, although a picture is worth a thousand words, be sure to pack your Minnesota State Parks Bucket Journal to jot down additional notes and experiences you'll want to remember for years to come!
We'd love to see what you are up to this summer as you explore Minnesota's State Parks. Post your selfies on our Facebook page using the hashtag #livingmybucketlife.
Which Minnesota State Park are you most excited to explore?