Minnesota State Park and Recreation Area Development

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,151,874
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,762,912
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,313,796
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,798,525
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,369,007
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,273,100
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,190,000
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2010
Activity Type
Capital Development/Rehabilitation
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017, Regular Session, Ch. 91, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

$16,584,000 the first year and $18,891,000 the second year are for state parks, recreation areas, and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,151,874
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, First Special Session, Ch. 2, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

$17,237,000 the first year and $18,067,000 the second year are for state parks, recreation areas, and trails to:
(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,762,912
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation. Additionally, to enhance the energy efficiency of our recreation facilities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY17 (the second year of the biennium), we completed and opened a major new state-of-the-art campground at Whitewater State Park. Legacy fully funded the planning and construction of the Minneiska Campground , which opened in September, 2017. The campground features 40 sites with electrical hookups, four non-electric tent sites, four camper cabins and three group camps. Innovations include a 40 kW solar array that will offset anticipated increases in energy use at the new campground, and group camps with dedicated picnic shelters and mixed RV and tent sitesAdditionally, Cuyuna State Recreation Area added 3.4 miles of trail (Huntington and Pennington projects), and developed the mountain bike skills area. Construction on a paved trail connection from Father Hennepin State Park to the Soo Line South Trail began in 2017, and will be completed in 2018. Legacy funds augmented the funds raised the Friends of Maplewood for a new sugarshack at Maplewood State Park.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, First Special Session, Ch. 2, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

$17,237,000 the first year and $18,067,000 the second year are for state parks, recreation areas, and trails to:
(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,313,796
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation. Additionally, to enhance the energy efficiency of our recreation facilities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY16 (the first year of the biennium), we began a major new state-of-the-art campground at Whitewater State Park, and made progress on state park projects such as expansion of mountain biking opportunities at Cuyuna State Rec Area, and a paved trail connection from Father Hennepin State Park to the Soo Line South Trail. Many projects begun in FY16 will be completed in FY17 (second year of the biennium).

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

$16,821,000 the first year and $16,953,000 the second year are for state parks, recreation areas, and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,798,525
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation. Additionally, to enhance the energy efficiency of our recreation facilities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Projects include a new group camp at Lake Bemidji State Park, a new day use/picnic area at LaSalle State Recreation Area, a new amphitheater at Itasca State Park, new trail development at Cuyuna State Recreation Area, bison fencing and water supply at Minneopa State Park, and campsite electrification projects at Scenic, Cascade, Sibley, Camden, and Blue Mounds State Parks.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

$16,821,000 the first year and $16,953,000 the second year are for state parks, recreation areas, and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,369,007
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation. Additionally, to enhance the energy efficiency of our recreation facilities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Projects included a new bike trail in Glendalough State Park, new camper cabins in Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, installation of features to allow for canoe-in camping on Beers Island in Maplewood State Park, and new yurts in Cuyuna State Recreation Area, and Afton and Glendalough State Parks.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 the second year are for state parks, recreation areas, and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,273,100
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation. Additionally, to enhance the energy efficiency of our recreation facilities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Projects including a new trail center at Bear Head Lake State Park, a water treatment facility at Soudan Underground Mine, and electricity to campsites at various state parks.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 the second year are for state parks, recreation areas, and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,190,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation. Additionally, to enhance the energy efficiency of our recreation facilities.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Projects included camper cabins at Lake Bemidji State Park, and solar arrays installed in Itasca, Lake Maria, and Bear Head Lake State Parks.

Project Overview

There are 67 Minnesota State Parks and 7 Minnesota State Recreation areas that each have facilities to serve outdoor recreation users. Funds in this category are used for developing new facilities and include visitor centers, trail centers, roads, parking lots, bridges, campgrounds, and so on.

Project Manager
First Name
Stacy
Last Name
Smith
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
City
St. Paul
Zip Code
55155
Phone
651-259-5649
Email
stacy.smith@state.mn.us