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Recreation license or permit

Get ready to enjoy the great outdoors in Minnesota.

COVID-19 response

Apply online when possible. If you need in-person help, please review the requirements and schedule an appointment. Appointments can be scheduled up to 90 days in advance. If your preferred location is not available, try another.

Walk-in services are not available. Anyone without an appointment will be asked to leave.

Requirements when visiting county buildings

  • All visitors to county facilities who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face coverings.
  • Fully vaccinated people do not have to wear face coverings in county buildings, but are welcome to do so.
  • Fully vaccinated means that it has been 14 days after the last dose in a person's vaccine series. Children under 5 are exempt from this requirement.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not enter county facilities.
  • You do not have to be vaccinated to enter a county facility.
  • Learn more about requirements when visiting county buildings.
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Unless exempt, all individuals 16 and older must purchase a license to hunt and fish in Minnesota. Fishing licenses are valid from March 1 to April 30 the following year and hunting licenses are valid from March 1 to February 28 the following year.

How to apply

  1. Apply online with the MN DNR, or
  2. Review the requirements and schedule an appointment

Additional information

Anyone over the age of 16 on ski trails in state parks, trails or forests, or in grant-in-aid trails, must have a Minnesota ski pass. You must sign your pass and carry it with you when skiing.

How to apply


  • Daily pass: $6
  • Season pass: $20 (effective July 1 to June 30 of following year, i.e. 07/01/2010 - 06/30/2011)
  • 3-season pass: $55 (effective July 1 to June 30 of third year, i.e. 07/01/2010 - 06/30/2013)

More information

Your ski pass fee helps support Minnesota's cross-country ski trail system.

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