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 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.

All staff and customers must wear a mask or face covering and stay 6 feet apart from others. Do not enter county buildings if you are sick.

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Hunting and fishing licenses

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. Schedule an appointment

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Cross-country ski pass

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)

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

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