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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.

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.

When you visit county buildings

Required face coverings

  • All visitors to Hennepin County buildings are required to wear face coverings that cover both mouth and nose.
  • Face coverings can include a paper or disposable face mask, a cloth face mask, a scarf, a bandanna, a neck gaiter, or a religious face covering.
  • A face shield alone is not sufficient. Visitors who wear a face shield are required to wear a face covering underneath it.
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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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