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Campsites at Gooseberry Falls State Park, Tettegouche State Park and other Minnesota state parks on the North Shore are currently “full” for Memorial Day Weekend, but hundreds of previously unreservable sites at these parks will become available and reservable early next week.

The additional sites will open up not just for the holiday weekend, but for the entire camping season. Tuesday, May 3, the additional campsites in these and all the other state parks will be made available in three “batches,” based on Minnesota’s tourism regions.

Tuesday, May 3: State parks in southern Minnesota and Twin Cities metro area.

Wednesday, May 4: State parks in central and northwestern Minnesota.

Thursday, May 5: State parks in northeastern Minnesota. It used to be that visitors without prior reservations would show up at the park entrance on busy weekends in hopes of getting one of the “first come, first served” sites,
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but there was no guarantee of getting one. Now the DNR is going to start taking reservations for those sites, which typically make up 25 to 30 percent of the total sites at each campground.

The change comes as the result of a pilot project in 2014 and 2015, when about 20 percent of Minnesota’s state parks made all of their campsites reservable. Based on the positive response from customers, the Parks and Trails Division decided to expand the service statewide.

“As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails in 2016, we have lots to look back on with great pride,” said Erika Rivers, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division, “but we’re also looking ahead to the future with the aim of continuously improving our operations and customer service. Making every site reservable in advance so that no one has to leave their plans to chance is just one of the customer service improvements at Minnesota state parks and trails this year.”

Other customer service improvements rolling out May 3 include:

Same day reservations. For spontaneous travelers and families with busy schedules, same day reservations will be available with no reservation fee at most Minnesota state parks and recreation areas included in the reservation system (a few parks will require technical upgrades before implementing the change. Previously, the cut off for making reservations was midnight the night before arrival day. Know before you go. Cell phone coverage and Wi fi can be unpredictable at parks, so it’s best to make a reservation before arrival.
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