Trail/Park FeesDecember 8, 2005
Many parks and trails systems require some sort of pass -- and sometimes, a combination of passes. We'll try to break down some of the most common fees, but remember to always check with each park/trail system before heading out.
Most private trails require some sort of fee. If the trails are located on the property of a resort, access may be available only to resort guests (or for a small fee). Please check with the operators before skiing. Note: Central and Upper Gunflint trails fall into this category.
Many trail systems are supported in large part by skier donations. Look for a donation box at the trailhead.
- Minnesota State Parks - If you plan to park at any Minnesota State Park, you'll need a vehicle permit. And a Minnesota Ski Pass.
- Minnesota Ski Pass - Required for most public ski trails in Minnesota, including the state parks and many local trail systems.
Regional Parks Systems
- Three Rivers Park District Ski Pass - A cross-country ski pass is required for skiers ages 12 and older. Daily and season passes are available. Parking is free. The Minnesota Ski Pass is not required.
- Minneapolis Ski Pass - A cross-country ski pass is required for skiers ages 12 and older. Daily and season passes are available. Parking is free.
- Washington County Parks and Ski Pass - A parking permit is required. A Washington County Parks Ski Pass is also required. Minnesota Ski Pass is not required.
- Anoka County Parks - A parking permit is required. Minnesota Ski Pass is required.
- Carver County Parks - No county permit/fee is required. Minnesota Ski Pass is required.
- Dakota County Parks Ski Pass - A Dakota County Park ski pass is required. Minnesota Ski Pass is not required.
- University of Minnesota - The University of Minnesota Golf Course requires a daily or annual ski pass.
- Wisconsin State Parks/Trails - If you plan to park at any Wisconsin State Park, you'll need a vehicle permit. This permit is also require for a number of trail systems within Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin State Trail Pass - A number of state trails, including many ski trails at Wisconsin State Parks, also require a State Trail Pass.
- Birkie Trail Pass - The pass covers the Birkie and North End trails, and can be purchased at local ski shops, the trailheads, and online.
- Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest User Pass - Trail systems maintained by US Forest Service in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest require a user pass (daily or annual). This covers a number of trails in northern Wisconsin.
Regional Parks Systems
- Noquemanon Trail Network - A NTN trail pass arm band or daily pass is required for this trail network.