Minnesotans will soon have a new way to display their affection for state parks and trails.
Beginning Dec. 1, driver and vehicle services around the state will offer a specialty license plate that benefits Minnesota state parks and trails.
“Purchasing the new license plates will be a great way to show everyone on the road that you ‘go the extra mile’ to support Minnesota state parks and trails,” says DNR Parks and Trails Division Director Erika Rivers.
While proceeds from the specialty plate will benefit parks and trails, those who purchase the plate will also benefit.
The plates provide unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for the year. A vehicle permit won’t be needed. The vehicle permit costs $25.
The new plates start at $60, plus tax. The total includes a one-time $10 fee for the plate itself and a minimum $50 contribution. The plate is renewable annually.
The design of the plate shows a canoe surrounded by the state’s four seasons. Michelle Vesaas of Coon Rapids designed the plate, winning a contest that took place earlier in the year.
The contest was part of the 125th anniversary of Minnesota’s state parks and trails. Vesaas’ design was one of 80 entries in the contest. Other Minnesota specialty license plates feature loon, moose and deer. There are nine critical habitat license plates available.