UNDATED (WJON News) -- June is "Great Outdoors Month" in Minnesota.

Governor Tim Walz and the Department of Natural Resources are encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the state's outdoors.

The designation also comes on the heels of $110-million in one-time investments from the state legislature to modernize recreation amenities.

There is $25-million to improve outdoor recreation access, $5-million to modernize camping, $35-million for boat access improvements, another $35-million for fish hatcheries and fish infrastructure, and $10-million to restore streams and modernize water-related infrastructure.

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During this month, the DNR is offering special programs and incentives.

From June 9-11 is the annual Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend where Minnesotans 16-years and older can take a kid fishing without a license.

That same weekend is also a no-registration ATV riding weekend on motorized state and Grant-in-Aid trails.

Saturday, June 10th, the DNR is hosting a Free Park Day which allows free entrance to all 75 state parks and recreation areas in Minnesota.  The Free Park Day covers the parking fee but not the cost of any of the programs within the parks or recreation areas.




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