Free weekend in Minnesota
It's a great time to visit parks and try fishing spots.
© Beth Gauper
A family goes for a hike in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park near Northfield.
The second weekend in June is a good time to try something new in Minnesota.
Many parks are holding special events, such as bird and flower hikes and geocaching and fishing programs.
There will be a fur-trade encampment at Wild River, a beginner's canoeing program at the new Lake Vermilion, an amazing Get Outdoors Day race at Itasca, a Family Outdoor Fair at Whitewater and Outdoor Adventure Day at Jay Cooke.
At Gooseberry Falls, there's bocce ball on the beach and a guided waterfall hike.
Also on the North Shore, Split Rock Lighthouse historical site
will have an open house June 8, along with the state park.
June 8-10 is Take a Kid Fishing Weekend in Minnesota. State residents 16 and older can fish for free when the accompany an angler 15 and under.
In Michigan, June 8-9 is Free Fishing Weekend. All license fees are waived.
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