MN DNR launches Yodel app for park payments

Next time you hit one of Minnesota’s 75 state parks or recreation areas, there’s a new way to pay for your fun.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is modernizing payment options by discontinuing the use of on-site self-payment collection boxes. There will instead be electronic payment options, including the Yodel app.

Yodel is currently available for some transactions in state parks, recreation areas, and forest campgrounds. The DNR has a full guide on the Parks & Trails payment options page. Throughout the summer camping season, expect to see more features added to the Yodel app.

In-person transactions at park offices and online registrations are still active, in addition to Yodel.

Campgrounds in state forests do not have staffed offices. Visitors should follow instructions on signs in campgrounds to pay camping fees via Yodel, or by mailing in the fees if payment via Yodel is not possible. As always, vehicle permits are not required for visitors to state forest campgrounds.