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Create your own adventure with our pre-planned trip profiles! They are the perfect resource for everything you need to make a trip happen, from expert suggestions to trip equipment and everything in between. It's so easy to get out and explore everything nature has to offer!

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Outdoor Programs Trip Profiles

Badlands National Park: Interior, SD

Location:
Badlands National Park
25216 Ben Reifel Road
Interior, SD 57750
605.433.5361

Activities:
Hiking & Backpacking

Distance from Campus:
420 Miles (4.5 Hours)

Entry Fee:
$7.00/Person OR $15.00/Vehicle

Important Links:

Gear Available to Rent:

  • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
  • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Backpack
  • Camp Pot Set
  • Cooler
  • Lantern
  • Camp Grill

Banning State Park: Sandstone, MN

Location:
Banning State Park
P.O. Box 643
Sandstone, MN 55072
320.245.2668

Activities:
White Water Kayaking, Climbing, Camping, & Hiking

Distance from Campus:
280 Miles (5 Hours)

Entry Fee:
$4.00/Person OR $6.00/Vehicle

Camping Fee:
$14/Night (do not take reservations)
$50/Night (requires a reservation)

Important Links:

Gear Available to Rent:

  • Crash Pad
  • Cooler
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Lantern
  • Chalk Bag
  • Cornhole
  • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
  • Ladder Ball
  • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
  • Spikeball
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Bocce Ball
  • Camp Grill
  • Camp Pot Set
Barn Bluff: Red Wing, MN

Location:
Red Wing, Minnesota
315 West 4th Street
Red Wing, MN 55066
651.385.3600

Activities:
Climbing & Hiking

Distance from Campus:
237 Miles (4.3 Hours)

Entry Fee:
N/A

Important Links:

Gear Available to Rent:

  • Crash Pad
  • Climbing Shoes
  • Chalk Bag
  • Helmet
  • Rope
  • Carabiners, quickdraws, belay devices, etc.
Bighorn National Forest: Sheridan, WY

Location:
Bighorn National Forest
2013 Eastside 2nd Street
Sheridan, WY 82801
307.674.2600

Activities:
Hiking

Distance from Campus:
630 miles (8.5 Hours)

Entry Fee:
$0 (Fees may be charged and permits required for certain activities and uses, such as camping in developed campgrounds.)

Important Links:

Gear Available to Rent:

  • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
  • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Camp Grill
  • Camp Pot Set
  • Cooler
  • Lantern
    Black Elk Peak: Custer, SD

    Location:
    Black Elk Wilderness
    Custer State Park 13329 US HWY 16A
    Custer, SD 57730
    605.255.4515

    Activities:
    Hiking

    Distance from Campus:
    427 Miles (6.1 Hours)

    Entry Fee:
    None (May have to pay for fees if entering through Custer State Park)

    Important Links:

    Gear Available to Rent:

    • Backpack
    • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
    • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
    • Sleeping Pad
    • Camp Grill
    • Camp Pot Set
    • Cooler
    • Lantern
    • Fishing Pole
    Black Elk Wilderness: Custer, SD

    Location:
    Black Elk Wilderness
    Black Hills National Forest
    1019 N. 5th Street
    Custer, SD 57730
    605.673.9200

    Activities:
    Hiking, Camping, Climbing, Backpack, Paddle, & Mountain Bike

    Distance from Campus:
    430 Miles (6.5 Hours)

    Entry Fee:
    Free, but check out link for permit options

    Camping Fee:
    Varies according to season and campground

    Important Links:

    Gear Available to Rent:

    • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
    • Cornhole
    • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
    • Ladder Ball
    • Sleeping Pad
    • Spikeball
    • Camp Grill
    • Bocce Ball
    • Camp Pot Set
    • Nordic Ski Package
    • Snowshoes
    • Crash Pads
    • Canoe Package
    • Kayak Package
    • Climbing Shoes
    • Chalk Bags
    Blue Mounds State Park: Jasper, MN

    Location:
    Blue Mounds State Park
    336 50th Avenue
    Jasper, MN 56144
    507.348.7908

    Activities:
    Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Snowshoeing, & Climbing 

    Distance from Campus:
    70 Miles (1.5 Hours)

    Entry Fee:
    $4.00/Person OR $6.00/Vehicle

    Camping Fee:
    Refer to the Camping & Lodging fees link below

    Important Links:

    Gear Available to Rent:

    • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
    • Cooler
    • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
    • Lantern
    • Sleeping Pad
    • Cornhole
    • Camp Grill
    • Ladder Ball
    • Camp Pot Set
    • Spikeball
    • Snowshoe
    • Bocce Ball
      Camden State Park: Lloyd, MN

      Location:
      Camden State Park
      1897 Camden Park Road
      Lynd, MN 56157
      507.865.4530

      Activities:
      Hiking, Camping, XC Ski, & Snowshoeing

      Distance from Campus:
      50 Miles (1 Hour)

      Entry Fee:
      $4.00/Person OR $6.00/Vehicle

      Camping Fee:
      $15/Night (Non-Electric)
      $19/Night (Electric)
      $40 (Camping Cabin)

      Important Links:

      Gear Available to Rent:

      • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
      • Cornhole
      • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
      • Ladder Ball
      • Sleeping Pad
      • Spikeball
      • Camp Grill
      • Bocce Ball
      • Camp Pot Set
      • Nordic Ski Package
      • Snowshoes
      Chippewa River: Milan MN

        Location (Put-In):
        40th Street & Chippewa River
        Milan, MN 56262
        GPS: 45.079491, -95.785705

        Location (Take-Out 1):
        Lions Park
        1st Street West & Chippewa River
        Watson, MN 56295
        GPS: 45.023090, -95.791158

        Activities:
        Paddling & Floating

        Adequate Water Levels:
        Gage Height (Watson, MN– 38-42 Feet)
        Check out Link Below for water levels

        Seasonal Access:
        Spring/Early Summer/After Heavy Rain

        Distance from Campus:
        100 Miles (2 Hours)

        Entry Fee: 
        Free

        Important Links

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Canoes
        • Kayaks
        • Lifejackets (PFDs)
        • Canoe Paddles
        • Kayak Paddles
        • Dry Bags
        • Boat Trailer
        • Fishing Pole
        Custer State Park: Custer, SD

        Location:
        Custer State Park
        13329 US Hwy 16A
        Custer, SD 57730
        (605) 255-4515

        Activities:
        Climbing, Hiking, & Camping

        Distance from Campus:
        415 Miles (6 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $3/Person OR $20/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        $21/Night (Non-Electric)
        $25/Night (Electric)
        $50 (Camping Cabin)

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Crash Pad
        • Cooler
        • Climbing Shoes
        • Lantern
        • Chalk Bag
        • Cornhole
        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Spikeball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Bocce Ball
        • Camp Grill
        • Camp Pot Set
        Farm Island Recreation Area: Pierre, SD

        Location:
        Farm Island Recreation Area
        523 E Capital Ave
        Pierre, SD 57501

        Activities:
        Hiking, Camping, XC Ski, & Snowshoeing

        Distance from Campus:
        200 Miles (3.5 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $4.00/Person OR $6.00/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        $15/Night (Non-Electric)
        $19/Night (Electric)
        $40 (Camping Cabin)

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Cornhole
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Spikeball
        • Camp Grill
        • Bocce Ball
        • Camp Pot Set
        • Nordic Ski Package
        • Snowshoes
        • Canoe Package
        • Kayak Package
        Gooseberry Falls State Park: Two Harbors, MN

        Location:
        Gooseberry Falls State Park
        3206 Highway 61 East
        Two Harbors, MN 55616
        218.595.7100

        Activities:
        Hiking & Camping

        Distance from Campus:
        376 Miles/6 Hours and 24 minutes

        Entry Fee:
        $4.00/Person OR $6.00/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        $15/Night (Non-Electric)
        $19/Night (Electric)
        $40/Night (Camping Cabin)
        $19/Night (Horse Camp)

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Canoe Package
        • Cooler
        • Kayak Package
        • Lantern
        • Dry Bag
        • Cornhole
        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Spikeball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Bocce Ball
        • Fishing Pole
        • Camp Grill
        • Camp Pot Set
        Hiawatha National Forest: Gladstone, MI

        Location:
        Hiawatha National Forest
        820 Rains Drive
        Gladstone, MI 49837
        906.428.5800

        Activities:
        Hiking

        Distance from Campus:
        578 Miles (9.5 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $80.00 for an annual pass, good for access to all federal recreational land.

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Camp Grill
        • Camp Pot Set
        • Cooler
        • Lantern
        Maplewood State Park: Pelican Rapids, MN

        Location:
        Maplewood State Park
        39721 Park Entrance Road
        Pelican Rapids, MN 56572
        218.863.8383

        Activities:
        Hiking, Camping, Backpacking, Paddling, & Cross Country Skiing

        Distance from Campus:
        200 Miles (3 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $7.00/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        Campsites: $17 - $23/Night
        Yurts: $50 - $65/Night

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Cornhole
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Spikeball
        • Camp Grill
        • Bocce Ball
        • Camp Pot Set
        • Nordic Ski Package
        • Snowshoes
        • Canoe Package
        • Kayak Package
        Missouri River: Yankton, SD

        Location (Put-In):
        508 East 2nd St.
        Yankton, SD 57031
        605.665.0209

        Activities:
        Paddling & Floating

        Adequate Water Levels:
        Gage Height – 4 Feet
        CFS (Cubic Feet/Second) – 500 CFS
        Check out Link Below for water levels

        Seasonal Access:
        Spring/Early Summer/After Heavy Rain

        Distance from Campus:
        131 Miles  (2 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $4.00/Person OR $6.00/Vehicle
        Free if using the bridge at 483rd & 257th

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Canoes
        • Kayaks
        • Lifejackets (PFDs)
        • Canoe Paddles
        • Kayak Paddles
        • Dry Bags
        • Boat Trailer
        • Fishing Pole
        Newton Hills State Park: Canton, SD

        Location:
        Newton Hills State Park
        28767 482nd Avenue
        Canton, SD 57013
        605.987.2263

        Activities:
        Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Hunting, & Boating

        Distance from Campus:
        89.7 Miles (1.3 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $4.00/Person OR $6.00/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        $15/Night (Non-Electric)
        $19/Night (Electric)
        $40/Night (Camping Cabin)
        $19/Night (Horse Camp)

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Canoe Package
        • Cooler
        • Kayak Package
        • Lantern
        • Dry Bag
        • Cornhole
        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Spikeball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Bocce Ball
        • Fishing Pole
        • Camp Grill
        • Camp Pot Set
        Niobrara National Scenic River: Valentine, NE

        Location:
        Niobrara National Scenic River
        214 W US Highway 20
        Valentine, NE 69201
        402.376.1901

        Activities:
        Hiking/Camping/Paddling

        Distance from Campus:
        320 Miles (4.6 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $1.00/Per Person Daily Launch Fee from Ft. Niobrara NWR

        Important Links:
        Niobrara National Scenic River Website
        Paddling Information
        Outfitter/Shuttle/Riverside Camping Information
        • Camping Information  at Smith Falls State Park: Call Reservation Call Center - 402.471.1414

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Camp Grill
        • Camp Pot Set
        • Dry Bags
        • Canoe Package
        • Kayak Package
        Oakwood Lakes State Park: Bruce, SD

        Location:
        Oakwood Lakes State Park
        20247 Oakwood Shoreline Drive
        Bruce, SD 57220
        605.627.5441

        Activities:
        Hiking, Camping,Canoeing, & Kayaking

        Distance from Campus:
        20 Miles (0.5 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $4.00/Person OR $6.00/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        $15/Night (Non-Electric)
        $19/Night (Electric)
        $40 (Camping Cabin)

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Cornhole
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Spikeball
        • Camp Grill
        • Bocce Ball
        • Camp Pot Set
        • Canoe Package
        • Kayak Package
        Palisades State Park: Garretson, SD

        Location:
        Palisades State Park
        25495 485th Avenue
        Garretson, SD 57030
        605.594.3824

        Activities:
        Climbing, Hiking, & Camping

        Distance from Campus:
        60 Miles (1 Hour)

        Entry Fee:
        $4.00/Person OR $6.00/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        $15/Night (Non-Electric)
        $19/Night (Electric)
        $40 (Camping Cabin)

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Crash Pad
        • Cooler
        • Climbing Shoes
        • Lantern
        • Chalk Bag
        • Cornhole
        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Spikeball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Bocce Ball
        • Camp Grill
        • Camp Pot Set
        Shadehill Recreation Area: Shadehill, SD

        Location:
        Grand River
        19150 Summerville Road
        Shadehill, SD 57638
        605.374.5114

        Activities:
        Paddling, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Swimming, & Volleyball

        Distance from Campus:
        362 Miles (5.75 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $6/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        $21/Night (Electric)
        $45 (Cabin)

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Canoes
        • Cooler
        • Kayaks
        • Lifejackets (PFDs)
        • Canoe Paddles
        • Kayak Paddles
        • Fishing Poles
        • Lantern
        • Dry Bags
        • Boat Trailer
        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Spikeball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Bocce Ball
        • Camp Grill
        • Camp Pot Set
        • Outdoor Volleyball
        Sica Hollow State Park: Sisseton, SD

        Location:
        Sica Hollow State Park
        44950 Park Road
        Sisseton, SD 57262
        605.448.5701

        Activities:
        Hiking, Camping, Mountain Biking, & Snowshoeing

        Distance from Campus:
        120 Miles (2 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $4.00/Person OR $6.00/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        $15/Night (Non-Electric)
        $19/Night (Electric)
        $40 (Camping Cabin)

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Cornhole
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Spikeball
        • Camp Grill
        • Bocce Ball
        • Camp Pot Set
        • Snowshoes
        Smith Falls State Park: Valentine, NE

        Location:
        Smith Falls State Park
        90165 Smith Falls Road
        Valentine, NE 69201
        402.376.1306

        Activities:
        Hiking, Camping, Fishing, & Paddling

        Distance from Campus:
        311 Miles (4.5 hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $8.00/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        Call for camping prices: 402.376.1306

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Cooler
        • Lantern
        • Cornhole
        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Spikeball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Bocce Ball
        • Camp Grill
        • Camp Pot Set
        Spearfish Canyon: Spearfish, SD

        Location:
        Spearfish Canyon
        US highway 14

        Activities:
        Climbing/Hiking/Camping

        Distance from Campus:
        436 miles / 6 Hour

        Entry Fee:
        Free

        Camping Fee:
        Free to camp in USNF

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Crash Pad
        • Cooler
        • Climbing Shoes
        • Lantern
        • Chalk Bag
        • Cornhole
        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Spikeball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Bocce Ball
        • Camp Grill
        • Disc Golf Package
        • Camp Pot Set
        Split Rock Creek State Park: Jasper, MN

        Location:
        Split Rock Creek State Park
        336 50th Avenue
        Jasper, MN 56144
        507.348.7908

        Activities:
        Hiking/Camping/Fishing/Snowshoe

        Distance from Campus:
        50.4 Miles (0.8 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        $4.00/Person OR $6.00/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        Refer to the Camping & Lodging fees link below

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Cooler
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Lantern
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Cornhole
        • Camp Grill
        • Ladder Ball
        • Camp Pot Set
        • Spikeball
        • Snowshoe
        • Bocce Ball
        Theodore Roosevelt National Park: Medora, ND

        Location:
        Theodore Roosevelt National Park
        PO Box 7
        Medora, ND 58645
        701.623.4466

        Activities:
        Hiking/Camping/Fishing/Hunting/Boating
        Distance from Campus:
        507 Miles / 6 Hours 50 Minutes

        Entry Fee:
        $10.00/Person OR $20.00/Vehicle

        Camping Fee:
        $14/Night (Individual Site)
        $30/Night (Group Site)
        $7/Night (Individual Site – Winter Season)

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Canoe Package
        • Cooler
        • Kayak Package
        • Lantern
        • Dry Bag
        • Cornhole
        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Spikeball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Bocce Ball
        • Fishing Pole
        • Camp Grill
        • Camp Pot Set
        Voyageurs National Park: International Falls, MN

        Location:
        Voyageurs National Park
        360 Hwy 11 East
        International Falls, MN 56649
        218.283.6600

        Activities:
        Hiking, Camping, & Fishing

        Distance from Campus:
        435 Miles (7 Hours)

        Entry Fee:
        None

        Camping Fee:
        (May 15 – September 30 Season)
        Small Campsite / $16 per night
        Large Campsite / $24 per night
        Group Campsite / $35 per night
        Backcountry Campsite / $16 per night
        (October 1 – May 14 Season)
        All campsites are free

        Important Links:

        Gear Available to Rent:

        • Canoe Package
        • Cooler
        • Kayak Package
        • Lantern
        • Dry Bag
        • Cornhole
        • Tent: 2-Person/3-Person/4-Person
        • Ladder Ball
        • Sleeping Bag (0 Degree)
        • Spikeball
        • Sleeping Pad
        • Bocce Ball
        • Fishing Pole
        • Camp Grill
        • Camp Pot Set