Summer is the perfect time to visit Minnesota State Parks and now navigating the woods and water with your mobile device is even easier, thanks to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

According to the DNR:

Cartographers in the Parks and Trails Division have recently upgraded nearly all of the maps for Minnesota state parks, state water trails, off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails and public water access sites to geospatial (location-referenced) PDF files (or GeoPDFs for short). State trail and snowmobile trail maps will be available in about a month.

To best utilize the maps, you should get Avenza Maps, a GeoPDF reader app, which is available for free from the App Store for iPhones and through the Google Play Store for Android devices.

While you will need internet service to download the app, you will not need internet or even cell service for the app to work on your mobile device once downloaded.  This is crucial because a lot of times when you need help navigating woods or water, such services may be unavailable.

Get complete details, including downloading instructions, through the link below.