Heavy rain causes dangerous river conditions and impacts state parks and trails in southeastern Minnesota

Heavy rains in southeastern Minnesota have created dangerous river conditions and impacted access to some state parks and trails, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


DNR conducting aggressive treatment of Rice Lake starry stonewort

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources access on the south side of Rice Lake in Stearns County has been temporarily closed for aggressive treatment of an isolated infestation of the invasive algae starry stonewort.  Full Story


Scenic 5K at Wild River State Park in October

Fall color should be at or near its peak on Saturday, Oct. 8, during the Otter Trotter, a 5K run and walk at Wild River State Park near Center City. This is the fifth annual 5K planned and coordinated by the Friends of Wild River State Park to benefit the park.   Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in 4 Minnesota lakes

Time of year to carefully check docks and lifts

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed four new reports of zebra mussels in Minnesota lakes: Lake Sallie in Becker County; Lake Andrew in Douglas County; Lac qui Parle in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties; and Big Birch Lake in Todd and Stearns counties.   Full Story


Whitefish-tullibee sport-netting to open on northern lakes

Recreational netting for whitefish-tullibee opens on Friday, Oct. 14, on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperature, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 24.  Full Story


DNR seeks applications for statewide deer advisory committee    

People can apply to serve on a committee that will help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources develop the state’s first-ever deer management plan.  Full Story


Reminder: No whole deer carcasses allowed to enter Minnesota

Hunters who harvest deer outside the state are reminded that whole deer carcasses are no longer allowed to be brought into Minnesota from anywhere in North America.   Full Story


Take a Kid Hunting Weekend is Sept. 24-25

Small game hunting is the focus of Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Archaeology Day highlights Minnesota’s heritage at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

People who have wondered what life was like in the days of flint knapping, spear throwing and birch bark canoes, can bring their cameras and curiosity to Archaeology Day at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park on Saturday, Sept. 24.   Full Story


Funds available to improve family forests

The Department of Natural Resources has over $500,000 available for cost-share practices to improve family-owned woodlands in Minnesota. The money will be available through June 30, 2017, or until it runs out.  Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2017 walleye stamp

Artists can submit entries for the 2017 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 10, through Friday, Oct. 21.  Full Story


Access road at Roseau River WMA under construction

Hunters and other visitors to the west end of the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area in northwestern Minnesota are cautioned that the main access road from the west is under construction this fall.   Full Story


Bassmaster pros glowing over Mille Lacs fishing

Elite bass anglers from throughout the United States are experiencing first-hand this weekend what Minnesotans already should know: Mille Lacs Lake is one of the nation’s premier bass fishing destinations.  Full Story


Richfield artist wins duck stamp contest

A painting of a redhead duck by Richfield artist Timothy Turenne will be featured on the 2017 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after Turenne won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Invasive red swamp crayfish confirmed in Minnesota lake


Can be introduced from classroom or hobbyist aquariums, crayfish boils

Two red swamp crayfish have been found in Tilde Lake in Clay County in northwestern Minnesota. It is the first time the invasive species have been confirmed in a Minnesota lake, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Abundant Lake Vermilion walleye lead to possible regulation change

Lake Vermilion’s abundant, healthy walleye population is leading the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to consider a walleye regulation change starting in 2017. Full Story


Learn about grouse hunting spots with DNR online tools

Beyond a grouse hunter’s gear checklist – blaze-orange hat or vest, shotgun, pair of boots, small-game license – those with internet access who want to give grouse hunting a try have online tools available that can help make hunting plans a reality.  Full Story


Surplus permits available for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters who missed the lottery deadline for the Camp Ripley archery deer hunt can purchase surplus permits on a first-come first-served basis beginning noon on Friday, Sept. 16. Hunters who already received a permit will not be allowed to purchase a surplus permit.  Full Story


Reminder: No whole deer carcasses allowed to enter Minnesota

Hunters who harvest deer outside the state are reminded that whole deer carcasses are no longer allowed to be brought into Minnesota from anywhere in North America.   Full Story


Trip planning tools reveal the best places for fall color

It happens at about this time every year. The cause: Chlorophyll production in tree leaves slows down and stops and the leaves lose their green color. The effect: Minnesotans flock outside to behold the magnificent red, gold and orange color transformation.  Full Story


Youth Waterfowl Day is Saturday

Youth ages 15 and younger can go waterfowl hunting this Saturday, Sept. 10, on Youth Waterfowl Day, when accompanied by an adult who is not hunting.  Full Story


State pheasant index up 29 percent from last year

Another mild winter, good nesting season conditions and a slight increase in grassland habitat in the pheasant range all combined to increase Minnesota’s roadside pheasant index by 29 percent compared to last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


Lake Winnibigoshish, Rice Lake, Moose Lake starry stonewort confirmations may provide new clues

Starry stonewort, an invasive species of macro algae, has been confirmed in Lake Winnibigoshish in Itasca and Cass counties, Moose Lake in Beltrami County and Rice Lake in Stearns County.   Full Story


Tickets available for Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet

Gov. Mark Dayton invites the public to join him at a community banquet, Friday, Oct. 14, from 5-8 p.m. at the Montevideo American Legion, to celebrate the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. Full Story


Surplus prairie chicken licenses on sale starting Sept. 12

Minnesota residents who applied in the lottery to hunt prairie chickens and did not get picked to receive a permit can purchase one of four surplus prairie chicken licenses for permit area 813 starting at noon Monday, Sept. 12. The licenses will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Full Story


Walk-In Access lands open to public hunting Sept. 1

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 1, hunters can access 23,500 acres of private land across 46 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program. Full Story


DNR offers a wide range of military benefits

A wide range of military benefits are available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, with details available in a new, easy-to-use webpage at www.mndnr.gov/military. Full Story


DNR awarded $993,000 to protect coastal resources

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received a $993,000 federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fund ongoing work to protect and enhance coastal resources. Full Story


Public invited to comment on special fishing regulations

Anglers and others can give their opinions about fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed on 14 lakes and three rivers.  Full Story


Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can send samples

Study investigates whether grouse exposed to pesticide

Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can voluntarily submit samples for study by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


6 communities unite during ‘Trail in a Day’ event on Paul Bunyan State Trail

Expect big fun on Saturday, Sept. 10, when communities along the Paul Bunyan State Trail will welcome hikers, bikers and in-line skaters of all ages with food, music and other entertainment during a day-long group effort to travel the entire 115-mile length of the trail.  Full Story


Apply now for mentored upland bird hunts

Families and youth can apply now for an opportunity to hunt with experienced pheasant hunters on select days in October.  Full Story


Deer lottery application deadline is Sept. 8

Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license and apply for an antlerless permit by Thursday, Sept. 8.  Full Story


Twins offer discounts, free hat in partnership with DNR

Anyone with a 2016 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo baseball cap through a special Minnesota Twins ticket offer online on the DNR website.  Full Story


DNR fisheries seeks input on northern pike regulation proposals in Itasca County

The Grand Rapids area fisheries office of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public open-house meeting to gather input on northern pike regulations on three lakes in Itasca County. Current regulations are being reviewed for Sand, Bowstring and Round lakes (near Squaw Lake). Full Story


Aggressive treatment of Turtle Lake starry stonewort begins

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources access on Turtle Lake near Bemidji has been temporarily closed for aggressive treatment of a half-acre of starry stonewort. The access is expected to reopen before Labor Day. A nearby resort owner has volunteered his lake access as a temporary public access site while treatment options are pursued. Full Story


Starry stonewort confirmed in Upper Red Lake, Cass Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Minnesota’s third and fourth cases of the invasive algae starry stonewort, in Upper Red Lake in Beltrami County and Cass Lake, within the Leech Lake Reservation in Beltrami County. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed on Lake Minnewashta in Carver County

Close to Lake Minnetonka and other lakes with zebra mussels

Invasive species specialists with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Minnewashta, a popular recreational lake near Lake Minnetonka.   Full Story


Horse bridges at Fort Ridgely State Park undergo repair

Two damaged horse trail bridges at Fort Ridgely State Park in Fairfax will be repaired and ready for use in September and late November. The southern horse bridge over Fort Ridgely Creek is closed to pedestrians and equestrians due to a hole in the bridge decking. Repairs are underway now, and the bridge is expected to open by early September. Full Story


Richfield artist wins 2017 trout and salmon stamp contest

Richfield artist Timothy Turenne has won the 2017 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout. The painting was selected by judges from among 11 submissions for the annual contest.   Full Story


DNR appoints Rita Albrecht as northwest regional director

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr has appointed long-time public servant Rita Albrecht as the DNR’s northwest regional director in Bemidji.  Full Story


DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season Sept. 6

Estimated hooking mortality harvest exceeds quota by more than 16,000 pounds

After eight Chippewa bands expressed strong concerns, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will close the Mille Lacs Lake catch-and-release walleye season on Tuesday, Sept. 6.  Full Story


DNR begins work on statewide deer management plan


Citizen participation encouraged

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has begun work on a new statewide deer management plan – a multi-phase project that will emphasize opportunities for citizen input and involvement.  Full Story


Small game hunter survey results released

About the same number of small game hunters took to the field in 2015 compared to the year before. By species, the number of pheasant hunters was up slightly, with duck hunters stable and grouse hunters down slightly, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game survey.  Full Story