Clean In, Clean Out helps protect lakes this holiday weekend

The Independence Day weekend ahead is one of the busiest of the Minnesota boating and fishing season. The Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to plan a little extra time for making sure boats and equipment are clean going in and clean coming out of lakes and rivers to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Full Story


Mille Lacs bass anglers encouraged to submit fishing reports

Mille Lacs Lake bass anglers can help state fisheries managers learn even more about the lake’s top-notch bass fishery by submitting their fishing reports online, a service provided through a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota BASS Nation. Full Story


Apply by Aug. 19 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply starting Friday, July 1, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 19. Full Story


Wildlife Drive opening at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area

The 27-mile Wildlife Drive through the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located 20 miles northwest of Roseau, will be open to vehicle travel from Saturday, July 16, through Sunday, July 24. The drive traverses wetland, woodland, brushland and farmland habitats, providing visitors ample opportunity to view wildlife. Full Story


Reminder: Twins offer free hat through 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 at www.mndnr.gov/twins. Full Story


DNR deems Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project environmental impact statement adequate

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has determined that the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project meets the state’s standards for adequacy.  Full Story


Duck numbers up, Canada goose numbers down since last year

Population counts are up for several species of ducks that breed in Minnesota, according to the results of the annual Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spring waterfowl surveys.  Full Story


DNR urges people to use water wisely in summer months

The month of July is, on average, the warmest of the year and is a time when many lawn sprinkler systems are running regularly. During this warm summer season, the Department of Natural Resources reminds people to use water wisely.   Full Story


DNR promotes 4 conservation officers

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has promoted four conservation officers. Full Story


Karlstad Fire Department receives fire truck through DNR Rural Fire Program

The Karlstad Fire Department in northwestern Minnesota now has a significant upgrade to its fire fleet courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources’ Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program.  Full Story


Online voting for a new parks and trails license plate begins June 27

Three finalists in the contest to design a Minnesota state parks and trails license plate were revealed this morning, and online voting to select a winner has begun. Full Story


‘Operation Dry Water’ enhanced BWI enforcement in effect statewide, June 24-26

In an effort to curb alcohol- and drug-related boating accidents and deaths, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and hundreds of other public safety officers are ramping up patrols for intoxicated boaters this weekend, June 24-26. Full Story


Southern Minnesota celebrates new state water trail this weekend

Paddling enthusiasts and others are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Minnesota’s newest state water trail — Shell Rock River State Water Trail — on Saturday, June 25, at 12:30 p.m. in Frank Hall Park, Albert Lea.   Full Story


DNR decides not to rebuild Blue Mounds State Park dam

Agency seeks citizen involvement to reshape park’s future
The Department of Natural Resources has decided against rebuilding the dam and lake reservoir at Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne in southwestern Minnesota, citing concerns about water quality, endangered species and other factors. Full Story


Same day, different rivers: Catfish and sturgeon are first records

Two anglers had a big day May 8 when they reeled in, measured, photographed and released huge fish – one caught a lake sturgeon, the other a flathead catfish – leading both to set the first catch-and-release records in an expanded Minnesota state record fish program. Full Story


Take advantage of great summer fishing – buy a license

Fishing has been excellent this season and snagging a fishing license opens the door to fishing opportunities throughout the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


Only approved firewood allowed on state lands

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to remind visitors that only approved firewood is allowed on lands managed by the DNR, such as state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Firewood restrictions will help prevent the introduction or spread of damaging forest pests, including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and oak wilt. Full Story


DNR schedules first advisory group meeting for Sand Dunes State Forest

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold the first in a series of monthly meetings to share information and gather feedback about management of the Sand Dunes State Forest, located in central Sherburne County, about 3 miles west of Zimmerman. Full Story


DNR extends Fort Ridgely State Park golf season to Sept. 5

DNR commits to park’s future by forming Citizen Advisory Committee as interest in golf wanes

The Department of Natural Resources has agreed to keep the golf course open at Fort Ridgely State Park in Fairfax through Labor Day weekend.  Full Story


Learn to mountain bike at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

Experience the fun of mountain biking during introductory skill-building programs at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton, about 140 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. Full Story


Women can learn how to catch walleye from a pro

Women can learn how to fish for walleye from pro angler Mandy Uhrich and participate in a four-hour guided fishing trip on Leech Lake – a destination well-known for outstanding walleye fishing.
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License affirmation reinforces Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws

Minnesota boaters and nonresident anglers renewing their licenses will now need to sign a card affirming they know the state’s aquatic invasive species laws.   Full Story


Groundwater sampling planned for Morrison County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect and analyze water samples from about 90 wells in Morrison County this summer. Full Story


Anglers can keep 4 walleye on Upper Red Lake starting June 15

Anglers on Upper Red Lake in northwestern Minnesota will be allowed to keep an additional walleye in their daily bag limit starting Wednesday, June 15.  Full Story


Loon survey volunteers needed in northern Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to help monitor the loon population in Becker, Otter Tail, Aitkin, Crow Wing and Itasca counties in northern Minnesota. Volunteers observe loons for one morning during the June 24 to July 4 monitoring period.  Full Story


Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is June 10-12

It’s Take a Kid Fishing Weekend in Minnesota Friday, June 10, to Sunday, June 12, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Roemhildt to lead 2 grassland habitat programs

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Scott Roemhildt, who has nearly 30 years of experience building bridges between agriculture and conservation, coordinator of the Walk-In Access and Roadsides for Wildlife programs. Full Story


Youth can get 3 free months of Outdoor News

Youth ages 11-17 who successfully complete their firearms safety certification will receive a complimentary three-month subscription to Minnesota Outdoor News under a partnership between the weekly newspaper and the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Volunteers needed in Itasca County for DNR loon survey

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking volunteers to help monitor the loon population in Itasca County in northeastern Minnesota. Volunteers are needed for one day during the June 24 through July 4 monitoring period. Full Story


Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is June 10-12

Minnesotans can take children 15 or younger fishing without licenses on Friday, June 10, to Sunday, June 12, during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend.  Full Story


Calling all campers! Sleep under the stars as part of state parks and trails ‘Total Takeover’ event

For the first time, every campsite at Minnesota state park and recreation areas will be occupied on one night during the historic “Total Takeover,” on Saturday, June 11. At least that’s the plan. Full Story


Iron Range Rally celebrates motorized recreational trails

Off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts are invited to participate in the Iron Range Rally Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Iron Range Off-highway Vehicle State Recreation Area in Gilbert. The event is free and is open to all classes of off-highway vehicles. Full Story


Motorists beware: Minnesota turtles now crossing roads

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation remind motorists to be careful of turtles crossing roads over the next several weeks as they move to familiar nesting locations.   Full Story


Twins offer free hat through partnership with DNR

Anyone with a 2016 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo baseball cap by being among the first 500 to buy through a special Minnesota Twins ticket offer onlineFull Story


Retired officer named TIP officer of the year

Former Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Roger Tietz has been named the 2015 Joe Alexander Conservation Officer of the Year for his contributions to the Turn in Poachers (TIP) program.   Full Story


Husband and wife ATV team honored by DNR

Teamwork is what best describes Tim and Scarlett Feiler of Royalton as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 2015 ATV Volunteer Instructors of the Year.   Full Story


DNR invites public input on Mississippi Blufflands State Trail    

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting an open house Friday, June 3, for those interested in planning the Mississippi Blufflands State Trail in Goodhue County. The open house will be at the Lake City Public Library, 210 S. High St., Lake City, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. There will also be an information booth from 5 to 6:30 p.m. that day at Ohuta Park during registration for the Tour de Pepin event.  Full Story


Record number of watercraft inspectors on Minnesota lakes this year

The 2016 Minnesota boating season will be another record-breaker, with more than 800 watercraft inspectors helping to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota. Counties employ and supervise the vast majority of the inspectors, all trained by the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story


Anglers can help with important studies underway on Mille Lacs Lake

Anglers fishing Mille Lacs Lake can help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources collect essential data needed for improving walleye fishing in the near future.  Full Story


Minnesota youth takes top spot in national archery competition

Minnesota archers had a strong showing in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Nationals, May 12-14, in Louisville, Kentucky.  Full Story


Annual list of potential timber harvest sites available for review

The annual list of potential timber harvest sites on state-administered forest land is now available for public review, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Comments will be accepted until June 22. Full Story


State parks expand self-service options as attendance continues setting records

Heading into the first major holiday weekend of 2016, Minnesota state parks have already seen a record number of visitors. Compared with 2015, year-to-date sales of one-day permits are up 41 percent, sales of year-round permits are up 24 percent and overnight stays are up 39 percent.  Full Story


DNR to hold open house on St. Croix State Park management plan

The Parks and Trails Division at the Department of Natural Resources is beginning the process of creating a master plan to guide future development and operations at St. Croix State Park.   Full Story


Be safe with campfires

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to be safe with campfires this Memorial Day weekend and into the summer.   Full Story


Keep aquarium pets and plants out of Minnesota lakes and rivers

With warmer weather and the end of the school year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds teachers and hobbyists it is illegal to release aquarium animals and plants into the wild. One example commonly found in classrooms, the red swamp crayfish is causing major environmental and economic harm as nearby as Wisconsin. Full Story