Zebra mussels confirmed in Blandin Reservoir near Grand Rapids

Several connected lakes also added to infested waters list

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Blandin Reservoir on the Mississippi River, abutting the city of Grand Rapids in Itasca County. Several lakes connected to the reservoir by a Mississippi River tributary are also being added to the infested waters list.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Sauk Lake in Todd County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Sauk Lake, near Sauk Centre in Todd County.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Big Pine Lake in Aitkin County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Big Pine Lake, just northwest of Mille Lacs Lake in Aitkin County.  Full Story


Minnesota’s wolf population remains stable

Population estimate statistically unchanged from last year

Minnesota’s wolf population estimate was 2,655 wolves and 465 wolf packs during the winter of 2017-2018 within Minnesota’s wolf range, an estimate that is statistically unchanged from the previous winter, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Richfield artist wins DNR pheasant habitat stamp contest for third time

Richfield artist Timothy Turenne won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among 11 submissions for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Away from desks, into the outdoors for youth deer season

Youth ages 10-15 can participate in a special deer season that runs from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 21, in 28 permit areas of southeastern and northwestern Minnesota, including in the Twin Cities metro permit area 601, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Early antlerless-only deer hunting season runs Oct. 18-21

Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can once again harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 21, in deer permit areas 346, 348, 349 and 603 in Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted and Winona counties, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR confirms zebra mussels in lakes downstream of West Battle Lake

A “heritage lake” with no motor boating is among the connected waters

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has identified zebra mussels in two Otter Tail County lakes downstream of West Battle Lake. Zebra mussels were confirmed in West Battle Lake in August of 2016.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Barrett Lake in Grant County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Barrett Lake in Grant County.  Full Story


Fall color in the forest

Minnesota’s state forests offer beautifully scenic drives

A drive through Minnesota’s state forests is an easy way to soak up fall color.

“Driving through our state forests in fall is like driving through a kaleidoscope—the range of color really is amazing,” said Val Cervenka, the DNR’s forest health program consultant and fall color predictor. “This is a great outing for families, and also a great time to take pictures for holiday cards.”  Full Story


Teach a kid to hunt small game during Take a Kid Hunting Weekend

Getting outdoors in pursuit of squirrels, rabbits and other small game is the focus of Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23.  Full Story


Lake Christina drawdown underway in Douglas County

Wildlife managers have begun drawing down the water of Lake Christina in Douglas County to improve habitat and water quality on the popular destination for hunters and wildlife watchers.  Full Story


Beach area renovation begins at Sibley State Park

Improved accessibility is a goal

The Lake Andrew beach area at Sibley State Park in Kandiyohi County is undergoing significant renovations in conjunction with the park’s 100th birthday. While construction is underway, the swimming area, fishing pier, mooring docks, bathrooms and beach store will all be closed. Work started on Sept. 10 and is expected to be completed by spring 2019, when the park will celebrate its centennial.  Full Story


DNR honors 2 youths for outstanding conservation efforts

During a ceremony Friday, Aug. 31, at Minnesota State Fair

Madeline Kinziger from Duluth, St. Louis County, received the 4-H award and Calyn Rieger from Dassel, Meeker County, received the Future Farmers of America (FFA) award during a ceremony held at the Department of Natural Resources stage at the Minnesota State Fair.  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. 22, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeking input on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River regulation changes

Angling regulations that would change on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River in northern Minnesota are the topic of an open house for the public to give input on the proposals from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, at Lake of the Woods School.  Full Story


DNR seeking input on Leech Lake proposed walleye regulation change

A proposed walleye regulation change on Leech Lake would allow anglers more opportunities to keep walleye beginning when the 2019 open water fishing season opens. Full Story


Online harvest registration requires sign-in for better information security

Hunters who harvest deer, bear or turkey starting this season will need to sign into the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources electronic license system when registering a harvest online.   Full Story


New spruce grouse survey gives DNR a window on tough-to-monitor birds

Minnesota researchers have a new way to monitor populations of spruce grouse – a bird species that’s notoriously difficult to count – through an annual spruce grouse survey that happened for the first time in the spring with help from dozens of cooperators and citizen volunteers. Full Story


Angler surveys show walleye overage can be paid back on Lake Mille Lacs

Lake Mille Lacs angler survey results show that state anglers have taken walleye at levels far enough under the state’s safe harvest allocation to pay back a harvest overage accumulated in 2016 and 2017, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR invites public to attend tonight’s meeting on environmental review for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

Public comments invited through Sept. 27

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will hold a joint public informational meeting tonight in Moorhead to provide information and take comments on environmental review documents for the revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project. Full Story


Cannon Falls artist wins duck stamp contest

A painting of a gadwall by Cannon Falls artist Jim Caturia will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after he won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in St. Louis County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized recreation in the Kabetogama and Sturgeon River state forests in St. Louis County to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26.  Full Story


Special archery deer hunt begins Saturday in East Minnesota River Refuge

Special hunt application and registration required

A special archery deer hunt opens Saturday, Sept. 15 in the East Minnesota River Refuge, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR releases plan for sustainable groundwater use in Little Rock Creek area

Following two years of input and review from residents, irrigators and local government, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released the Sustainable Use of Groundwater in the Little Rock Creek Area plan. The plan is available at mndnr.gov/littlerockFull Story


Tickets available for Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet

8th Annual Event to take place at Luverne’s Grand Prairie Events

Gov. Mark Dayton invites all Minnesotans to join him on Friday, Oct. 12 for the 8th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet in Luverne. Social hour begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by the community banquet at 6:00 p.m.  Full Story


Get out and hunt Minnesota’s most popular game bird – ruffed grouse

By Ted Dick, forest game bird coordinator

It’s September, the leaves are turning and there is a chill in the morning air and if you’re looking for a good excuse to get outdoors and out of town here is a perfect one: grouse hunting. Full Story


DNR seeks public input about walleye regulations on 5 St. Louis County lakes

Anglers interested in walleye fishing on Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, Crane and Little Vermilion lakes in northern St. Louis County are invited to participate in public meetings to review the current walleye regulation on these lakes that make up the Namakan Reservoir.  Full Story


New tour at Soudan Underground Mine reveals geological wonders

A lesson in state mining history

See a mine the way the miners of yesteryear saw them. With help from a headlamp, hard hat, and tour guide, visitors too can walk the rails inside the mine at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeastern Minnesota.   Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2019 walleye stamp

Artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 8, through Friday, Oct. 19.  Full Story


Hunters reminded about whole carcass importation ban

Hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota are reminded that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Grouse hunters can volunteer to help collect samples for West Nile virus study

Ruffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota are reminded they can voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


State pheasant index up 19 percent from last year

Wet spring and summer affected reproduction in some areas; habitat declines remain long-term concern

The 2018 roadside survey for pheasants showed a 19 percent increase in the overall pheasant index from 2017. While the index is similar to the 10-year average, it is still 52 percent below the long-term average. Full Story


Mandatory testing during archery deer season in southeast disease management zone

When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 15, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses will again be in place in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.  Full Story


Youth Waterfowl Day is Saturday

Youth, ages 15 and younger, can go waterfowl hunting Saturday, Sept. 8, on Youth Waterfowl Day, when accompanied by an adult who is not hunting, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Reminder: Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats

Anyone with a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twinsFull Story


Gov. Dayton proclaims Aug. 31 Public Lands Day in Minnesota

In recognition of public lands as a resource belonging to all Minnesotans, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, Aug. 31, Public Lands Day.  Full Story


‘Starry Trek’ volunteers search 187 Minnesota Lakes; find starry stonewort in 1

Invasive algae confirmed in Wolf Lake in Hubbard County

More than 225 trained volunteers searched 187 Minnesota lakes recently for the invasive algae starry stonewort during the University of Minnesota Extension’s annual “Starry Trek” event.  Full Story


Enjoy summer through its Labor Day end at a state park or trail

Bring the summer of 2018 to a happy close with a long weekend of fun at a Minnesota state park, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Construction begins soon on new route for Hallaway Hill Overlook Trail, Maplewood State Park

The scenic Hallaway Hill Overlook Trail in Maplewood State Park, near Pelican Rapids, will undergo construction after Labor Day to re-route the trail to address erosion issues, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeks public input on potential Minnesota River Valley State Recreation Area

SRA exploration stems from Minnesota River Valley Master Plan

Anyone who would like to provide input regarding a possible state recreation area in the Minnesota River Valley will be able to do so through an online survey, which will be available soon, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Surplus permits available for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters who missed the lottery deadline for the Camp Ripley archery hunt can purchase surplus permits on a first-come first-served basis beginning noon on Friday, Sept. 14, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Hunters reminded about whole carcass importation ban

Hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota are reminded that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state.   Full Story


Deer feeding ban continues in 11 central and north-central Minnesota counties

Southeastern Minnesota ban continues for 6 counties and includes attractants

A deer feeding ban is in place until at least 2019 for 11 central and north-central Minnesota counties surrounding two facilities where multiple captive deer were infected with chronic wasting disease.  Full Story


CWD tests mandatory for deer harvested in central, north-central and southeast

Precautionary testing during the first two days of firearms deer season will determine whether chronic wasting disease may have spread from captive deer to wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota.  Full Story