Grand Lake public access closed for starry stonewort treatment

The public access on Grand Lake in Stearns County will be temporarily closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for hand removal of starry stonewort. This temporary closure is necessary for the safety of workers and divers.  Full Story


Eurasian watermilfoil in Hubbard County’s Bad Axe Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Hubbard County’s first case of Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic plant, in Bad Axe Lake near Emmaville.

DNR invasive species specialists confirmed Eurasian watermilfoil around the resort access to the lake. They reported it did not appear to be widespread into other areas of the lake.

Eurasian watermilfoil can limit recreational activities on water bodies by forming mats on the water surface, and can alter aquatic ecosystems by displacing native plants. It is typically spread when plant fragments have not been properly cleaned from trailered boats, personal watercraft, docks, boat lifts, anchors or other water-related equipment.

Treatment options include selective herbicides and mechanical removal, to minimize the plant’s impact while protecting native aquatic plant species. Treatment is unlikely to eradicate Eurasian watermilfoil from a lake. It may minimize impacts, but rarely prevents broader dispersion within a lake.

This new confirmation is a reminder to boaters and anglers to follow Minnesota laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:

  • Clean aquatic plants and animals from watercraft.
  • Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft.
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.

Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody, especially after leaving infested waters:

  • Spray with high-pressure water.
  • Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two minutes or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 seconds).
  • Dry for at least five days.

Details about Eurasian watermilfoil and other aquatic invasive species are available at mndnr.gov/ais.


City of Grand Rapids special deer hunt enters fifth season, Applications due Sept. 7

The city of Grand Rapids will hold its fifth special deer hunt this fall in an attempt to further reduce deer numbers within the city limits. The hunt is open to archery, firearms and muzzleloader hunters during the regular season dates for those hunts. Full Story


Kadunce Creek habitat improvements to begin, trail spur closed

The Kadunce River State Wayside on Minnesota State Highway 61 north of Grand Marais, Minnesota will be partially closed for three to four weeks beginning in mid-August while a habitat improvement project takes place in Kadunce Creek. Full Story


Mandatory testing for deer taken in SE Minnesota chronic wasting disease management zone

When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 16, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses begins again in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.  Full Story


Deer lottery application deadline is Sept. 7

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 by Thursday, Sept. 7. Hunters who purchase their license before this date are automatically entered into the lottery for the deer permit area or special hunt area they declare.  Full Story


More lands to hunt through Walk-In Access program

Beginning Friday, Sept. 1, hunters can access 26,700 acres of private land across 46 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program.  Full Story


Starry stonewort confirmed in Pope County’s Lake Minnewaska

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Lake Minnewaska in Pope County. This is the second new confirmation of starry stonewort in a Minnesota lake in 2017.  Full Story


DNR seeks designs for Minnesota’s 2018 pheasant stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp from Tuesday, Sept. 5, to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.  Full Story


DNR awards $450,000 in grants to protect coastal resources

Through a federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ has awarded more than $450,000 in local grants to protect and enhance inland coastal resources. Full Story


Saints offer free hat, discounted tickets through partnership with DNR  

 

Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free St. Paul Saints logo baseball cap and discounted tickets though a special Saints ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/saintsFull Story


Public meeting to discuss removal of barrier between Kimball and Ossawinnamakee lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting for residents of Kimball Lake and Ossawinnamakee Lake in Crow Wing County. The meeting will be held August 22, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ideal Township Community Center, 35458 Butternut Point Rd, Pequot Lakes, Minn. Full Story


One new lake confirmed after 20-county starry stonewort search

Following an organized search of 178 lakes in 20 counties by 200 trained volunteers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Grand Lake in Stearns County. This is the first new confirmation of starry stonewort in a Minnesota lake in 2017.  Full Story


Caribou Falls State Wayside on the North Shore to be temporarily closed for improvements

The Caribou Falls State Wayside on Minnesota State Highway 61 north of Little Marais, Minn. will be temporarily closed for six to eight weeks beginning mid-August while improvements are made to the site. The project will include the addition of 25 parking spaces, installation of a vault toilet, and upgrading the trail to the Caribou River to improve accessibility. Full Story


Minnesota Twins and DNR partner to offer free hat at three upcoming ballgames

Anyone with a 2017 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/twins, with the next game in this offer coming up Sunday, Aug. 20. Full Story


Public input sought on proposed late season deer hunt and regulations

People can give input on a proposed late season antlerless only deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota.  Full Story


Special hunts expand deer hunting opportunities

 

Deadlines are approaching for hunters to sign up for the chance to participate in special archery, firearm and youth deer hunts.  Full Story


DNR’s iconic state fair exhibit educates, entertains visitors

A wide range of educational displays, exhibits, presentations along with music and entertainment highlight the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, which runs Aug. 24-Sept. 4.  Full Story


2017 DNR State Fair exhibit fact sheet

Theme – Wonderful water 

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Reminder: Outdoor skills workshop for women scheduled for Sept. 29 to Oct. 1

Women who want to learn outdoor skills with other women still have time to sign-up for a three-day workshop set for Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Deep Portage Learning Center in central Minnesota.  Full Story


DNR opens public comment period on draft PolyMet water appropriation permits

The Department of Natural Resources has opened a 30-day public comment period, Aug. 11 until Sept. 12, on draft water appropriation permits for the proposed Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project in northeastern Minnesota. Full Story


DNR closes access to Minnesota River in Jordan, citing safety concerns

The Department of Natural Resources has closed the Thompson Ferry Public Water Access on the Minnesota River in Jordan. Recent river bank slumping caused extensive damage to the boat ramp, creating unsafe conditions.  Full Story


Stillwater artist wins trout and salmon stamp contest

Stillwater artist Nicholas Markell has won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brown trout. The painting was selected by judges from among 14 submissions for the annual contest.  Full Story


DNR auction in Grand Rapids set for Aug. 26

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment Saturday, Aug. 26, at 9:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids at the DNR northeast regional office, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids. Full Story


Walleye fishing re-opens on Mille Lacs Lake Friday, Aug. 11

Catch-and-release walleye fishing and use of live bait will return to Mille Lacs Lake effective at 6 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, and continuing through Monday, Sept. 4.  Full Story


Minnesota River listed for zebra mussels, invasive carp

Surveys by the Department of Natural Resources have confirmed zebra mussels in a western stretch of the Minnesota River. Because there is no significant natural or human-made barrier that could prevent downstream spread, the entire Minnesota River, to its confluence with the Mississippi River, will be added to the Infested Waters List.  Full Story


Grassland conservation a major topic at this year’s Game Fair

A push to conserve grasslands will be front and center at Game Fair, the annual celebration of the outdoors open to families, dogs on leashes and everyone eagerly awaiting fall hunting seasons.  Full Story


Ripe wild rice harvesting season opens in late August

Wild rice harvesting season opens annually between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30 and wildlife managers say it’s shaping up to be an excellent season this year.  Full Story


DNR accepting applications for coastal area STAR grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications by Friday, Sept. 1, for short-term action request (STAR) funding for projects in Minnesota’s coastal area. These grants, offered through Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, help local communities, agencies and organizations balance protection of coastal resources while providing places for people to live, work and play.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Whiskey Lake, Chippewa Lake in Douglas County

Other connected lakes may also be added to Infested Waters List

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Whiskey Lake and subsequently found zebra mussels in connected Chippewa Lake in Douglas County. Several other connected waters may be added to the Infested Waters List. Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Hibbing area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around August 15th on 33 acres north of Shannon Lake in the Sturgeon River State Forest. Full Story


Artists can submit designs for waterfowl stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 21, through 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.  Full Story


Small game hunter survey results released

Fewer small game hunters took to the field in 2016 as compared to the previous season. By species, grouse hunters were up slightly, but duck, goose and pheasant hunters were down slightly, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual small game survey.  Full Story


Applications open for prairie chicken hunt lottery

Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 18, to be chosen for one of 125 permits for the 2017 Minnesota prairie chicken hunting season.  Full Story


Abbott Road public water access on Island Lake to be temporarily closed for upgrades

The Abbott Road public water access on Island Lake north of Duluth will be temporarily closed from Sept. 5 to approximately Oct. 26 while upgrades are made to the site. The project will include improvements to the boat ramp and parking area, space for aquatic invasive species treatment, and storm water management. Full Story


DNR approves new master plan for Taconite State Trail

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division has approved a new master plan for the Taconite State Trail, including the David Dill/Taconite State Trail. This master plan will guide the development, management and operation of the state trail to provide quality recreational opportunities for the next 15 to 20 years.  Full Story


Deer hunters will find additional opportunities this fall

Licenses available now; deadline to apply for antlerless permit is Sept. 7 

Additional deer hunting opportunities will be available this fall thanks to a series of mild winters and conservative hunting regulations, which have resulted in rebounding deer populations across Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Reminder: Apply by Aug. 18 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 18, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. Apply online, by phone at 888-665-4236 or in person wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold.  Full Story


DNR tagging invasive carp for first time

Legislature gave DNR authority to use new research tool

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has captured a bighead carp and, for the first time in the state, tagged it to learn more about invasive carp.  Full Story


Herbicide applications in Cloquet Area to help reforestation

Herbicide applications will begin on select state lands in the Cloquet Area as part of reforestation efforts, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Treatments will begin early August and continue through approximately mid-September. Full Story


McCarthy Beach State Park to host Dark Sky Festival

McCarthy Beach State Park will host the Dark Sky Festival on Saturday, Aug. 12 with a full day and evening of events interpreting and celebrating our night skies. Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Two Harbors area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around Aug. 15 and continue through approximately Sept. 15. Full Story


Pine trees likely to survive July hail damage

Pine trees damaged by mid-July hail storms in portions of northern Washington County should be left alone until next year unless more than half of their needles have turned brown, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Douglas County’s Burgen Lake

Lake is connected to another with zebra mussels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Burgen Lake in Douglas County. Burgen Lake is upstream of Lake Victoria, where zebra mussels were confirmed in 2009.  Full Story


Applications open for $8.6 million in Legacy grants

Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land can apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands or other habitat for fish and wildlife.  Full Story