As warm weather approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed many of its roads and motorized trails on state forest land.
Road and trail conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly this spring and many will not remain firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. This includes state forests, recreation area and wildlife management area roads and trails. The temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions.
State forests in the Aitkin area include Hill River, Savanna, Solana, Waukenabo and Wealthwood, along with the wildlife management areas located in the forest boundaries. A list of roads to remain open will be posted on the DNR website.
“These are normal spring closures that happen when roads and trails become wet and fragile,” said Brian Leitinger, Aitkin area forestry supervisor. “We ask that people use good judgment, obey the closures and frequently check the DNR website for updates.”
Road conditions can change quickly and the DNR advises people to first check the individual state park, state trail or state forest Web pages before planning trips.
Road and trail users should pay attention to state forest closures. A closed forest means all roads and trails are closed. Signs will be posted at entry points and parking lots. The closures include all unmarked roads and trails, unless specifically listed on the DNR website.
Online road and trail condition information is updated every Thursday by 2 p.m.
For closures and updates, go to “current conditions” on the DNR website at
www.dnr.state.mn.us/trailconditions or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
For information on roads and trails on county land, contact the county directly.