DNR to consider recreation rule changes

(Released June 5, 2014)

For the first time in a long time, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reviewing recreation rules at state parks, recreation areas, trails and forests and invites public comments until 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 25.

“Some of the current rules are more than 30 years old,” said Erika Rivers, director of the Parks and Trails Division. “It’s time to give them a fresh look, put them in plain language and weed out obsolete references.”

Rule changes to be considered could include:

  • Extending state park and recreation area hours of operation.
  • Allowing camping in undeveloped parts of state parks and recreation areas.
  • Prohibiting wildlife feeding.
  • Clarifying the activities permitted at state recreation areas.
  • Other topics of interest or concern to Minnesota citizens.

Links to current DNR rules are posted on the DNR website. Comments can be sent by email to recreationrules.dnr@state.mn.us; by mail to Recreation Rules, DNR Parks and Trails, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 39, St. Paul, MN 55155-4039; or by fax to 651-296-1157.

For more information, contact Rebecca Wooden at 651-259-5584, 800-657-3929 or by email at recreationrules.dnr@state.mn.us.