DNR invites input on Iron Range OHV recreation area plan amendment

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting to review a draft master plan amendment for the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area in Gilbert. The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in the training center at the Iron Range OHV State Recreation Area, 7196 Pettit Road, Gilbert.  

The meeting will provide an opportunity to review the draft, ask questions and submit comments.The DNR began a master plan amendment process for the site with a public open house in June 2017. The draft amendment includes proposed changes to site access, miles of trail within the site and site management.

The Iron Range OHV Recreation Area was designated in 1996 as Minnesota’s first recreation area catering primarily to OHV enthusiasts. Originally 1,200 acres, the site was expanded to more than 3,700 acres in 1999. It has trails for all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-road vehicles.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting can submit comments by email to joe.unger@state.mn.us or by mail to Joe Unger, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN, 55155-4039. The DNR will accept written comments through Jan. 2.

The draft master plan amendment can be found online or at the park office. For more information, contact Allan Larsen, site manager, allan.larsen@state.mn.us or 218-735-3833.

Visit the Iron Range OHV Recreation Area webpage for more information.