The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in off-highway vehicle (OHV) camping facilities in Beltrami Island State Forest or Hayes Lake State Park area to two open houses in December.
The first open house will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Warroad Forestry Office, 803 Cherne Drive NW, Warroad.
The second open house will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the DNR Central Office building, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul. Both open houses will cover the same information.
The DNR invites open house participants to review maps of existing and potentially new camping areas, discuss the needs and desires of OHV campers, and submit comments. The DNR will also accept written comments through 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.
Hayes Lake State Park was established in 1967 to provide recreational opportunities in a wilderness setting. Beltrami Island State Forest is a 703,000-acre working forest surrounding Hayes Lake State Park with more than 238 miles of OHV trails designated. The DNR understands there is demand for additional facilities for OHV camping in the Hayes Lake/Beltrami Island area. This effort will help the DNR better understand what OHV campers desire and how the DNR can accommodate these desires.
Comments received at the meetings and during the public comment period will be used to develop a recommendation that will be used to improve camping facilities for OHV users in this part of the state. If, through this public review process, it is determined that permitting OHV use within Hayes Lake State Park is the most viable option to provide OHV camping, a master plan amendment would be required for the park, as well as some legislation to amend the designation status. The master plan amendment process would need to be completed prior to any designation change to the park allowing OHV access.
Written comments may be submitted by:
- Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Use the online questionnaire found on the DNR website.
- Fax to: 651-297-1157.
- Mail to: Joe Unger, Parks and Trails Division, DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4039.
For more information, call:
- The DNR’s Parks and Trails Division Central Office in St. Paul, 651-259-5279.
- Hayes Lake State Park, 218-425-7504.
Information is also available online at mndnr.gov.