DNR fisheries seeks comments on Aitkin area management plans

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strategies for managing Aitkin area lakes and streams have until April 29th to ask questions or submit comments. Full Story


Cook County fishing closures will protect spawning fish

Anglers in Cook County will notice fishing closure signs at several area lakes this spring. These temporary closures are regularly enacted to protect concentrations of spawning walleye. Closures on Minnesota-Ontario waters are made in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and affect both sides of the border. Full Story


Commercial fisher captures invasive silver carp in St. Croix River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the capture of a silver carp on the St. Croix River. The invasive carp was caught by a commercial fisher near Prescott, Wisconsin, during routine spring netting.  Full Story


DNR to host webinars about Enbridge Line 3 license and permit applications

Agency will provide information on project and how to comment

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will conduct three informational webinars in late April and early May about Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project. These webinars will focus on the project, how people can comment on the company’s applications, and the DNR’s decision-making process.  Full Story


Pelicans begin yearly migration north

The America white pelican is making a comeback in Minnesota, not only for the season, but also in terms of its population. While pelicans winter in the Gulf of Mexico region, more than 20 percent of the continent’s white pelican population takes up summer residence in Minnesota. Marsh Lake, located in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties, hosts the largest portion of the population.  Full Story


DNR: Variable ice and water conditions highlight need for caution

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges people to exercise extreme caution around bodies of water in the state, as conditions vary widely.  Full Story


Glendalough State Park to host annual ‘Walk’

Glendalough State Park in west-central Minnesota will host its 23rd annual Walk for Glendalough on Saturday, April 20, a fundraiser for new park amenities.  Full Story


Groundwater sampling planned for Groundwater Atlas of Hennepin County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from about 90 wells in Hennepin County this summer to help create a county groundwater atlas.   Full Story


Well sampling planned for Groundwater Atlas of Hubbard County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from about 90 wells in Hubbard County this summer to help create a county groundwater atlas. Full Story


Conservation officer posthumously named TIP officer of the year

Minnesota Conservation Officer Ed Picht, who died last October, has been named the Turn in Poachers 2018 Joe Alexander Conservation Officer of the Year.  Full Story


DNR announces comment period for off-highway vehicle access to Clint Converse and Greer Lake Forest campgrounds

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a proposal to allow off-highway vehicle access to certain areas of the Clint Converse Forest Campground in the Land O’ Lakes State Forest and the Greer Lake Forest Campground in the Crow Wing State Forest.  Full Story


Bear hunt applications available; deadline is May 3

Applications for bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 3, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense, and by telephone at 888-665-4236.  Full Story


Stream trout fishing opens statewide on April 13

Minnesota’s popular warm weather stream trout season opens Saturday, April 13, with quality fishing opportunities in every region of the state. Brook trout and splake fishing also opens on Lake Superior and its tributary streams that have no posted boundaries.  Full Story


Hunters can give input on a variety of topics

DNR seeks input about deer seasons, proposed changes for youth deer, wild turkey and trapping seasons  Full Story


Volunteers add $7.8 million in value to DNR

Last year over 20,000 Minnesotans volunteered their services to assist the Department of Natural Resources in accomplishing its conservation mission. According to the new 2018 Annual DNR Volunteer Report released today, these volunteer services in 2018 were valued at $7.8 million. In hours that equates to 136 full-time staff. Full Story


DNR announces comment period for off-highway vehicle access to Togo Forest Recreation Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a proposal to revise the requirements governing off-highway vehicle access to certain areas of the Togo Forest Recreation Area in the George Washington State Forest in northeastern Itasca County.  Full Story


DNR seeks comment on International Falls area lake management plans

Anglers and others interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing International Falls area lakes and streams are invited to ask questions and submit comments on lake management plans through Friday, April 12. Full Story


Lanesboro hatchery project helps to ensure trout fishing opportunities

A $5 million construction project now underway at Minnesota’s flagship state-owned trout hatchery in Lanesboro will ensure a regular supply of trout can be stocked each year in streams and lakes throughout the state.  Full Story


Upper Red Lake walleye regulation changes announced for open water season

Bag limit remains but anglers can put larger walleye in the frying pan 

While anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this spring will again be able to keep four walleye, a change in the size regulation will allow them to take one fish over 20 inches – making potential keepers out of considerably more of the lake’s walleye population.  Full Story


Landowners sought for 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Minnesota landowners with grassland or wetlands within 20 miles of Austin are being sought to participate in the 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (GPHO) in October.  Full Story


DNR commissioner announces School’s Out-Campout Challenge

Goal is to fill all state park campsites June 8 to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day

Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen has big plans for the first weekend of summer break: Fill as many Minnesota state parks’ campsites with school-aged kids and their families as possible.  Full Story


Bat population decline continues as expected

Annual Minnesota bat count shows continued effects of white-nose syndrome 

Following the pattern observed in neighboring states, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reporting a substantial but expected decline in the number of bats in Minnesota. The decline is due to the effects of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and usually fatal to hibernating bats.  Full Story


Updated media contacts for flood information

As media interest in flood-related stories remains high, here are some updated, time-saving contacts for key functions and staff at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, along with flood forecast contacts at the National Weather Service.  Full Story


Spring thaw affecting state recreational facilities

Fort Snelling State Park expected to close today due to flooding

As the heavy snowpack across Minnesota melts under warming temperatures, some state parks, trails and other outdoor recreational facilities may be closed to protect public safety and infrastructure. Users should check current conditions before visiting, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


With spring melt underway, DNR urges caution on Minnesota lakes and rivers

Warm weather and significant rainfall in parts of the state have resulted in slush and standing water on many water bodies, leading to rapid ice deterioration and making travel over the ice difficult and extremely unsafe, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


For Fosston woman, firearms safety is a way of life

Ask Bridget Landsverk, of Fosston, when she started volunteering as a firearms safety instructor and there’s a brief pause. She starts to count the years, then remembers: Last year she received a plaque for 10 years of service, which means 2019 marks the beginning of her second decade of instruction.  Full Story


Take an overnight canoe camping trip with new ‘I Can!’ program

Registration open for 2019 outdoor skills classes 

A new “I Can!”program offers participants the chance to learn the outdoor skills necessary to take an overnight canoe camping trip. The overnight adventure trip is one of many summer programs Minnesota state parks and trails has available for beginners of all ages who want to learn to camp, paddle, mountain bike and fish.  Full Story


Wet conditions force temporary road and trail closures

Heavy rain and flooding mean some roads and trails in state forests, state parks, recreation areas, and wildlife management areas will close temporarily, according to the Department of Natural Resources. This is because they are not firm enough to support vehicle traffic without causing damage. The closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions.  Full Story


DNR investigating deer carcasses dumped in Wabasha County

The Department of Natural Resources seeks the public’s help in identifying the person or people responsible for dumping the bodies of eight white-tailed deer near the Zumbro River in Wabasha County.  Full Story


DNR seeks comment on Tower area lake management plans

Anglers and others interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources strategies for managing Tower area lakes and streams are invited to ask questions and submit comments on lake management plans through Monday, April 1. Full Story


DNR seeks comments on Enbridge license and permit applications for Line 3 Replacement Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments on applications related to the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. The DNR is accepting comments on applications for several different licenses and permits needed to construct and operate the Line 3 Replacement Project across northern Minnesota.  Full Story


Register for beginner fly-fishing weekend for youth-adult pairs

A youth paired with an adult can join other youth-adult pairs to learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced instructors over the course of a spring weekend from Friday evening, April 26, to Sunday afternoon, April 28, near Lanesboro.  Full Story


DNR seeks input on Timber Riders ATV trail proposal

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public review and written comments on a proposal by Beltrami County to obtain grant-in-aid funding for additions to the all-terrain vehicle trail system.    Full Story


Walleye harvest will be allowed in May on Mille Lacs Lake

Mille Lacs regulations for walleye and other species announced

Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep walleye during open water fishing for the first time since 2015. An improving walleye population has been protected by conservative fishing regulations in recent years, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Zebra mussel larvae confirmed in Red Lake in Beltrami County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussel larvae in Red Lake in Beltrami County after studying samples gathered last summer by biologists from the Red Lake Nation.  Full Story


Northeastern Minnesota moose population remains low but stable

8th consecutive year of stability means the overall number of moose aren’t declining

Results of the 2019 moose survey indicate northeastern Minnesota’s moose population remains stable but relatively low for the eighth year in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR fisheries to discuss Lake Winnibigoshish fish management

Anglers and others interested in Lake Winnibigoshish fisheries management are invited to a public open-house hosted by Department of Natural Resources Grand Rapids area fisheries staff. Full Story


Check 2019 fishing regulations before heading out 

Anglers will find a variety of regulation updates when they open up the 2019 Minnesota fishing regulations, including a continuous fishing season on South Dakota border waters, fall trout fishing in Rushford, and changes for walleye regulations on large lakes like Leech, Kabetogama and Lake of the Woods.  Full Story


Great snow conditions on Minnesota’s ski and snowmobile trails

Better late than never. Minnesota’s record month of February snow is a boon to winter sports enthusiasts.  Full Story


Maple syrup making: Tapping into a sweet tradition

Ever wonder how to tap your own maple trees and make delicious syrup? State parks are a great place to learn in the month of March.  Full Story


Shakopee man is snowmobile safety instructor of the year

Kim Werkmeister, of Shakopee, has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Snowmobile Instructor of the Year for 2018. Full Story


DNR announces CWD response efforts in Crow Wing County

Limited landowner shooting permits offered; public meeting scheduled for March 4

Following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in Crow Wing County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering landowner shooting permits and will be working with willing landowners to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to remove additional deer on their properties. Full Story


DNR certifies huge lake sturgeon as new catch-and-release state record

Minnesota has a new state record lake sturgeon so large that anglers had to drill five holes to fit the 6 1/2 foot long fish through the St. Croix River ice. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has certified the fish as a state catch-and-release record. Full Story


Snowmobile riders: Enjoy great conditions, leave booze at home

Conditions for snowmobile riding in many parts of the state are as good as they’ve been in a long time, prompting what Department of Natural Resources conservation officers call the biggest number of riders in years to hit the state’s 22,000 miles of snowmobile trails. Full Story


New CWD-positive deer in Crow Wing County and southeastern Minnesota require additional disease monitoring and management

Gov. Walz proposes new funding to combat CWD; DNR plans disease response efforts

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild deer in Crow Wing County. This test result marks the first time in Minnesota the fatal neurological disease has been found in a wild deer outside of the southeastern part of the state.  Full Story