Zebra mussel confirmed in East Loon Lake in Otter Tail County

Lake is connected to two others with zebra mussels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of a zebra mussel in East Loon Lake in Otter Tail County. East Loon Lake is between and connected to East Spirit Lake and Sybil Lake, both of which were confirmed as having zebra mussels in 2016.  Full Story


DNR open house highlights Lake Vermilion northern pike regulation

Anglers can play a role in a proposed fishing regulation change for northern pike on Lake Vermilion that would simplify northern pike regulations by bringing them in line with the new statewide zone regulation starting in May 2019.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Bay Lake, Crow Wing County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Bay Lake, near Deerwood in Crow Wing County.

Last fall, a lakeshore owner reported finding the shell of a dead zebra mussel, but additional searches with DNR zebra mussel detection dogs could not confirm the presence of live specimens. Recently, a guest of another lakeshore owner reported finding a live specimen that a DNR invasive species specialist confirmed to be an adult zebra mussel. Additional water sampling showed the presence of veligers and in-lake searches confirmed a reproducing population of zebra mussels in Bay Lake.

“Most of the new zebra mussel reports are brought to our attention by people who are out using Minnesota’s public waters in the summer months,” said DNR invasive species specialist Tim Plude. “We appreciate the vigilance of folks reporting them to the DNR, as well as the partnerships we have with lakeshore owners.”

Signs at lake accesses have been updated to alert boaters to the presence of zebra mussels.

Zebra mussels are transported over land by human activity, and lake users can prevent their spread. It’s an important reminder to follow the state’s invasive species laws:
• Clean watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species,
• Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport, and
• Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.

The DNR also recommends boaters take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody:
• Spray with high-pressure water.
• Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees for at least two minutes or 140 degrees for at least 10 seconds).
• Dry for leave least five days.

When transporting water-related equipment such as boat lifts, docks, swim rafts or associated equipment, Minnesota law requires a 21-day drying time to destroy attached organisms, before placing that equipment in another lake.

Zebra mussels are an invasive species that can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors, and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes.

People should contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species.

More information is available at www.mndnr.gov/AIS.


Outdoor skills workshop for women scheduled for Sept. 14-16

Women can hike to spectacular views of autumn colors and Lake Superior on the horizon during a three-day fall workshop that teaches a variety of outdoor skills through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Lake of the Woods fisheries management plan open house July 24

A draft five-year plan that guides fisheries management activities for Lake of the Woods will be discussed at a public open house on Tuesday, July 24. The open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods Ambulance garage, 111 First St. SW in Baudette.  Full Story


Youth can hunt deer with adult mentors during special hunts

Youth can apply to hunt deer in select state parks and other refuge areas during 17 special deer hunts in October and November, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Reminder: Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats

Anyone with a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins.   Full Story


DNR and city seek public input on Gitchi-Gami Trail development

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division will host an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Grand Marais City Hall Council Chambers to discuss and get feedback on the Grand Marais-to-Cutface segment of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County, Floyd Lake in Becker County

Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County and Floyd Lake in adjacent Becker County, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Applications open for prairie chicken hunt lottery

Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 17, to be chosen for one of 125 permits for the 2018 Minnesota prairie chicken hunting season, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Ruffed grouse counts down, sharp-tailed grouse down too

Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were down 29 percent statewide this year compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR urges caution on swollen lakes and rivers

Anglers, boaters and anyone who recreates on or near areas where recent rainfall has raised water levels should exercise extreme caution – or stay away altogether until the water recedes, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Lakes and rivers in several counties throughout the state currently have no-wake restrictions due to high water, and conservation officers recommend boaters stay off flooded portions of the Minnesota River and its tributaries. Full Story


Boaters and anglers must take steps to prevent aquatic invasive species spread

The upcoming Independence Day holiday brings busier lake accesses, and people will be hurrying to family gatherings and celebrations. It is important for all lake and river users to take a few minutes to clean, drain, dispose—every time.  Full Story


DNR names 2017 ATV safety instructor of the year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Gale Bradford, of Wright in Carlton County, as its 2017 ATV safety instructor of the year. Bradford, who is the lead ATV safety coordinator for the Evergreen PAC ATV club, has been involved with the club for 11 years and been an ATV safety instructor for more than seven.  Full Story


Brad Parsons named state fisheries chief

Brad Parsons, a 31-year fisheries veteran and current central region fisheries manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been selected as the new fisheries chief for the DNR. His new duties begin Wednesday, July 25.  Full Story


DNR upgrades outdoor recreation maps for mobile devices

Navigating Minnesota’s woods and waters with a mobile device is now easier than ever with new digital maps available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Breeding duck and Canada goose numbers improved from last year

Population counts showed good results for several species of ducks that nest in Minnesota, according to the results of the annual Department of Natural Resources spring waterfowl surveys.  Full Story


Wildlife Drive opening at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area

The 27-mile Wildlife Drive through the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area, located 20 miles northwest of Roseau, will be open to vehicular travel Saturday, July 14, through Sunday, July 22, and weekends thereafter through Sunday, Aug. 12. The drive traverses wetland, woodland, brushland and farmland habitats, providing visitors ample opportunity to view wildlife. Full Story


Bears and birdfeeders – a recipe for conflict

Many homeowners enjoy feeding birds but in bear country the practice often comes with unintended consequences, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR seeks artwork for Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp 

Artists can submit entries for the contest that decides what artwork will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Entries will be accepted from Monday, July 16, to 4 p.m. Friday, July 27. Full Story


Apply by Aug. 17 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply starting Sunday, July 1, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 17.  Full Story


Simple steps to increase ATV safety

With the all-terrain vehicle riding season in Minnesota in full swing – and the number of registered all-terrain vehicles continuing to rise – DNR conservation officers and safety officials remind people to be aware of the regulations and safety training opportunities before they head for the trails or allow youngsters to ride.  Full Story


‘Operation Dry Water’ means enhanced BWI enforcement 

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and hundreds of other public safety officers will ramp up patrols for intoxicated boaters this weekend, June 29 to July 1.  Full Story


DNR considering changes to Lake of the Woods walleye and sauger regulations

Angling regulations on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River in northern Minnesota would change under a proposal being considered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to reduce the number of walleye and sauger allowed to be kept in the winter on the lake, and on the river allowing only catch-and-release fishing for those fish in the spring.  Full Story


DNR seeks comments on EAW for Tioga Recreation Area Mountain Bike Trail project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Tioga Recreation Area Mountain Bike Trail project in the city of Cohasset in Itasca County.  Full Story


Reminder: Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats

Anyone with a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twinsAs part of the Minnesota DNR Days partnership with the Twins, license holders can purchase a reserved game ticket online and receive a special Twins cap at these games:  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Norway Lake and Diamond Lake in Kandiyohi County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Norway Lake, just west of New London, and Diamond Lake, southeast of Spicer, in Kandiyohi County. All connected waters from Norway Lake downstream to Lake Andrew will also be added to the infested waters list.  Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Tower area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around June 15 and continue through approximately Sept. 15. Full Story


Online reservations to open for Blue Mounds State Park prairie and bison tour

Online reservations for a new Blue Mounds State Park prairie and bison tour in southwestern Minnesota will be available June 15, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Gooseberry Falls State Park introduces new interactive exhibits and mobile app

New, interactive exhibits installed in the visitor center at Gooseberry Falls State Park along the North Shore are designed to give people a better understanding of the park features, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


East Moore Lake in Fridley named one of the top 50 ‘Mom Approved’ lakes

Fishing fun for all ages and abilities is close to anyone in the Twin Cities area, where 66 lakes have easy-to-reach piers, family-friendly settings and fishing for bluegill and catfish through the Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeking citizen input on Lake of the Woods management plan update

Lake of the Woods – one of Minnesota’s 10 large walleye lakes – has a new draft management plan and the Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on it beginning Monday, June 11.  Full Story


Reminder: Apply by June 28 for grants that help more people hunt and fish

Groups aiming to get more people to hunt and fish have until 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28, to apply for grants that are available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Groundwater sampling planned for Isanti County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect and analyze water samples from about 90 wells in Isanti County this summer. The data are being collected for the Isanti County Geologic Atlas, Part B (hydrogeology). The results build on the Part A (geology) information, which was produced by the Minnesota Geological Survey in 2017. Full Story


‘No registration weekend’ postponed until Sept. 7-9

Minnesota’s “no registration weekend” for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which was scheduled for June 8-10, has been postponed until Sept. 7-9, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Minnesota state parks to offer free admission on June 9

Gov. Mark Dayton is encouraging Minnesotans to get out and enjoy the state’s outstanding outdoor opportunities by proclaiming June 2018 as Great Outdoors Month.  Full Story


DNR officials announce next phase of construction at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Progress is continuing on the development of recreation opportunities at Minnesota’s newest state park, and there is more to come.  Full Story


DNR invites public to serve on council to help boost hunter, angler numbers

Efforts to increase the number of hunters and anglers in Minnesota will gain new focus with advice from a 15-member council that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is establishing to zero in on hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation.  Full Story


DNR to hold open houses on Minnesota Valley State Trail plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold two open houses this summer to provide an update on plans for developing the Bloomington segment of the Minnesota Valley State Trail. Full Story


Reminder: Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats

Anyone with a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins.   Full Story


DNR cautions lakeshore property owners about using hydraulic jets

Using hydraulic jets to get rid of “muck” or to uproot aquatic plants in public waters is illegal, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Estimate of Mille Lacs walleye population underway

In early May, more than 20,000 walleye were tagged in Lake Mille Lacs. The effort will provide a better estimate of the lake’s population of walleye 14 inches or longer and help guide how many fish can safely be harvested in future seasons, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Public comment sought on Great Lakes Compact Council and regional body procedure updates

The Great Lakes Compact Council and the Great Lakes Regional Body are seeking public feedback on draft updates to the procedures for reviewing requests to divert water from the Great Lakes Basin. The compact is federal law that governs the use of water in the Great Lakes watershed. The compact council and regional body are accepting comments through June 21, at 4:30 p.m.  Full Story


‘Dying’ evergreens may recover

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges property owners in the southern part of the state to wait one month before removing evergreens that are showing stress after a harsh winter and late spring. Some will recover.  Full Story


Prepare now for a safe boating season

Before hitting the water for the first time this spring, boaters should ensure their boats, equipment and safety items are in legal and proper working order, the Department of Natural Resources said. They should also review regulations in the 2018 Minnesota Boating Guide or at the boat and water regulations page.   Full Story