Itasca State Park to dedicate new amphitheater

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Itasca will host a dedication event on Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the new Lake Itasca Amphitheater at Itasca State Park.  Full Story

New self-registration stations at Cuyuna Country SRA add convenience

Visitors to Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton now have more convenient options to buy their state park vehicle permits. Five new self-registration stations have been installed throughout the complex.  Full Story

DNR announces hiring of new directors for Fish and Wildlife and Lands and Minerals divisions

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has hired two veteran state government leaders to head the agency’s Fish and Wildlife and Lands and Minerals divisions.  Full Story

Intoxicated boaters are target of increased patrols during holiday week

Law enforcement working to keep waterways safe as part of Operation Dry Water

In Minnesota and across the nation, BWI is the leading contributing factor in boating accidents and fatalities. In the past two years, half of the fatal boating incidents in Minnesota involved alcohol, which is higher than the five-year average. Operation Dry Water coincides with the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend, when BWI-related injuries and deaths tend to spike.  Full Story

Whitewater State Park centennial includes special concert

A century ago in 1919, Congress established the Grand Canyon as a national park, while closer to home, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $10,000 for the purchase of 240 acres in Winona County to be preserved as a state park.  Full Story

Avoid hitting loons during holiday boating and throughout season

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters to watch for loons not only around the Fourth of July holiday, but also as part of their season-long safety procedures.  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 from July 20 through July 28 and then weekends through Aug. 11. The drive traverses wetland, woodland, brushland and farmland habitats, providing visitors an opportunity to see wildlife.    Full Story

5 easy hacks to get outdoors this summer

DNR’s state parks and trails director shares tips to get Minnesotans outside

The Department of Natural Resources offers a number of tips for busy Minnesotans to reduce the burden of planning an outdoor adventure.   Full Story

Aquatic invasive species prevention enhanced by watercraft registration increase

Measure going into effect Monday is broadly supported by boating and lake groups

A broadly-supported measure going into effect Monday, July 1, will significantly enhance aquatic invasive species prevention and management in Minnesota. Full Story

Volunteer instructors crucial to DNR Enforcement safety training program

Since the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division began offering firearms safety training nearly 65 years ago, it has certified more than 1.3 million students – an average of about 20,000 per year. Full Story

DNR seeking comments on transmission line environmental review document

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments through July 24 on an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed electric transmission line and substation in Itasca County. Full Story

4 invasive carp confirmed in Minnesota waters

Latest fish captures do not indicate reproduction

 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the capture of a bighead carp and two silver carp, and detection of a third, tagged silver carp, within the past several weeks. The bighead carp was captured at the Xcel Energy King Power Plant in Oak Park Heights. All of the silver carp were in Pool 4 of the Mississippi River between Red Wing and Wabasha in southeastern Minnesota.  Full Story

State records topple for 2 species of Minnesota fish

Anglers have set new Minnesota state records for whitefish and golden redhorse.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources certified a record 13 pound, 9 ounce whitefish caught by an Oklahoma angler ice fishing on Lake of the Woods, and a 4 pound, 13 ounce golden redhorse caught by an angler who beat his own state record.  Full Story

DNR, MPCA issue joint statement on Line 3 decision

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are committed to a fair, efficient, and thorough review of Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project applications.  Full Story

Anglers: Releasing big sunfish helps protect against stunted population

Minnesota anglers harvest around 16 million sunfish each year, making them the state’s most harvested fish. To protect big sunfish and avoid stunted populations of sunfish, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging anglers to release large sunfish, and keep smaller fish for eating.  Full Story

DNR announces appointments to its statewide deer advisory committee

Nineteen individuals will provide input on deer management issues, serving on a new committee the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources created to foster the exchange of information and ideas between the agency and the public.  Full Story

Dodge County groundwater sampling planned

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from about 90 wells in Dodge County this summer for use in the Groundwater Atlas of Dodge County. Full Story

Silver Bay police chief is 2018 ATV safety instructor of the year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has named Doug Frericks, an ATV safety coordinator and instructor in Silver Bay, as the 2018 ATV safety instructor of the year. Full Story

Celebrating 10 years of outdoor skill-building programs

The 2019 season of I Can! programs kicks off this weekend at Minnesota state parks and trails. The governor’s office is teaming with the Department of Natural Resources this year to mark the 10th anniversary of offering these outdoor skill-building programs across the state.  Full Story

Zebra mussels confirmed in Bone Lake in Washington County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Bone Lake, just east of Forest Lake, in Washington County.  Full Story

Lt. Mike Shelden’s retirement marks big change in Alexandria

It was two decades ago – maybe more – when Mike Shelden knocked on the door of a fish house, identified himself as a conservation officer, and let himself in. The angler inside sat with his back to the door, tending more lines than the two that were allowed. The man didn’t even bother turning around.  Full Story

DNR releases Minnesota’s National Wetlands Inventory update

10-year project will help protect wetlands

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has completed a 10-year effort to provide much more accurate maps of Minnesota’s wetlands. The update of the state’s National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) used new technologies to produce a clearer picture of Minnesota’s wetlands, lakes, rivers and streams.   Full Story

Regional Director Rita Albrecht announces retirement

DNR seeking applicants to lead northwest region operations

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Regional Director Rita Albrecht will retire July 9, the agency announced Friday.  Full Story

Sibley State Park celebrates centennial

Full slate of activities scheduled for June 8

Everyone’s invited to celebrate Sibley State Park’s centennial year on Saturday, June 8, with entertainment and family-friendly activities all day. The park is located near the west-central city of New London in Kandiyohi County.  Full Story

DNR seeks volunteers for loon monitoring program

New online system launched

The Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers for its loon monitoring program. As part of this effort, the DNR has launched a new online system that will help volunteers identify lakes available for monitoring.  Full Story

Fort Snelling State Park remains closed due to spring flooding and damage

Due to persistent flooding and damage from the winter’s hefty snowpack and spring’s heavy rains, Fort Snelling State Park will remain closed to the public through Memorial Day weekend and the month of June. Full Story

14 candidates begin training to join state conservation officer ranks

The 19th class of candidates to take part in the Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation Officer Academy has begun training at Camp Ripley.  Full Story

Clean bird feeders to keep birds healthy

Moldy birdseed and unclean bird feeders can make birds sick. Homeowners who enjoy feeding birds can takes steps now to help birds stay healthy, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

Dock regulations balance public water use and protection

Docks and dock platforms provide access to Minnesota’s lakes and rivers, and are regulated to help protect public safety as well as aquatic habitat. As summer approaches, the Department of Natural Resources encourages property owners and lake service provider businesses to review the regulations, to ensure the equipment they own, sell or install is in compliance.  Full Story

DNR continues aggressive starry stonewort management

Agency, partner organizations, anglers and boaters working together to limit spread

As the 2019 fishing and boating season gets underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is continuing and expanding a multi-faceted approach to combating the spread of starry stonewort, an aquatic invasive species.  Full Story

Waterville area fisheries crew complete yearly northern pike egg take

Eggs produced at hatchery enhance fish populations in lakes statewide

By Dan Ruiter, DNR southern region information officer

As the sun came up over Le Sueur County’s Steele Lake, Peter Muggli and Sky Wigen slipped their boat into the frigid waters. Never mind that it was a Saturday, the Waterville area fisheries crew was on Mother Nature’s timeline – the ice was out and the northern pike spawn was imminent. They were just one of several teams fanning out across their work area. Full Story

ATV riders can explore Minnesota trails for free June 7-9

Minnesotans with an all-terrain vehicle registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails, Friday through Sunday, June 7-9. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($21 annually). Full Story

St. Louis River estuary restoration project open house is May 21

Construction on wetland habitat restoration project expected to begin in June

Work on an extensive habitat restoration project will take place this summer in the St. Louis River estuary, where the river enters Lake Superior.

Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a public open house in May to share information and answer questions about the Kingsbury Bay/Grassy Point habitat restoration project. Full Story

DNR crews working hard to have boat ramps and docks ready by fishing opener

Crews with the Department of Natural Resources are confident they will have the majority of DNR public water accesses ready in time for the May 11 fishing opener. Full Story

Public invited to tour Waterville State Fish Hatchery

Open house scheduled for afternoon of May 9

The Department of Natural Resources invites the public to tour the Waterville State Fish Hatchery ahead of the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener.

The open house will take place Thursday, May 9 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the hatchery located at 50317 Fish Hatchery Road in Waterville.
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DNR to appeal court’s ruling about naming of Bde Maka Ska

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that it will appeal the Minnesota Court of Appeal’s recent decision regarding the naming of Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis. The DNR will submit its petition for review to the Minnesota Supreme Court by May 29.  Full Story

Drinking water restored at Blue Mounds State Park

Water that’s safe to drink, cook, and bathe with is now available for visitors at Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Over the winter, contractors made the final connections to Rock County Rural Water System, ending a safe drinking water problem that spanned five camping seasons. Full Story

As sunfish bite heats up, anglers encouraged to eat small fish

Anglers can find nutritious, plentiful sunfish in all areas of the state  

Feeling that tug on the line, an angler sets the hook and reels in a small sunfish, then asks the perennial question: Should I keep it?  Full Story

Washington County Groundwater Atlas now available

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has published the Washington County Groundwater Atlas. This Part B atlas covers groundwater conditions and sensitivity to pollution. It expands on Part A, the geology atlas previously published by the Minnesota Geological Survey.  Full Story

Bear shot in North St. Paul

A bear in a residential area of North St. Paul was shot and killed today by a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer as authorities determined the animal posed an immediate safety threat.  Full Story

Drop the drone during fire season

Flying a drone can be a lot of fun—but it can be downright dangerous during a wildfire, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

Be aware of bears this spring; DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts

Homeowners are reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears.   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

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

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