More camping opportunities at Sibley State Park this summer

Campers will now have even more overnight options at Sibley State Park, in south-central Minnesota, following a project to upgrade Oakridge Campground. Full Story

Removing lake plants could require a permit

Lakeshore property owners are reminded that a permit may be required to remove lake plants. Aquatic plant regulations are summarized at the aquatic plant regulations page. Full Story

New members appointed to Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Metropolitan Council Chairman Adam Duininck, and Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission Chairman Michael Hulett have appointed nine members to the committee that advises on the use of Legacy Amendment funds for Minnesota’s state and regional parks and trails. Four members are new to the committee, and five are reappointments. Full Story

Minnesota state parks make all campsites reservable and begin taking same-day reservations

Campsites at Gooseberry Falls State Park, Tettegouche State Park and other Minnesota state parks on the North Shore are currently “full” for Memorial Day Weekend, but hundreds of previously unreservable sites at these parks will become available and reservable early next week. Full Story

2016 Arbor Month celebrates the health benefits of trees

Trees help reduce skin cancer. They reduce stressful noises and keep the air clean. These are just a few of the many ways trees help people stay healthy. During Arbor Month, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges everyone to get their daily dose of trees. Full Story

Springtime offers spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities

By Kristi Coughlon, DNR northwest region public information officer

Springtime is upon us, and for Christine Herwig, it’s the beginning of a busy and opportunity-rich field season of research. As the Department of Natural Resources northwest region nongame wildlife program specialist, Herwig travels throughout northwestern Minnesota “checking in” on some of the state’s most fascinating, and often rare, wildlife species.  Full Story

Clean water, improved habitat boost lake sturgeon recovery in St. Louis River

Following years of clean water improvements and habitat projects, lake sturgeon are returning to the St. Louis River in larger numbers. Full Story

DNR to conduct aerial sandhill crane survey in northwestern Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will conduct an aerial survey of sandhill cranes during May in the northwestern part of the state. Full Story

Get out there: Fishing already open for many species

Each year about 500,000 anglers flock to the water on the opening day of the fishing season for walleye, northern pike, bass and trout in lakes. Despite all the opener fanfare, fishing already is open for a variety of species. Full Story

Landowners, local governments reviewing preliminary buffer map

Landowners, counties and watershed districts are now reviewing the preliminary map of Minnesota public waters requiring protective buffers. Landowners who have buffers identified on their property can work with their local soil and water conservation district or drainage authority to ensure the preliminary map is accurate. Full Story

Conservation officer to retire after 33 years

He picked a career that he thought could make a difference.

Enjoying hunting and fishing at an early age, and seeing enough resource law violations to be concerned about the future, Greg Payton picked a career in which he thought could make a difference: becoming a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

Baby bison arriving at Blue Mounds State Park

The first bison calf has been born at Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne in southwestern Minnesota, and up to 25 more are expected, according to Park Manager Chris Ingebretsen. Full Story

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Water Action Week: Personal responsibility key to preventing aquatic invasive species spread

With boating and fishing season almost here, the Department of Natural Resources is issuing a reminder that preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species is everyone’s personal responsibility.

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Purchase a walleye stamp to support statewide walleye fishing

By voluntarily purchasing a $5 walleye stamp, anglers can support a walleye stocking program that broadens the distribution of lakes where anglers can pursue Minnesota’s state fish.

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DNR to implement northeast deer permit area changes in 2017

Public response to a proposal to re-align a handful of deer permit areas in the northeast part of the state has prompted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to wait to implement the change in 2017.

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Minnesota’s oldest state park turns 125

After visiting the headwaters of the Mississippi River, taking a walk through the pines along Maadaadizi Trail and meeting “Lars the Logger,” more than 200 fourth graders from Bagley and Park Rapids elementary schools capped off their April 20 field trip to Itasca State Park with some birthday cake. They were joined by Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails, who noted that Itasca State Park, which today gets an estimated 549,000 annual visitors, was nearly lost to logging in its early years.

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Wildfire Prevention Week is April 17-23

Every year in Minnesota, wildfires cause property losses, injuries and threaten the lives of fire fighters. To raise awareness of this danger, April 17-23 is Wildfire Prevention Week in Minnesota. Full Story

Take safety precautions while turkey hunting

With the start of spring wild turkey season, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges hunters to be sure of their target before they shoot. Full Story

Be on the lookout for early season boating conditions and hazards

Boaters eager to hit newly thawed lakes and rivers across the state should be on the lookout for debris in the water and the potential for ice-damaged ramps at public water accesses. Full Story

Share the passion for fishing; DNR has a license to fit

An angler casts into a glassy lake on a warm spring day in southern Minnesota. Up north, an angler looks out on choppy waves breaking up a distant horizon. In still another reach of the state, the sun rises as the calls of birds mix with the sudden buzz from the drag of a lone angler’s reel as a fish is hooked. Full Story

Take the Boat Minnesota online course by April 23, save 50 percent

Discounted fee offered as part of national Spring Aboard boating education campaign

Boaters of all ages and skill levels have the opportunity to save 50 percent on the Boat Minnesota online boating course if they enroll by Saturday, April 23. The limited-time discount is offered as part of the national Spring Aboard boating safety education campaign. Full Story

DNR fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Aitkin area fisheries staff has announced the assessment schedule for the 2016 field season. Full Story

Burning restrictions extend to additional Minnesota counties April 18

As snow in the northern part of the state continues to melt and the chances of wildfires increase, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will restrict debris burning in three additional counties beginning April 18. Without snow cover, the exposed dead grass and brush can easily catch fire and spread quickly to new locations.  Full Story

Excellent conditions expected for Saturday stream trout opener

Minnesota’s stream trout season opens this Saturday, April 16, and with a weekend warm-up on the way, anglers should find good conditions and excellent fishing around the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

Trout fishing on Paul’s Creek begins April 16

The tradition of trout fishing in the St. Peter area will continue as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) begins stocking operations for the April 16 stream trout opener. Full Story

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DNR stocks area creeks for stream trout fishing opener April 16

Anglers will have a chance to fish rainbow and brown trout in waters across five counties in southwestern Minnesota as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) begins stocking operations for the April 16 stream trout opener. Full Story

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DNR seeks comments on proposed rules for Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area

Proposed rules aimed at protecting the metro portion of the Mississippi River are now available for public comment, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Youth archery continues to grow in popularity statewide

Nearly 1,400 youth from 72 schools participated in the state high school archery tournament in Minnesota in early April, representing only a fraction of the nearly 200,000 students in Minnesota who participate in Archery in the Schools programs.

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State record fish program to include catch-and-release records

Change applies to muskellunge, flathead catfish and lake sturgeon

Minnesota’s state record fish program will now include catch-and-release length records for lake sturgeon, flathead catfish and muskellunge.

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Spring turkey hunting opens Wednesday with more opportunities

With the benefit of expanded spring turkey hunting opportunities in their favor, an estimated 42,000 hunters will take to Minnesota’s fields and forests between Wednesday, April 13, and the end of May, aiming to bag a wild turkey.

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Live bait will be allowed on Mille Lacs Lake starting with opener

DNR works with local advisory committee to reconsider live-bait restriction

All Mille Lacs Lake anglers will be able to fish with live bait when the season opens Saturday, May 14.

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Time to stop pruning oaks

The safe period to prune oak trees is over, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. With recent warm temperatures, oaks are now at high risk of becoming infected with oak wilt.

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DNR to hold a public hearing to designate Long Lake in Cottonwood County for wildlife management

A public hearing to formally designate Long Lake in Cottonwood County for wildlife management, will be held by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Thursday, April 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The hearing will be at Windom Area DNR office, 175 County Road 26. Full Story

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DNR fisheries seeks comments on International Falls area lake management plans

Fisheries management plans for 10 lakes and two streams in northern St. Louis and Koochiching counties are under review by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the public is invited to review and comment on the plans.

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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 from Friday evening, May 13, to Sunday afternoon, May 15, near Lanesboro.

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DNR announces temporary, seasonal fishing closures

To protect fish spawning areas, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has begun to close certain portions of some Minnesota waters to fishing. The closings are routine and based on local conditions.

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3-walleye limit on Upper Red Lake continues from winter

Less restrictive walleye regulations put in place on Upper Red Lake this past winter will continue when the 2016 open water season opens on Saturday, May 14, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Bear hunt applications available; deadline is Friday, May 6

Applications for Minnesota bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 6, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing license are sold, on the DNR website and by telephone at 888-665-4236.

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Minnesota fishing facts

Note: Here are some facts about Minnesota fishing in anticipation of the 2016 fishing opener, which is Saturday, May 14.

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Commercial fishing licenses available for rough fish removal

Inland commercial fishing license applications are being accepted in several areas of the state. Licenses from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are available for portions of Chippewa, Yellow Medicine and Renville counties, and for all of Aitkin and Mille Lacs counties.

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Lake trout recovery a highlight of Lake Superior management plan

A healthy recovery staged by wild lake trout in Lake Superior means these fish no longer need to be stocked in the lake, according to an updated management plan that covers the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior. The public can comment on the plan starting today.

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DNR exploring partnership with Minnesota Fishing Museum, Hall of Fame and Education Center

Mille Lacs Lake could be new home for DNR fisheries facility and fishing museum complex

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and officials with the nonprofit Minnesota Fishing Museum, Hall of Fame and Education Center are exploring a possible move to bring the museum to the shores of Mille Lacs Lake near a proposed new DNR fisheries facility. Full Story

Celebrate bison with guided bus tours at Minneopa State Park, April 2, 10, 16 and 17

To celebrate the arrival of bison to Minneopa State Park, free bus tours of the park’s bison range will be offered three times each day on April 2, 10, 16 and 17.  Full Story

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Trout tagged in Yawkey Mine Lake

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries research staff in Brainerd are collaborating with Central Lakes College Natural Resources Department professor Kent Montgomery to study the thermal preferences of trout in Yawkey Mine Lake. Full Story

DNR Enforcement names new assistant director

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that Maj. Greg Salo has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and named the Enforcement Division’s assistant director effective March 23.  Full Story