Kingsbury Bay – Grassy Point restoration project input sought

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting a public meeting to present project details and receive public input on a restoration project proposed for Kingsbury Bay and Grassy Point in the St. Louis River. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Center West/Evergreen Center at 5830 Grand Ave., Duluth.  Full Story


DNR to hold metallic minerals lease sale

The Department of Natural Resources is initiating the sale of leases for state-owned metallic minerals. Areas offered for lease are in Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods and St. Louis counties and total 195,324 acres.  Full Story


Leave deer fawns alone, urges DNR

Deer fawns are being born this time of year and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that people avoid disturbing or touching them.  Full Story


How to keep kids hooked on fishing? Catch some big fish

Take a kid fishing and they may find that catching a real, live fish can be an exciting contrast to the programmed reality of scrolling through social media – at least, for a while. Full Story


Lake Christina management plan updated

Anyone interested in management strategies for Lake Christina in Douglas and Grant counties in west-central Minnesota is encouraged to review and submit comments on the updated draft management plan, which makes it easier to initiate lake level drawdowns.  Full Story


Minnesota River Valley Master Plan released to public

Plan’s release comes after public input and two years of planning

A development plan that will guide future conservation efforts and the creation of recreational opportunities on either side of the Minnesota River between Upper Sioux Agency and Fort Ridgely state parks in southern Minnesota is available for a 30-day public comment period.  Full Story


New zebra mussel-sniffing K9s take aim at aquatic invasive species

With the fishing opener fast approaching, two new K9 dogs, trained to quickly locate zebra mussels on boats and trailers, will be helping the Department of Natural Resources prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.  Full Story


Wild turkey populations expanding in northeastern Minnesota

Wild turkey populations are on the rise in northeastern Minnesota, and the birds are showing up in areas where they haven’t been seen in the past, reports the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


Trees — good for your health

By Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist

Today is the first day of Arbor Month in Minnesota, which causes me to reflect on the many benefits of trees. The shade that trees cast is an important benefit to me.  Full Story


Removing lake plants could require a permit

Lakeshore property owners are reminded that a permit may be required to remove aquatic plants.  Full Story


Catch a lake sturgeon sporting a tag? Report it

Six feet – that’s the length of the longest lake sturgeon tagged by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and there’s a chance a Rainy River angler could catch that 6-foot fish or others out of the 8,959 sturgeon tagged to date as part of a long-term study.  Full Story


Cases rise of disease carried by raccoons that can infect dogs

Reports are on the rise of a disease in raccoons that can infect domestic dogs. Taking precautions can minimize chances of the disease spreading to pets. Full Story


Itasca County fishing closures will protect spawning fish

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is implementing several fishing closures in Itasca County during the beginning of the 2017 fishing season to protect concentrations of spawning panfish. Full Story


Experimental northern pike regulations repealed on Bowstring, Round lakes

After reviewing public comments, the experimental northern pike regulations currently in place for Bowstring and Round (including connected Alice) lakes in Itasca County were repealed March 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The experimental regulation currently in place for Sand Lake will remain in effect for now. Full Story


Grand Marais area fisheries announces survey work

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several Cook County lakes and streams during the next few months. Full Story


Cook County fishing closures will protect spawning fish

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is implementing several fishing closures in Cook County during the beginning of the 2017 fishing season 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


DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in Beltrami Island State Forest

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized recreation in the Beltrami Island State Forest in Beltrami, Lake of the Woods and Roseau counties to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, June 28, to review a set of proposals that include changes to trail systems in the state forest. Full Story


DNR seeks input on proposed changes to sharp-tailed grouse hunting

Sharp-tailed grouse hunting in the east-central part of the state would begin about a month later under a proposal from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR invites public input on proposed motor vehicle use in new state forest

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites citizens to learn about proposed recreation opportunities in Centennial State Forest, a 3,394-acre state forest in Cass County donated to the DNR in 2013.  Full Story


Walleye stamps support better fishing across Minnesota

Anglers can support walleye stocking by purchasing $5 walleye stamps that help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provide more places to fish for walleye.  Full Story


Wildlife experts band eagle chicks on tax day

The three eaglets featured on the DNR’s popular EagleCam had metal bands placed on their legs today as part on an ongoing research project. Today was chosen to band the eaglets because they are about six weeks old, which is the perfect age for banding.  Full Story


Thinking deeply about your own fishing

Take a big view of what’s underwater

By Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator

I will soon be out fishing, not in the office thinking about fishing. The sun will descend toward the horizon creating a masterpiece that needs no photo filter or alteration. Full Story


Groundwater sampling planned for Redwood County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect and analyze water samples from about 90 wells in Redwood County this summer. The data are being collected for the Redwood County Geologic Atlas, Part B (hydrogeology).  Full Story


Stream trout fishing opportunities abound for Saturday opener

Minnesota’s stream trout season opens this Saturday, April 15, and with the early spring weather of 2017 anglers should find good fishing conditions around much of the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR seeks comments on EAW for Minnesota Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area project

The Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Minnesota Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area project in Renville County, about 12 miles south of the city of Renville along the Minnesota River. Full Story


DNR to share request for proposals results for White Bear Lake augmentation

The DNR will host a meeting to share the latest results of a request for proposals to build an augmentation system to move water from East Vadnais Lake to White Bear Lake. Contractors will explain elements of their report and answer questions.
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Confiscated hunting, fishing equipment auction set for April 28

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold an auction of confiscated hunting and fishing equipment on Saturday, April 29, beginning at 9 a.m. The auction items are from people who forfeited their equipment after committing serious game violations. Full Story


Time to stop pruning oaks

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


DNR conservation officer awarded TIP Officer of the Year

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer, Tony Musatov, has been named the 2016 Joe Alexander Conservation Officer of the Year for his dedicated efforts to the Turn in Poachers (TIP) program. Full Story


State archery competitors on track with a lifelong skill

Each year, at schools around Minnesota, nearly a quarter-million students aim and release arrows at targets through an Archery in the Schools program, a figure that appears to be growing, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Buy a license and share the passion for fishing

Fishing makes memories and license dollars fund work to maintain healthy fish populations

As a kid, Chakong Thao caught his first fish in an east metro area lake that continues to be a great place to start fishing, with 4 miles of fishable shoreline, a pier, easy access by car, bus or bicycle, and perhaps most importantly, lots of fish.  Full Story


New Upper Red Lake walleye regulations announced

Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake in northwestern Minnesota this spring will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Elk population survey completed in northwestern Minnesota

Survey an important part of ongoing research into elk movements 
Minnesota’s elk range in northwestern Minnesota has three herds with a total of 79 elk, according to the annual aerial elk population survey completed by the Department of Natural Resources in Kittson, Marshall and Roseau counties. Past surveys recorded 83 elk in 2016 and 131 in 2015. Full Story


Minnesota fishing facts

Anglers and waters

  • There are about 1.4 million licensed anglers in Minnesota.
  • About 500,000 people are expected to fish on Minnesota’s opening day of the walleye and northern pike season, Saturday, May 13.
  • Minnesota has 11,842 lakes, 5,500 of which are considered fishing lakes. There are over 18,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams, including 3,800 miles of trout streams.
  • Average annual expenditure per angler in Minnesota is about $1,500. 1
  • Although not every kind of fish lives everywhere, 162 species of fish can be found in Minnesota waters.

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Spring burning restrictions begin today

With warm temperatures, little to no snow and dry vegetation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will start spring burning restrictions in parts of the state today. As conditions for wildfires increase, exposed dead grass and brush can light easily and burn quickly, especially in windy conditions.  Full Story


Groundwater sampling planned for Washington County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect and analyze water samples from about 90 wells in Washington County this spring. The data are being collected for the Washington County Geologic Atlas, an effort involving the Minnesota Geological Survey and the DNR’s Ecological and Water Resources Division.  Full Story


Online DNR system makes applying for plant management permits easier

It’s now easier to apply for permits to manage native or invasive aquatic plants, using the MNDNR Permitting and Reporting System (MPARS).  Full Story


Willard Munger State Trail to be reconstructed near Duluth

A 5-mile section of the Willard Munger State Trail, between Grand Avenue and Becks Road in West Duluth, will be closed for an extensive construction project from mid-April through August, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR designates Straight River Groundwater Management Area

The Department of Natural Resources designated the state’s third groundwater management area this week. The Straight River Groundwater Management Area in northwestern Minnesota includes parts of southern Clearwater, northeast Becker, southwest Hubbard and northwest Wadena counties. Cities within the boundary include Park Rapids, Osage and Ponsford.  Full Story


Learn to camp, paddle, rock climb, mountain bike and fish

Looking for an unforgettable outdoor adventure this summer? Sign up for one of the I Can! programs offered by Minnesota state parks and trails.   Full Story


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

Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears.  Full Story


Bat disease white-nose syndrome now confirmed in 6 Minnesota counties

Following the pattern observed in neighboring states, white-nose syndrome, a disease that can be fatal to hibernating bats, has now been confirmed in six Minnesota counties, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Catch-and-release summer walleye season announced for Mille Lacs Lake

21-day walleye closure in July expected to help extend fishing season through Labor Day

Catch-and-release only regulations needed to rebuild Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population will again be in effect when anglers hit the water on Saturday, May 13. The 2017 walleye season on Mille Lacs is scheduled to run through Monday, Sept. 4.   Full Story


Eaglets hatch on live DNR EagleCam

Arrival marks 40 years of Nongame Wildlife Program

The eagles have landed, or hatched, and just in time for the 40th anniversary of the state’s Nongame Wildlife Program, which is part of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR announces sign-up for 2017 frog and toad calling survey

Volunteers are needed to help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources track population changes in the state’s 14 frog and toad species as part of an annual surveyFull Story