Zebra mussels confirmed in Rush Lake in Otter Tail County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Rush Lake in Otter Tail County, near several other lakes where zebra mussels were previously confirmed. Full Story


Virus that affects carp responsible for Lake Elysian fish kill

Thousands of common carp died last month in Waseca County’s Lake Elysian because of a virus likely introduced to Minnesota waters by the release or escape of ornamental koi or pet goldfish.  Full Story


La Salle Lake State Recreation Area celebration scheduled for Aug. 12

It took citizen input and lots of planning, but it’s open, it’s beautiful, and it needs visitors.

A celebration of the 940-acre La Salle Lake State Recreation Area in Hubbard County will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12.  Full Story


DNR firefighters join forces to assist in British Columbia wildfires

Agency employees from 3 states prepare for international assignment

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is sending 10 firefighters to Canada to help fight wildfires. Together with firefighters from Wisconson and Michigan, they will be part of a three 20-member crew assisting British Columbia firefighters in the southeastern portion of their province. Ontario firefighters will fill in the crew vacancies.  Full Story


Youth can apply to hunt with mentors on Youth Waterfowl Day

Youth ages 12 to 15 can apply to hunt waterfowl under the guidance of experienced mentors on Minnesota Youth Waterfowl Day on Saturday, Sept. 9.  Full Story


Learn to hunt pheasants with a mentor

Youth and families can apply through Monday, Aug. 21, to learn how to hunt pheasants with experienced hunters in October.  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 16 special deer hunts in October and November.  Full Story


Conserving Mille Lacs walleye population requires regulation changes

Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will remain closed until Aug. 11 to protect the walleye fishery, and ensure its long-term health and sustainability into the future

To extend the walleye fishing season through Labor Day, the state will allow for an additional 11,000 pounds of walleye harvest on Mille Lacs

New solutions are being sought to rebuild and sustain a healthy Mille Lacs walleye fishery

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Mille Lacs Lake Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for summer 2017

Q: What is happening with the walleye season this summer on Mille Lacs Lake?

A: The closure that began July 8 and was set to end July 28 is being extended by two weeks. That means walleye fishing will reopen at 6:01 a.m. on Aug. 11 for catch-and-release only through Labor Day. A night fishing closure also will remain in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Nov. 30. Full Story


DNR announces a new round of shooting range grants

A new round of grant funding to develop and improve shooting ranges throughout the state is available for 2017, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Groundwater sampling planned for Kanabec County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect and analyze water samples from about 90 wells in Kanabec County this summer and fall.  Full Story


DNR seeking input on Lake Vermilion management plan

There is an updated draft management plan for northern Minnesota’s Lake Vermilion, and the Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on it beginning Monday, July 17.  Full Story


DNR accepting comments on proposed stream restoration for Spider Creek

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released and is accepting comments on an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed stream restoration project on Spider Creek, located in St. Louis County. Release of the EAW marks the start of a 30-day public comment period.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in 2 Crow Wing County waters

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Edward, near Brainerd, and the Mahnomen Mine Pit No. 1, near Crosby in Crow Wing County.  Full Story


Zippel Bay State Park boat access and harbor parking area closes for construction

The boat ramp and harbor parking area at Zippel Bay State Park, on Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota, will be closed through Sept. 8 for construction projects that will improve park facilities. The area will open temporarily for the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Full Story


Whitewater State Park seeks stories as it prepares for 100th anniversary

Whitewater State Park, nestled in the rugged bluffland of southeastern Minnesota and known for its trout fishing and noticeable lack of mosquitoes, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019.  Full Story


Ruffed grouse counts up, sharp-tailed grouse similar to last year

Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were up 57 percent statewide this year compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Duck numbers variable, Canada goose numbers up from last year

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


Misusing hydraulic jets to uproot aquatic plants or displace sediment is illegal

The Department of Natural Resources reminds lakeshore property owners that it is illegal to use hydraulic jets to move sediment or excavate the bottom of a lake, or to uproot aquatic plants in public waters.  Full Story


DNR reminds visitors to bring only approved firewood onto state lands

Only approved firewood is allowed on Department of Natural Resources-managed lands, which include state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. Firewood restrictions help prevent the introduction or spread of damaging forest pests, including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and oak wilt.  Full Story


Plans underway for 2017 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Marshall

Marshall hosts for second time

Planning is underway for the seventh annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener on Oct. 13 and 14. The 2017 event will be held in Marshall, which last hosted the event in 2012.  Full Story


DNR to modernize its electronic system for hunting and fishing licenses

Hunters, anglers and everyone who has a role in selling licenses for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can anticipate a new electronic license system that will enhance customer service starting in the spring of 2020.  Full Story


Reminder: Mille Lacs walleye fishing closed from July 7-27

Lake open to fishing for all other species including bass

Mille Lacs Lake walleye fishing will be closed July 7-27, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural of Resources. Fishing for all other species, including bass, is open. Mille Lacs was recently named the No. 1 lake for bass fishing in the nation by Bassmaster. Full Story


Zebra mussel confirmed in Wright County’s Cedar Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a zebra mussel in Cedar Lake, near Annandale in Wright County.  Full Story


‘Clean, Drain, Dispose’ to prevent invasive species spread July 4 and year-round

With more people recreating, the Independence Day holiday is an especially important time to take a moment to “Clean, Drain, Dispose.” This Fourth of July and all season, join the 96 percent of Minnesotans who

  • Clean their 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.

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Apply by Aug. 18 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply starting Saturday, July 1, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 18.  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 vehicle travel from Saturday, July 15, through Sunday, July 23, and weekends thereafter through Sunday, Aug. 13. The drive traverses wetland, woodland, brushland and farmland habitats, providing visitors ample opportunity for wildlife viewing.  Full Story


Modest recreation fee increases go into effect July 1

Cost for hunting and fishing licenses won’t increase until 2018

The Department of Natural Resources reminds state park visitors, snowmobilers and ATV riders that modest fee increases will go into effect on July 1.  Full Story


Fishing made easy – no license, no equipment and no experience required at Minnesota state parks

Minnesota state parks have made it easy—and free —to experience the fun of fishing.  Full Story


Minnesota state parks and recreation areas offer new benefits for veterans

Active military personnel in any branch or unit of the United States Armed Forces and veterans with a service-related disability are now eligible to receive a free year-round vehicle permit, providing unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.  Full Story


DNR releases environmental review of Mississippi River channel widening near Hastings

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released an environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed construction project to widen and manage flow rates for a section of the Mississippi River channel near Hastings that has narrowed with sediment build up.  Full Story


Learn mountain-biking basics at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

Anyone looking for summer adventure may want to explore the mountain bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area during one of the I Can Mountain Bike! programs on Saturday, July 8, and Saturday, Aug. 12. Three I Can Mountain Bike! sessions will take place each day, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., from noon to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Full Story


DNR releases draft Sand Dunes State Forest operational plan for public review

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released a draft operational plan for management of the Sand Dunes State Forest, located in central Sherburne County, about 3 miles west of Zimmerman. Full Story


Saints offer free hat in partnership with DNR

Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free St. Paul Saints logo baseball cap though a special Saints ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/saintsFull Story


Arbor Month Challenge winners announced

Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, Stearns County Parks. Photographer: Dawn Holler, winner in best location category.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announces the winners of the Arbor Month #31DaysOfTrees Challenge. During May, Minnesotans participated in the challenge by posting a photo or video of how they got their daily dose of trees on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Full Story


Portion of Paul Bunyan State Trail in Hubbard County to close for construction

A portion of the Paul Bunyan State Trail, located 2.5 miles south of the town of Guthrie in Hubbard County, will close Monday, June 26, to allow a private contractor to replace an 8-foot diameter culvert under the trail. The trail segment is expected to reopen by early to mid-October.  Full Story


Outdoor skills workshop for women scheduled for Sept. 29 to Oct. 1

Women are invited to participate in a variety of outdoor activities during a fall workshop at Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack from Friday, Sept. 29, to Sunday, Oct. 1, through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Angler ties his own state record for flathead catfish

An angler has tied his own state record fish in the catch-and-release length category with a 49-inch flathead catfish, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeks outside review of Mille Lacs Lake walleye questions and concerns

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced this week that the agency will initiate an external review of Mille Lacs Lake walleye management and harvest strategy. The review is part of the scientific process of adaptive fisheries management and will help to increase transparency with the public.  Full Story


DNR invites input on plan for Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host an open house Tuesday, June 20, to provide information about possible changes to the master plan for the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area in Gilbert. Drop in anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to ask questions and submit comments at the recreation area’s training center, 7196 Pettit Road, Gilbert.  Full Story


Minnesota’s largest invasive carp captured near Redwood Falls

Bighead carp captured by bow angler and reported to DNR

A bow angler fishing in a private gravel pit near Redwood Falls Sunday caught the largest invasive carp recorded in Minnesota. The bighead carp measured 47 1/2 inches in length and weighed 61.7 pounds.  Full Story


Reminder: Mille Lacs walleye fishing closed from July 7-27

Lake open to fishing for all other species including bass

Mille Lacs Lake walleye fishing will be closed July 7-27, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural of Resources. Fishing for all other species, including bass, is open. Mille Lacs was recently named the No. 1 lake for bass fishing in the nation by Bassmaster.  Full Story


REMINDER: DNR invites 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, Minnesota’s newest state forest, in Cass County.   Full Story


REMINDER: DNR invites input on proposed 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


Wildfire Academy draws more than 700 firefighters

Students from nine states registered for 17th annual training event

One of the largest of its kind in the U.S., the 2017 Wildfire Academy, June 5-9, at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, draws more than 700 students from nine states.  Full Story