DNR fisheries seeks input on northern pike regulation proposals in Itasca County

The Grand Rapids area fisheries office of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public open-house meeting to gather input on northern pike regulations on three lakes in Itasca County. Current regulations are being reviewed for Sand, Bowstring and Round lakes (near Squaw Lake). Full Story

Aggressive treatment of Turtle Lake starry stonewort begins

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources access on Turtle Lake near Bemidji has been temporarily closed for aggressive treatment of a half-acre of starry stonewort. The access is expected to reopen before Labor Day. A nearby resort owner has volunteered his lake access as a temporary public access site while treatment options are pursued. Full Story

Starry stonewort confirmed in Upper Red Lake, Cass Lake

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Minnesota’s third and fourth cases of the invasive algae starry stonewort, in Upper Red Lake in Beltrami County and Cass Lake, within the Leech Lake Reservation in Beltrami County. Full Story

Zebra mussels confirmed on Lake Minnewashta in Carver County

Close to Lake Minnetonka and other lakes with zebra mussels

Invasive species specialists with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Minnewashta, a popular recreational lake near Lake Minnetonka.   Full Story

Horse bridges at Fort Ridgely State Park undergo repair

Two damaged horse trail bridges at Fort Ridgely State Park in Fairfax will be repaired and ready for use in September and late November. The southern horse bridge over Fort Ridgely Creek is closed to pedestrians and equestrians due to a hole in the bridge decking. Repairs are underway now, and the bridge is expected to open by early September. Full Story

Richfield artist wins 2017 trout and salmon stamp contest

Richfield artist Timothy Turenne has won the 2017 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout. The painting was selected by judges from among 11 submissions for the annual contest.   Full Story

DNR appoints Rita Albrecht as northwest regional director

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr has appointed long-time public servant Rita Albrecht as the DNR’s northwest regional director in Bemidji.  Full Story

DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season Sept. 6

Estimated hooking mortality harvest exceeds quota by more than 16,000 pounds

After eight Chippewa bands expressed strong concerns, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will close the Mille Lacs Lake catch-and-release walleye season on Tuesday, Sept. 6.  Full Story

DNR begins work on statewide deer management plan

Citizen participation encouraged

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has begun work on a new statewide deer management plan – a multi-phase project that will emphasize opportunities for citizen input and involvement.  Full Story

Small game hunter survey results released

About the same number of small game hunters took to the field in 2015 compared to the year before. By species, the number of pheasant hunters was up slightly, with duck hunters stable and grouse hunters down slightly, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources annual small game survey.  Full Story

Minnesota’s wolf population remains stable

Results from the latest wolf population survey show no significant change in Minnesota’s wolf population during the past four winters, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

DNR asks hunters to pass on radio-collared research bears

As the bear hunting season approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to avoid shooting research bears that are marked with large, colorful ear tags and have radio-collars.   Full Story

Goose Lake fish habitat restoration underway

Access to re-open for duck opener

A dredging project in a backwater area of the Mississippi River between Wabasha and Winona will improve conditions for fish and anglers, but it may cause some temporary inconvenience, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

Zebra mussels confirmed in 3 Minnesota lakes

Number of new finds similar to last year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed three new reports of zebra mussels in central Minnesota lakes in the last week: Detroit Lake in Becker County, Signalness Lake (popularly known as Mountain Lake) in Pope County, and Round Lake in Aitkin and Crow Wing counties.   Full Story

Fall hours for bison viewing at Minneopa State Park begin Sept. 5

Beginning Monday, Sept. 5, the road through the 331-acre bison range at Minneopa State Park in Mankato will be open to vehicles from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday for bison viewing.  Full Story

City of Grand Rapids special deer hunt enters fourth season; Applications due Sept. 8

The city of Grand Rapids will hold its fourth special deer hunt this fall in an attempt to further reduce deer numbers within the city limits. Following back-to-back mild winters, higher than desired deer numbers have persisted within the city limits. Full Story

Minnesota State Forest Nursery seedling sales start today

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources state forest nursery is accepting orders for April and May 2017 seedling pickup or delivery.
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Roseau River WMA selected for Ducks Unlimited youth legacy plaque

A dedication ceremony will take place at the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Roseau County in northern Minnesota to honor youth members of the Minnesota Ducks Unlimited (DU) Legacy Greenwing program.
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Applications open for nearly $7 million in Legacy grants

Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land can apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands or other habitat for fish and wildlife.
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Deer lottery application deadline is Sept. 8

Firearms and muzzleloader hunters who want to harvest antlerless deer in a deer permit area designated as lottery this hunting season are reminded they must purchase their license and apply for an antlerless permit by Thursday, Sept. 8.
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DNR increases efforts to provide white bass angling in metro

Only a few inches in length, the slender flashes of silver eased slowly over the rim of a plastic tub immersed in Lake Phalen, then darted off through the water, unaware of the expectations surrounding them on a warm summer morning. A few years from now, though, if those expectations are realized, St. Paul anglers may be enjoying a significant new angling opportunity. Full Story

Zebra mussels confirmed in 5 Minnesota lakes

Personal responsibility key to preventing spread

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed five new reports of zebra mussels in central Minnesota lakes.   Full Story

Starry stonewort infestation confirmed in Turtle Lake near Bemidji

Minnesota’s second known infestation of starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa), an invasive form of macro algae, has been confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The infestation is in Turtle Lake near Bemidji.   Full Story

Anglers surpass Mille Lacs Lake walleye quota, but season to remain open

Catch-and-release has had minimal impact on future spawning population 

The most recent Mille Lacs Lake walleye harvest estimate indicates that anglers have surpassed the state’s 2016 walleye quota. The state, however, will not close the catch-and-release walleye season at this time, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today.  Full Story

Trout stream designations would better match habitat, under proposal

Streams with the cold, clear water needed to support trout populations would get stronger protection as newly designated trout streams, while other streams unable to support trout would no longer have the designation, according to a proposal involving about 90 waters in 30 Minnesota counties.  Full Story

2016 fall duck and goose seasons approaching

Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season will open on Saturday, Sept. 24, with similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

Ripe wild rice harvesting season opens in late August

Wild rice harvesting season opens annually between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30. Harvesters must first make sure the rice is ripe before launching their canoes because it is illegal to harvest “green” or unripe rice, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

Women are encouraged to register for DNR hunting class

Women are invited to enroll in a how to hunt deer with firearms program being offered this fall through the Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story

Reminder: Apply by Aug. 19 for Camp Ripley archery hunts

Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 19, for the regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls.  Full Story

Fish kills near La Crosse attributed to hot weather, rapid changes in water levels

Biologists with the departments of natural resources in Minnesota and Wisconsin have determined that several fish kills reported in and around the Mississippi River near La Crosse are due to hypoxia, which occurs when there are unusually low levels of dissolved oxygen in the water. Full Story

Citizen advisory committee appointed to explore future of Fort Ridgely State Park

The Department of Natural Resources has appointed 15 people to a citizen advisory committee that will make recommendations about how to expand statewide interest in Fort Ridgely State Park near Fairfax in southern Minnesota after its golf course closes on Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day.  Full Story

First new bat species discovered in Minnesota in more than a century

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in collaboration with Central Lakes College, has discovered a bat species new to Minnesota, the evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis).   Full Story

Deer numbers on the rise as hunters look forward to deer season

Licenses on sale Aug. 1 

Steadily growing deer populations may produce more deer sightings and slightly more harvest opportunities for hunters during the 2016 season, although one-deer limits remain in place for much of the state.  Full Story

Changes affect how deer carcasses can enter Minnesota

Starting this fall, hunters can no longer bring whole deer carcasses into Minnesota from anywhere in North America. This restriction includes all members of the deer family (deer, elk, moose and caribou).  Full Story

Southeastern Minnesota chronic wasting disease testing planned

Southeastern Minnesota hunters in the 300 series deer permit areas should be aware that the Department of Natural Resources will be testing for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during the fall 2016 deer season.   Full Story

DNR overhauls state water trail trip planning tool

Those who enjoy canoeing, kayaking and other forms of recreation dependent on river levels can now get more and better information about current conditions from 120 real-time river-level gauges along many of Minnesota’s state water trails. Although the Department of Natural Resources has been installing and interpreting river-level gauges since 1971, the reporting service recently got some significant upgrades.  Full Story

DNR offers tips to private forest owners dealing with storm damage

The recent blowdown in northern Minnesota caused major damage to state lands, as well as private forest lands. While landowners are not required to clean up downed trees and debris, the Department of Natural Resources is encouraging private forest owners and homeowners to consider salvaging and replacing damaged areas.  Full Story

Zebra mussels confirmed in East Spirit Lake, Lake Osakis

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in northwestern Minnesota’s East Spirit Lake in Otter Tail County and central Minnesota’s Lake Osakis in Todd and Douglas counties.  Full Story

Volunteers help improve community forests

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is working with 12 cities across the state to improve community forests using volunteers to plant and maintain trees and monitor tree health.   Full Story

DNR accepting applications for coastal area STAR grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for short-term projects through Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. Application information is available on the coastal program page. The first deadline for applications is Sept. 1.  Full Story

DNR to stock muskellunge in Gull and Fairmont chains of lakes

Decision follows 2-year public input process

Muskellunge will be released this fall in the Gull Lake chain of lakes near Brainerd and the Fairmont chain of lakes in southern Minnesota as part of an effort to establish new muskie angling opportunities throughout the state.  Full Story

After strong winds and storm, state park campgrounds open

In the wake of a storm that hit northern Minnesota early Thursday, Department of Natural Resources’ crews are busy working to clean up the damage and reopen facilities.  Full Story

Heavy storms in northern Minnesota hit several state parks knocking out power and temporarily closing some overnight facilities

Itasca State Park received the most damage
Heavy storms and damaging winds in northern Minnesota downed trees and knocked out power in several state parks and recreation areas including Itasca State Park early Thursday.

No injuries have been reported. DNR staff are still assessing state parks, trails, water accesses, roads and facilities in the northern half of the state for potential damage. Full Story

DNR completes strategic acquisition for Mill Towns State Trail in Rice County

The Department of Natural Resources has acquired nearly 6 miles of railroad property for the Mill Towns State Trail between Faribault and Dundas in Rice County. Full Story

Groundwater sampling planned for Meeker County

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