Life jackets a safety necessity when boating on cold water

Men 20-60 years old least likely to wear life jacket, most likely to drown

With thousands of anglers hitting the water this weekend for Minnesota’s fishing opener, boaters are reminded that wearing a life jacket is a safety necessity during the spring “cold water” season. Full Story

Help paddle the entire Minnesota River

Paddlers are invited to join the effort to paddle every navigable mile of the Minnesota River State Water Trail on Saturday, June 11, as part of National Get Outdoors Day. Full Story

DNR to sell Dakota County land    

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will conduct an oral bid auction scheduled for June 8.Two forty acre parcels are being offered for sale in Dakota County near Hastings. The properties are off Highway 316 South, just east of the city limits of Hastings. Full Story

Mandatory training required for aquatic invasive species violators

Starting this boating season, anyone found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws will not only have to pay the required fines but will also have to complete mandatory training. The short “Clean In Clean Out” training must be completed before people found guilty of violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws can legally operate their watercraft anywhere in the state. Full Story

DNR releases walleye fry into Mille Lacs Lake, capping milestone in renewed management efforts

Nine months after increasing its management efforts on Mille Lacs Lake, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently released 10 million walleye fry into the lake as part of a major research project.  Full Story

Report tagged walleye in the Child, Girl and Woman Chain of Lakes

Anglers are asked to report tagged walleye they catch this summer in the Child, Girl and Woman Chain of Lakes in northwestern Minnesota. Full Story

DNR fisheries reports another successful walleye egg-collection

Another successful walleye egg-collection operation is in the books – and in the jars. Full Story

Deer fawns are being born; leave them alone, urges DNR

Deer fawns are being born now and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that people avoid disturbing or picking them up.    Full Story

DNR partners with St. Paul Saints on special ticket offer

Anyone with a 2016 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a special offer on tickets to select St. Paul Saints games by visiting the special offer page, through a partnership between the Saints and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

DNR offers businesses free invasive species decontamination training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering free invasive species decontamination training again this summer for lake service providers, such as businesses that rent boats, fishing equipment, and often manage marinas or other lakeside operations.  Full Story

Minnesota state parks offer a fishing opener for everyone

The fishing opener is quickly approaching and Minnesota state parks make it easy for all residents to participate in the fun. Any state resident who wants to participate in that annual rite of spring can now do so easily and for free at most state parks and recreation areas. Full Story

10 candidates train to join conservation officer rank

Ten Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer candidates began training at the 14 week Conservation Officer Academy at Camp Ripley on April 20. Full Story

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service honors DNR officer

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) gave  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Mitch Sladek of Big Lake the Partners in Conservation Award. Sladek was also given a lifetime membership award and a waterfowl print from the friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. 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

Brook trout stocking temporarily suspended in three Grand Rapids area streams

Brook trout stocking will be temporarily suspended in three streams in the Grand Rapids area while the state’s Crystal Springs Hatchery undergoes disinfection and recertification procedures, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

Illegal burning pollutes statewide

Illegal garbage burning—in open fires and burn barrels—is a persistent source of pollution in Minnesota, according to a feature story in the May–June Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine. Full Story

Regional fishing reports available from DNR in preparation for opener

Anglers looking for local information before the Saturday, May 14, fishing opener for walleye, northern pike and trout in lakes can gain local knowledge from regional fishing reports by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

How do you introduce a kid to fishing?

Being part of the excitement when kids catch fish can form memories that last a lifetime. But taking kids fishing can present some unique challenges.   Full Story

Catch and release properly to help fish survival

Anglers can boost the odds of fish surviving catch and release with methods that avoid internal damage to fish. Full Story

A run of nice weather will raise the threat of wildfires

April had its share of rain, snow, clouds and freezing temperatures. This reduced wildfires throughout the state. But the extended weather forecast calls for clear skies and warmer temperatures that will dry out dead grass that can ignite and burn rapidly. Full Story

Outdoor skills program offered for families along the Gunflint Trail

A three-day outdoors skills program for families with teens and college-age kids will be offered this summer through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Gunflint Lodge in northern Minnesota. Full Story

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

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

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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