Kadunce Creek habitat improvements to begin, trail spur closed

The Kadunce River State Wayside on Minnesota State Highway 61 north of Grand Marais, Minnesota will be partially closed for three to four weeks beginning in mid-August while a habitat improvement project takes place in Kadunce Creek. Full Story


Mandatory testing for deer taken in SE Minnesota chronic wasting disease management zone

When archery deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 16, mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease and restrictions on moving deer carcasses begins again in southeastern Minnesota’s CWD management zone, deer permit area 603.  Full Story


Deer lottery application deadline is Sept. 7

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 by Thursday, Sept. 7. Hunters who purchase their license before this date are automatically entered into the lottery for the deer permit area or special hunt area they declare.  Full Story


More lands to hunt through Walk-In Access program

Beginning Friday, Sept. 1, hunters can access 26,700 acres of private land across 46 counties in western and south-central Minnesota through the Walk-In Access program.  Full Story


Starry stonewort confirmed in Pope County’s Lake Minnewaska

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Lake Minnewaska in Pope County. This is the second new confirmation of starry stonewort in a Minnesota lake in 2017.  Full Story


DNR awards $450,000 in grants to protect coastal resources

Through a federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ has awarded more than $450,000 in local grants to protect and enhance inland coastal resources. Full Story


Saints offer free hat, discounted tickets through partnership with DNR  

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


One new lake confirmed after 20-county starry stonewort search

Following an organized search of 178 lakes in 20 counties by 200 trained volunteers, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Grand Lake in Stearns County. This is the first new confirmation of starry stonewort in a Minnesota lake in 2017.  Full Story


Caribou Falls State Wayside on the North Shore to be temporarily closed for improvements

The Caribou Falls State Wayside on Minnesota State Highway 61 north of Little Marais, Minn. will be temporarily closed for six to eight weeks beginning mid-August while improvements are made to the site. The project will include the addition of 25 parking spaces, installation of a vault toilet, and upgrading the trail to the Caribou River to improve accessibility. Full Story


Public input sought on proposed late season deer hunt and regulations

People can give input on a proposed late season antlerless only deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota.  Full Story


Special hunts expand deer hunting opportunities

Deadlines are approaching for hunters to sign up for the chance to participate in special archery, firearm and youth deer hunts.  Full Story


DNR opens public comment period on draft PolyMet water appropriation permits

The Department of Natural Resources has opened a 30-day public comment period, Aug. 11 until Sept. 12, on draft water appropriation permits for the proposed Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project in northeastern Minnesota. Full Story


DNR closes access to Minnesota River in Jordan, citing safety concerns

The Department of Natural Resources has closed the Thompson Ferry Public Water Access on the Minnesota River in Jordan. Recent river bank slumping caused extensive damage to the boat ramp, creating unsafe conditions.  Full Story


Stillwater artist wins trout and salmon stamp contest

Stillwater artist Nicholas Markell has won the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brown trout. The painting was selected by judges from among 14 submissions for the annual contest.  Full Story


Minnesota River listed for zebra mussels, invasive carp

Surveys by the Department of Natural Resources have confirmed zebra mussels in a western stretch of the Minnesota River. Because there is no significant natural or human-made barrier that could prevent downstream spread, the entire Minnesota River, to its confluence with the Mississippi River, will be added to the Infested Waters List.  Full Story


Ripe wild rice harvesting season opens in late August

Wild rice harvesting season opens annually between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30 and wildlife managers say it’s shaping up to be an excellent season this year.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Whiskey Lake, Chippewa Lake in Douglas County

Other connected lakes may also be added to Infested Waters List

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Whiskey Lake and subsequently found zebra mussels in connected Chippewa Lake in Douglas County. Several other connected waters may be added to the Infested Waters List. Full Story


Artists can submit designs for waterfowl stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 21, through 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.  Full Story


Small game hunter survey results released

Fewer small game hunters took to the field in 2016 as compared to the previous season. By species, grouse hunters were up slightly, but duck, goose and pheasant hunters were down slightly, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ annual small game survey.  Full Story


Applications open for prairie chicken hunt lottery

Hunters can apply through Friday, Aug. 18, to be chosen for one of 125 permits for the 2017 Minnesota prairie chicken hunting season.  Full Story


Abbott Road public water access on Island Lake to be temporarily closed for upgrades

The Abbott Road public water access on Island Lake north of Duluth will be temporarily closed from Oct. 2 through late November while upgrades are made to the site. This is an updated construction schedule. The project will include improvements to the boat ramp and parking area, space for aquatic invasive species treatment, and storm water management. Full Story


DNR approves new master plan for Taconite State Trail

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division has approved a new master plan for the Taconite State Trail, including the David Dill/Taconite State Trail. This master plan will guide the development, management and operation of the state trail to provide quality recreational opportunities for the next 15 to 20 years.  Full Story


Deer hunters will find additional opportunities this fall

Licenses available now; deadline to apply for antlerless permit is Sept. 7 

Additional deer hunting opportunities will be available this fall thanks to a series of mild winters and conservative hunting regulations, which have resulted in rebounding deer populations across Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Full Story


DNR tagging invasive carp for first time

Legislature gave DNR authority to use new research tool

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has captured a bighead carp and, for the first time in the state, tagged it to learn more about invasive carp.  Full Story


Herbicide applications in Cloquet Area to help reforestation

Herbicide applications will begin on select state lands in the Cloquet Area as part of reforestation efforts, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Treatments will begin early August and continue through approximately mid-September. Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Douglas County’s Burgen Lake

Lake is connected to another with zebra mussels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Burgen Lake in Douglas County. Burgen Lake is upstream of Lake Victoria, where zebra mussels were confirmed in 2009.  Full Story


Applications open for $8.6 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.  Full Story


Collaboration creates new wildlife management area in Dakota County

A portion of one of the last and largest wooded areas in Dakota County has been permanently protected as a state wildlife management area through the collaborative efforts of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Dakota County and the nonprofit conservation group Friends of the Mississippi River.  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Comfort Lake in Chisago County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a report of zebra mussels in Comfort Lake, near Wyoming in Chisago County.  Full Story


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


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


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


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 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


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


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