DNR seeks comments on EAW for Tioga Recreation Area Mountain Bike Trail project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Tioga Recreation Area Mountain Bike Trail project in the city of Cohasset in Itasca County.  Full Story


Reminder: Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats

Anyone with a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twinsAs part of the Minnesota DNR Days partnership with the Twins, license holders can purchase a reserved game ticket online and receive a special Twins cap at these games:  Full Story


Zebra mussels confirmed in Norway Lake and Diamond Lake in Kandiyohi County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Norway Lake, just west of New London, and Diamond Lake, southeast of Spicer, in Kandiyohi County. All connected waters from Norway Lake downstream to Lake Andrew will also be added to the infested waters list.  Full Story


Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Tower area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications will begin around June 15 and continue through approximately Sept. 15. Full Story


Gooseberry Falls State Park introduces new interactive exhibits and mobile app

New, interactive exhibits installed in the visitor center at Gooseberry Falls State Park along the North Shore are designed to give people a better understanding of the park features, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


East Moore Lake in Fridley named one of the top 50 ‘Mom Approved’ lakes

Fishing fun for all ages and abilities is close to anyone in the Twin Cities area, where 66 lakes have easy-to-reach piers, family-friendly settings and fishing for bluegill and catfish through the Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


DNR seeking citizen input on Lake of the Woods management plan update

Lake of the Woods – one of Minnesota’s 10 large walleye lakes – has a new draft management plan and the Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on it beginning Monday, June 11.  Full Story


‘No registration weekend’ postponed until Sept. 7-9

Minnesota’s “no registration weekend” for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which was scheduled for June 8-10, has been postponed until Sept. 7-9, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Minnesota state parks to offer free admission on June 9

Gov. Mark Dayton is encouraging Minnesotans to get out and enjoy the state’s outstanding outdoor opportunities by proclaiming June 2018 as Great Outdoors Month.  Full Story


DNR officials announce next phase of construction at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Progress is continuing on the development of recreation opportunities at Minnesota’s newest state park, and there is more to come.  Full Story


DNR invites public to serve on council to help boost hunter, angler numbers

Efforts to increase the number of hunters and anglers in Minnesota will gain new focus with advice from a 15-member council that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is establishing to zero in on hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation.  Full Story


DNR to hold open houses on Minnesota Valley State Trail plans

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold two open houses this summer to provide an update on plans for developing the Bloomington segment of the Minnesota Valley State Trail. Full Story


Reminder: Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats

Anyone with a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins.   Full Story


DNR cautions lakeshore property owners about using hydraulic jets

Using hydraulic jets to get rid of “muck” or to uproot aquatic plants in public waters is illegal, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Estimate of Mille Lacs walleye population underway

In early May, more than 20,000 walleye were tagged in Lake Mille Lacs. The effort will provide a better estimate of the lake’s population of walleye 14 inches or longer and help guide how many fish can safely be harvested in future seasons, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Great Lakes states to collaborate on West Nile virus monitoring in ruffed grouse

A region-wide effort to better understand West Nile virus in ruffed grouse is getting underway in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Full Story


Angler sets new benchmark for lake sturgeon catch-and-release record

An angler from Stillwater, Minnesota has set a new record for lake sturgeon in the Department of Natural Resources’ catch-and-release category. Full Story


A whopper silver redhorse sets new state record

Avid angler Dustin Stone caught a new state record silver redhorse in the certified weight category of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ record fish program.  Full Story


DNR requests comments on scope of supplemental EIS for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has determined that a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) is required for the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority’s revised flood risk management project.  Full Story


Tagged bighead carp leads DNR to 2 others in St. Croix River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources captured two bighead carp May 11 during a search on the St. Croix River to recapture a tagged bighead carp they have been tracking as part of an invasive carp pilot project.  Full Story


New firewood rules aim to protect Minnesota forests

Campers and other visitors planning to have campfires at state parks, state forests and other public lands managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources need to be aware of new firewood rules beginning this year.  New rules were needed, because quarantine boundaries instituted for gypsy moth and emerald ash borer made the former rules problematic.   Full Story


Apply to hunt elk in Minnesota

Help manage elk populations

Hunters have through Friday, June 15, to apply for one of 22 elk licenses offered this year by the Department of Natural Resources. Elk hunting is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Minnesota residents.  Full Story


Walleye egg take a success despite squeeze of late ice-out

This spring’s late ice-out meant a shorter window of time for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to take walleye eggs for annual fish stocking but despite a two-week late start the agency collected enough eggs to meet stocking goals.  Full Story


Camping season begins May 11 at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

The campground at Minnesota’s newest state park will open Friday, May 11, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Drop the drone during fire season

Now that spring wildfire season is here, the Department of Natural Resources reminds recreational drone pilots to ground their gear during wildfires.  Full Story


Spring is a good time to review dock and dock platform regulations

Before installing or investing in a new dock or dock platform, lake home and cabin owners should check to ensure it will meet state requirements, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Lake service provider businesses should review the regulations, to ensure the equipment they sell or install is in compliance.   Full Story


20 candidates begin training to join state conservation officer ranks

The 18th class of candidates to take part in the Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation Officer Academy has begun training at Camp Ripley. This year’s class includes 20 recruits with diverse backgrounds.  Full Story


Lawmakers need to approve urgent funding for DNR facilities

By Tom Landwehr

Let’s imagine if you didn’t do routine maintenance on your house.

The furnace tune up you missed turns into a broken heating system. The damp spot in your basement becomes a moldy, unhealthy mess. The small leak in your roof becomes a larger leak, ruining your furniture and your belongings inside.  Full Story


DNR considering changes to walleye regulations on Leech Lake

A proposal to allow anglers on Leech Lake in northwestern Minnesota more opportunity to keep walleye starting in 2019 will be up for consideration by the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story


Decades later, Mt. Tom still provides fantastic views

Sibley State Park icon remains jewel in Kandiyohi County

Rising above the treetops at Sibley State Park is an icon of Kandiyohi County –Mt. Tom and its viewing shelter. The shelter, constructed in 1938, became a destination for people who visited one of Minnesota’s best-known state parks.  Full Story


Fishing opener: What people need to know

The tradition of fishing opener in Minnesota centers around roughly half a million anglers going fishing the day the season opens for walleye, sauger, northern pike and trout in lakes – this year on Saturday, May 12. Here are some reminders for the 2018 fishing opener.  Full Story


New DNR website application enlists public to help document bear expansion

Citizen-science project to collect bear sightings outside primary bear range

Minnesota’s black bear range has been slowly expanding southward and westward. To better understand and document this expansion, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designed a new reporting application on its website to gather bear sightings made by the public outside the primary bear range.  Full Story


The water’s fine – or almost melted – so let’s go fishing!

By Jeff Ledermann, angler and hunter education and skills team supervisor

So you might have heard that fishing is a big deal in Minnesota. Maybe you’ve even thought it sounds kind of fun. Then reality sets in and here comes the list of chores, hassles and other plans – all those reasons we end up watching beautiful vistas through our friends’ social media feeds instead of enjoying Minnesota’s great outdoors ourselves.  Full Story


Grand Marais area fisheries announces survey work

Each year, fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office conducts fisheries surveys and assessments to monitor changes in fish populations, and to evaluate management strategies. Full Story


DNR fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

Each year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Aitkin area fisheries staff conducts fisheries surveys and assessments to monitor changes in fish populations, and to determine if management strategies have been effective. Full Story


Minnesota, Wisconsin DNRs to discuss bag, size limits on Mississippi

Minnesota and Wisconsin natural resources departments will hold five public input meetings in mid-May to kick off a multi-state review of bag and size limits for gamefish on the Mississippi River between Hastings, Minn., and the Iowa border.  Full Story


Special regulations vs. northern pike zones: Which wins?

One question that may arise from anglers reading the northern pike zone regulations in effect when the season opens Saturday, May 12: What about special regulations that apply to individual waters?  Full Story


Hook a catfish and get hooked on fun

Consider the lowly catfish. With its long, whisker-like barbels and flattened face, it might not be the prettiest fish swimming in Minnesota’s waters. But more and more anglers around the state are finding it an attractive species, both for sport and for the frying pan.  Full Story


DNR Enforcement Division announces promotions

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division has promoted four officers – Chelsie Leuthardt, Brandon McGaw, Jen Mueller and Brett Oberg – to the position of regional training officer. They’ve been in their new positions since April 18.  Full Story


DNR urges Minneopa State Park visitors to keep bison calves’ safety in mind

Calves mark successful introduction of Theodore Roosevelt National Park herd genetics

With new bison calves expected at Minneopa State Park in the coming weeks and months, managers with the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails division are reminding visitors to keep calves’ safety in mind by remaining in their vehicles along the park’s popular bison range road.  Full Story


DNR to hold confiscated hunting, fishing equipment auction

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled an auction of confiscated hunting and fishing equipment for Saturday, Aug. 4. The auction, which is open to the public, will include items from people who forfeited their equipment after committing serious game and fish violations. More than 200 firearms, over 40 bows, and a variety of other hunting and fishing-related equipment will be available.  Full Story


Buy a walleye stamp and help maintain fishing opportunities

Some anglers go above and beyond to make fishing better in Minnesota by purchasing walleye stamps that help the Department of Natural Resources add walleye to lakes where there otherwise would be none.  Full Story


Sophia’s Law takes effect May 1

New carbon monoxide law aimed at saving boaters

In advance of the 2018 boating season, Minnesota will be the first state in the nation to require carbon monoxide detectors and warning stickers on certain boats. Sophia’s Law, named after 7-year-old Sophia Baechler, who died tragically from carbon monoxide poisoning while on her family’s boat, takes effect May 1.  Full Story


Why the zones? New regulations for keeping northern pike explained

The new northern pike fishing regulations, which were announced recently and go into effect on the May 12 fishing opener, have three distinct zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
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With late ice-out, DNR crews face a challenge to get ramps and docks ready by fishing opener

The lingering cold weather is delaying ice-out on Minnesota lakes and rivers, which could make it difficult for DNR crews to have the 1,500 public water accesses it manages ready in time for the May 12 fishing opener. Full Story