Rationale for allowing dogs on leash at Minnesota Point Pine Forest is based on several factors:
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a public hearing to receive public comments regarding allowing access by watercraft, swimming, dogs on leash, and berry-picking at the Minnesota Point Pine Forest SNA.
Scientific and Natural Areas are state lands established to preserve natural features and rare resources of exceptional scientific and educational value. The Minnesota Point Pine Forest SNA is open to the public for non-motorized activities such as hiking, bird-watching, nature photography, and snowshoeing.
The Minnesota Point Pine Forest SNA was established to protect unique native pine forest on beach dunes, dune grasses and associated wildlife habitat on the longest freshwater bay-mouth bar in the world, along with its natural shorelines on Lake Superior and the bay. Information on resources and location of Minnesota Point Pine Forest SNA can be found at here. Learn more about recreational uses and visiting SNAs.