Recreational Uses of Scientific and Natural Areas (SNAs)

The DNR initially held public hearings and solicited comments in April and May 2014 regarding proposed changes in recreational uses at 10 SNAs. In August 2014, the DNR announced its decision to not change any recreational uses at eight of these sites and invited additional public comment for the proposed changes at Minnesota Point Pine Forest and Lake Alexander Woods. In February 2015 final decisions for these two sites were made.

Final Decisions:

  • Cannon River Trout Lily SNA: No change

  • Compass Prairie SNA: No change

  • Kettle River SNA: No change

  • Lake Alexander Woods SNA: Portions opened to deer hunting, see detail map

  • Minnesota Point Pine Forest SNA: Dogs on leash allowed

  • Prairie Smoke Dunes SNA: No change

  • Ripley Esker SNA: No change

  • Sandpiper Prairie SNA: No change

  • Townsend Woods SNA: No change

  • Whitney Island SNA: No change

No further consideration is planned for changing recreational uses at Scientific and Natural Areas at this time.