Shoreland Management Programs
Program Mission Statement
Make Minnesota's shoreland management options more understandable and responsive to citizens by coordinating DNR shoreland-related programs with other DNR disciplines, agencies, boards, committees, associations and public groups involved in comprehensive shoreland management/watershed efforts.
Shoreland Management Program (Minnesota Rules 6120.2500 - 3900)
This program provides the backbone of statewide standards that local governmental units must adopt into their own land use controls to provide for the orderly development and protection of Minnesota's shorelands (both rivers and lakes). The DNR provides technical assistance to local governmental units in the adoption and administration of their shoreland controls. This involves planning and zoning assistance to local governmental units by DNR Area Hydrologists and Shoreland Management staff.
This document provides good background information about the State's Shoreland Management Program. Shoreland Management: How did it all get started?
See Alternative Shoreland Management Standards for enhanced standards developed by North Central Lakes Pilot Project.
See Sample Shoreland Management Ordinance Document for a model ordinance local units of government can adopt to manage the shorelands in their county or community.
See Shoreland Management Reference Materials for previous reports, projects, rules, classifications, and guidance documents.
See A Guide for Buying and Managing Shoreland for information about management, lake and river classifications, minimum standards, and evaluating shoreland property.
Lake Improvement District Program (Minnesota Statutes 103B.501 - 103B.581)
Minnesota Statutes allow local citizen initiatives to petition counties to create lake improvement districts in order to address specific concerns within a lake watershed that cannot be addressed under normal governmental actions. Citizens and local governments willing to undertake such initiatives benefit from greater local involvement in the management of their own lakes. DNR provides oversight and assistance.
Lake Improvement Districts - An Overview
Lake Improvement Districts - Questions and Answers
Lake Improvement Districts - Statutes
(Minnesota Statutes 103B.501-103B.581)
Lake Improvement Districts - Rules
(Minnesota Rules 6115.0900-6115.0980)
Shoreland Stewardship: Tips for Landowners
- Healthy Shorelines Information Sheet
- Rain Gardens: A how-to manual for homeowners
(Wisconsin DNR & U.S. Geological Survey)
- Gardens for a rainy day
(Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine)
- Conserving Your Blufflands
- Vegetation Buffer Strips in Agricultural Areas
Other Useful Links
- Current Minnesota Shoreland Rules
- Statement of Needs and Reasonableness
- Variances in Shorelands, Floodplains & Other DNR-Protected Waterways
- County-by-county water-related permit contact information
- General Lakes information
- General River and Stream information
- Shoreland Management Lake Classifications by County
- Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide (Minnesota Sea Grant)
- 2008-2010 Shoreland Rules Update Project
- Natural Resources Block Grants for Shoreland Activities
- Sensitive Lakeshore Identification
- 2005 Alternative Shoreland Management Standards