Finland Area fisheries

Minnesota map showing Finland location

6686 Highway 1
P.O. Box 546
Finland, MN 55603
[email protected]

Anglers who fish in Lake County and western Cook County benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Finland area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Dean Paron and a staff of four full-time employees manage 561 fishing lakLicense Dollars At Workes and 2,178 miles of rivers and streams. These waters include popular fishing destinations such as many lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 25 stream trout lakes and several premier brook trout and steelhead streams.

What we do


At work for you

Successful brook trout management from a Finland area lake.

Successful brook trout management from a Finland area lake.

  • Managing 25 lakes for stream trout (brook trout, rainbow trout, and splake) including lake reclamation, habitat improvement projects, and stocking (11 aerially stocked).
  • Stocking rainbow trout (steelhead) fry and yearling brook trout in Lake Superior streams.
  • Working with several forest collaborators including county, state, and federal agencies on adaptive forest management to protect lakes and streams.
  • Managing 41 stream conservation easements that provide fishing access to over 16 miles of trout streams.
  • Managing 13 Aquatic Management Areas totaling about 7,950 acres open to the public for fishing, hunting and timber harvest.
  • Conducting remote sampling within the BWCAW including monitoring native lake trout and sport netting on lake whitefish.


Area highlights


Area staff


Contact our Finland staff

Dean ParonArea supervisor218-353-8855[email protected]
Kevin MottAssistant area supervisor218-353-8855[email protected]
Allen BrandtFisheries specialist218-353-8855[email protected]
Nathan StewartFisheries specialist218-353-8855[email protected]
Dick SternFisheries technician218-353-8855[email protected]