Park Rapids area fisheries

Minnesota map showing Park Rapids location

301 South Grove Avenue
Park Rapids, MN 56470
218-732-4153
[email protected]

Anglers who fish in Hubbard, Wadena and eastern Becker counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Park Rapids area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Doug Kingsley and a staff of four full-time and three part-time employees manage 108 fishing lakes and 220 miles of rivers and streams. These waters include popuLicense Dollars At Worklar fishing destinations such as the Mantrap Chain of Lakes, the Crow Wing River and its chain of lakes and the Straight River   a premier brown trout stream.

 
What we do

 

At work for you

Park Rapids Area Fisheries staff tracking muskellunge implanted with radio transmitters to understand the extent of natural reproduction and identify natural spawning habitats in Big Mantrap Lake.

Park Rapids Area Fisheries staff tracking muskellunge implanted with radio transmitters to understand the extent of natural reproduction and identify natural spawning habitats in Big Mantrap Lake.

  • Managing four trout lakes and 50 miles of trout streams and stocking about 17,000 rainbow and brook trout of catchable size each year.
  • Operating a walleye and muskellunge hatchery and associated rearing ponds, which produce approximately 23 million walleye fry, 3,000 pounds of walleye fingerlings and 4,000 muskellunge fingerlings each year for stocking into regional lakes.
  • Conducting fisheries surveys or special sampling on about 25 lakes and 4 to 8 streams per year to assess population status and response to management activities, including special regulations and stocking.
  • Maintaining or improving aquatic habitat on about 40 miles of 4 trout streams, proposing acquisition projects as opportunities arise and maintaining acquired properties to protect critical aquatic habitat and provide access to recreational users.
  • Providing technical assistance to local units of government and other agencies working to protect, restore or improve the health of watersheds and their lakes, rivers and streams.
  • Providing presentations and aquatic education activities for lake associations, various clubs or organizations, public input meetings, schools and special events.

 

Area highlights

Stocking and Lake Surveys

Trout Stream Maps

Useful Links

 

Area staff

 

Contact our Park Rapids staff

Name
Position
Phone
Email
Doug KingsleyArea supervisor218-732-4153[email protected]
Calub ShavlikAssistant area supervisor218-732-4153[email protected]
Scott MuhmFisheries specialist218-732-4153[email protected]
Mike KellyFisheries specialist218-732-4153[email protected]
Kyle LittleFisheries technician218-732-4153[email protected]