COVID-19 Response

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As part of Minnesota's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to modify public events and services as needed to follow Stay Safe MN and CDC guidelines. The DNR's central office, area offices, and most other business office locations are closed to the public at this time. DNR-managed lands and many service facilities on those lands are open.

IMPORTANT: The Outdoor Recreation and Facilities Guidelines (revised 5.17.21) and Campground Guidelines (revised 5.17.21) reflect Executive Order 21-11, as amended by Executive Orders 21-21 and 21-23.

Please frequently check this page, as well as the DNR’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, for updates.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: 3.15.21

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. Please also see the Outdoor Recreation and Facilities Guidelines for information you might find useful.

For information about DNR engagement opportunities, including virtual public meetings and public input, please see our public engagement page for opportunities for input and engagement.

Burn Permits

How do I get a burning permit?

You may obtain and activate a burning permit online, or from a Township Fire Warden who is currently providing service. Some Township Fire Wardens may not be issuing burning permits at this time. If you would like to obtain a burning permit from your local Township Fire Warden, please call your local DNR Forestry Office for information on active wardens in your area. Check the burning restrictions page for current information before any burning. A burning permit is not required when there is a continuous unbroken cover of snow 3 inches deep or more surrounding the immediate area of the fire, sufficient to keep the fire from spreading.

Do I need a permit for a small recreational fire or a campfire?

Small recreational fires and campfires are allowed without a burning permit, except where restricted by the local unit of government or land manager. 

DNR-managed lands (state parks and recreation areas, state forests, SNAs , WMAs, and state trails)

What is, and isn't, open?
  • DNR-managed lands—including state parks, trails, state forests, recreation areas, wildlife management areas, and scientific and natural areas—are open to visitors.
  • However, some buildings on those lands remain closed until further notice. Check the location-specific visitor alerts before your visit.
  • Interpretive programs and group tours will be offered as staffing and state guidelines permit. Check the online events calendar and the tour page for current information.
  • ATV trails, state trails, horse trails and trails within state parks, recreation areas, and forests are open. Individual trails may have localized closures due to construction or other conditions – check your location’s web page for current closures before you head out.
  • For information about specific facilities or amenities, check the visitor alert for the state park, recreation area, forest, etc. you plan to visit. The most current information available will be on each location’s main web page.
Can I make a new camping or lodging reservation?

Yes, you can reserve camping or lodging up to 120 days in advance. Camping reservations may be made online or by phone (866-857-2757).

What do I need to know before I go to a park or recreation area?
  1. Arrive prepared. Buy your vehicle permit in advance, check current visitor alerts, and download maps in advance of your trip. Services and facilities may be limited, so bring everything you might need.
  2. Follow the rules. Continue to follow all COVID-19-related guidance.
How can I get my discounted vehicle permit if the offices are closed?

If you qualify for a military discount, have a Federal Access Pass, or own a vehicle with a Minnesota-issued disability license plate or hang tag, you can still get your discounted vehicle permit. Contact Gooseberry Falls State Park for more information:
Gooseberry Falls State Park
3206 Highway 61 East
Two Harbors, MN 55616
218-595-7100
[email protected]

How can I purchase a Hiking Club or Passport Club kit if the nature stores are closed?

Contact Gooseberry Falls State Park at 218-595-7100 to purchase a Hiking Club or Passport Club kit over the phone. It will be mailed out to you.

Firearms, ATV, and Snowmobile Safety Training

How can my child or I complete firearms or ATV safety training?
  • In-person firearms safety classes and field days are resuming but fill quickly. All students have the option to attend in-person firearms safety training or online training via the online hunter safety course. Students 14 and older may obtain their firearms certification by taking the online course and, if they desire, completing a virtual field day instead of the traditional in-person field day. Students younger than 14 may take the online course, if they desire, but must complete an in-person field day in order to obtain their firearms safety certification. Please note the one-year expiration date for online safety course vouchers (which are required for students to attend a field day) has been extended.
  • ATV safety field days and firearms safety classes and field days for youth and adults are being held in compliance with executive orders and the Outdoor Recreation and Facilities Guidelines.

Fishing

Do all fishing regulations still apply?

Yes, all fishing regulations need to be followed.

Do I still need a fishing license?

Yes, all of the fishing license requirements still apply.

What are my options for purchasing a fishing license?

You may purchase a license at a retail establishment where fishing licenses are sold, online or call 888-665-4236. If you purchase a license with a tag or sticker online, allow 5-10 business days for delivery of the tag/sticker.

Hunting

Do all hunting regulations apply?

All hunting regulations must be followed.

Do I still need a hunting license?

Yes, all hunting license requirements still apply. 

What are my options for purchasing a hunting license?

You may purchase a license at a retail establishment where hunting licenses are sold, online, or by calling 888-665-4236. If you purchase a license with a tag or sticker online, allow 5-10 business days for delivery of the tag/sticker. 

Programs and Meetings

What is the status of DNR programs, events, training and meetings? Are they happening now?

In response to COVID-19, the DNR transitioned many activities to a virtual format and is continuing to offer virtual services and programming. DNR is also resuming in-person events, programs, trainings, and meetings that are not conducive to an online format as COVID-19 guidance and staffing levels allow. Please see our education and safety training and  DNR events webpages for information about specific events, programs, etc.

Registrations and Renewals

How do I renew my boat/ATV/OHV/snowmobile registration?

Renew your watercraft, ATV, snowmobile, off-highway motorcycle or ORV registration online and you will receive a temporary permit for immediate use (you will receive your registration in the mail within 2-3 weeks). You may also renew at your local deputy registrar's office.

How do I transfer a non-titled boat?

Non-titled boats require a bill of sale from the seller to the buyer that includes the boat description, registration number, hull identification number, seller’s name, buyer’s name, and seller’s signature. Complete the universal registration form and mail it to MN DNR, License Center, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155-4026 along with the bill of sale. Fees vary depending on length, use, type of boat, and registration expiration. If you have questions, please contact the DNR at 888-646-6367. Please have your complete boat description (including registration number, hull identification number, and boat length) handy to expedite your call. Transfers may also be completed at your local deputy registrar's office.

How do I transfer my Minnesota-titled boat?

If titled, the seller must sign the title certificate. The buyer’s name also must be printed on the title certificate, and the buyer must complete the back of the certificate. Fees vary depending on length, use, type of boat, and registration expiration. If you have questions, please contact the DNR at 888-646-6367. Please have your title and complete boat description (including registration number, hull identification number, and boat length) handy to expedite your call. Title transfers can be mailed to MN DNR, License Center, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155-4026. Title transfers may also be completed at your local deputy registrar's office.

How do I register a boat/ATV/OHV/OHM/snowmobile that does not require a title?

For a non-titled watercraft, snowmobile, ATV, OHM or ORV that has not previously been registered in Minnesota, complete the universal registration form or title application form if you chose to title your watercraft. Include the bill of sale. The manufacturer statement of origin is also needed if you chose to title. Fees vary depending on length, use, type of boat and registration expiration. Proof of sales tax must be included. If purchased out of state, the difference in sales tax must be included if less than 6.875%. Local taxes may also be required. (Sales/use tax does not apply to private party sales.) NOTE: Titling is optional for watercraft older than 1980 and less than 16 feet. If you have questions, please contact the DNR at 888-646-6367. Registrations can be mailed to MN DNR, License Center, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155-4026. Registrations may also be completed at your local deputy registrar's office.

How do I register a boat that requires a Minnesota title but was purchased out of state from a private party?

To register a boat that has not previously been registered in Minnesota, complete a title and registration application form and include the out-of-state title signed by the seller (if the boat does not have a title, please see “How do I transfer a non-titled boat?” above). Fees vary depending on length, use, and type of boat. Sales/use tax does not apply to private party sales. If you have questions, please contact the DNR at 888-646-6367. Registrations can be mailed to MN DNR, License Center, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155-4026. Registrations may also be completed at your local deputy registrar's office.

How do I register a new boat that requires a Minnesota title but was purchased from an out-of-state dealer?

Complete a title and registration application form Include the manufacturer’s statement of origin and proof of sales tax. The difference in sales tax must be included if less than 6.875%. Local taxes may also be required. Title and registration fees vary depending on length, use, type of boat and registration expiration. If you have questions, please contact the DNR at 888-646-6367. Registrations can be mailed to Minnesota DNR, License Center, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155-4026. Registrations may also be completed at your local deputy registrar's office.

Why haven’t I received my watercraft/ATV registration stickers in the mail yet?

We encourage you to renew your watercraft or ATV registration online or at your local deputy registrar's office so that you will have immediate proof of registration. When you renew online, you can print out the confirmation page to use as a temporary permit. You also may write down your temporary authorization number from the confirmation page and carry that with you. Your registration card and expiration decals will be mailed to you.


Other questions

If this page does not answer your questions, please check the Outdoor Recreation and Facilities Guidelines. You may also email the DNR’s Information Center or call 888-646-6367.