COVID-19 Response

In response to Governor Walz’s Stay At Home Executive Order 20-20, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is postponing, adjusting, and canceling a variety of public events and services.

Please frequently check this page, as well as the DNR’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you have questions not answered on this page, please email the DNR’s Information Center or call 888-646-6367.

Can I still go outside?

Executive Order 20-20 allows people to be outdoors, engaging in activities such as walking, running, and fishing and hunting. Minnesotans can continue to enjoy parks and other public recreation lands. We urge outdoor enthusiasts to:

What is open?

  • Minnesota’s waters. You can fish if you have a license. Normal seasons and regulations apply.
  • Hunting seasons. There are no changes to upcoming hunting seasons. Normal regulations apply.
  • State parks. Bathrooms, vault toilets and shower buildings currently open will remain open. Other facilities are closed (see below).
  • Public land. Wildlife management areas, state forests, and Scientific and Natural Areas are open for recreation. Campgrounds are closed.
  • Public water accesses. State-managed public accesses are open, though the availability of amenities, such as docks, are contingent upon seasonal maintenance.

What is closed?

The following DNR-managed facilities:

  • Campgrounds, group camps, remote and dispersed camping at all state parks, state forests, and state recreation areas.
  • Camper cabins
  • Yurts
  • Overnight lodging facilities
  • Group centers, trail centers and other ancillary buildings
  • Visitor centers
  • State park contact stations

Cancellation and modification fees are waived during this time.

Facilities and lands not administered by the DNR may have restrictions. Please check with local authorities.

How can I do business with the DNR during the Stay At Home order?

We urge the public to use the following to do business with the DNR:

State parks information

Minnesota’s state parks remain open and still require a vehicle permit. With contact stations closed, visitors can purchase permits through self-pay and information kiosks located at each facility. Visitors are encouraged to purchase daily and annual passes online before leaving home.

DNR programs, events, trainings, and meetings

Many DNR-sponsored events, trainings, and meetings are canceled or postponed. This includes:

  • Safety education training, including firearms safety training
  • Workshops and clinics, including Becoming an Outdoors Woman and Fishing in the Neighborhood
  • Fishery tours and public viewing of the walleye egg take
  • Deer open houses
  • Elk input meetings in northwest Minnesota
  • Educational trainings, including Project Learning Tree, WET, and WILD trainings
  • Naturalist programs
  • In-person volunteer activities

We will update this page, and our events calendar, as further changes are made, and will announce resumption of programming when that occurs.

Public meetings

While in-person public meetings have been canceled for now, public engagement on DNR issues and projects is a top priority. As such, the DNR is exploring a range of digital options to support public meetings and other critical engagement opportunities. Please check this page frequently for updates about how the DNR will accomplish this.

Burning permits

Minnesota's Township Fire Wardens are not issuing burning permits at this time. Subject to area conditions, permits are available online or by calling your local DNR forestry office.

Other questions

If this page does not answer your question, please email the DNR’s Information Center or call 888-646-6367.