Land area: 79,610.08 sq. mi.
Water area: 7,328.79 sq. mi.
Total area: 86,938.87 sq. mi.
State length: 406 miles
State width: 348 miles
Lowest point: Lake Superior shore - 602 ft.
Highest point: Eagle Mountain, Cook County - 2301 ft.
Average mean altitude: 1200 ft.
Largest County: St. Louis - 6,125 sq. mi.
Smallest County: Ramsey - 154 sq. mi.
State-Owned Lands Managed by the DNR
as of May 2022
|DNR Management Program||Approx. Acres Managed|
|Wildlife Management Areas||1,270,700|
|Other Areas Managed for Forestry||703,600|
|State Parks and Recreation Areas||239,700|
|Scientific & Natural Areas||186,000|
|Aquatic and Fish Management Areas||31,700|
|Other Areas Managed for Wildlife||11,800|
|Building Sites and Undesignated Lands||11,100|
|Water Access Sites||3,100|
|Wild and Scenic Rivers||1,500|
|Water Management Areas (Dams)||800|
|Wetland Bank Projects||300|
|Total DNR managed acres||5,646,100|
Source: DNR Land Records Database
The DNR also administers state mineral rights underlying approximately 13.5 million acres. DNR has administrative responsibility to manage trust lands (in FY21 a total of $22.8 million was deposited in the Permanent School Fund), and to make PILT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) payments to the counties, which totaled about $36.0 million for 2020 (payable in 2021).
(Updated May 2022)