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 August 2019
|DNR Management Program||Approx. Acres Managed|
|Wildlife Management Areas||1,259,000|
|Other Areas Managed for Forestry||704,500|
|State Parks and Recreation Areas||239,100|
|Scientific & Natural Areas||185,600|
|Building Sites and Undesignated Lands||34,200|
|Aquatic and Fish Management Areas||31,000|
|Other Areas Managed for Wildlife||11,800|
|Water Access Sites||3,100|
|Wild and Scenic Rivers||1,500|
|Water Management Areas (Dams)||800|
|Wetland Bank Projects||300|
|Total DNR managed acres||5,633,100|
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 FY18 a total of $12.2 million was deposited in the Permanent School Fund), and to make PILT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) payments to the counties, which totaled about $35.9 million for 2018 (payable in 2019).
(Updated August 2019)