Fisheries habitat

Aquatic management areas

Minnesota's 700 AMAs contain 770 shoreland miles in 73 of Minnesota's 87 counties. They provide angler and management access, protect critical shore land habitat and provide areas for education and research.

Aquatic plant management

DNR fisheries' APM staff work with lakeshore residents to balance native plant conservation with the desire to recreate and access lakefront property.

Fish habitat plan

The DNR's section of fisheries has a plan in place to guide protection and restoration of fish habitats in lakes and streams across Minnesota.

Lake health

Although not the only measure, DNR fisheries has developed a fish-based index of biological integrity that scores lake health based on the community of fish, plants and aquatic life it sustains.

Shoreland management

Learn how a habitat rich in diversity can bring beauty to your shoreline, attract wildlife and pollenators as well as improve water quality.

Stream habitat

Streams support a rich variety of life and provide excellent fishing opportunities. Find out how DNR and partner organizations protect and repair streams so that they provide quality fish habitat.

Watershed management

The DNR works with partner agencies and local governments to improve land management practices in watersheds surrounding trout streams. This is particularly true in cases where natural trout reproduction has been impeded by excessive watershed erosion and sedimentation.