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ATV riders can explore Minnesota trails for free June 7-9

Published on May 9, 2019

Minnesotans with an all-terrain vehicle registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee ($53.50 for three years) to ride the state’s public ATV trails, Friday through Sunday, June 7-9. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass ($21 annually).

St. Louis River estuary restoration project open house is May 21

Published on May 6, 2019

Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a public open house in May to share information and answer questions about the Kingsbury Bay/Grassy Point habitat restoration project.

DNR crews working hard to have boat ramps and docks ready by fishing opener

Published on May 6, 2019

Crews with the Department of Natural Resources are confident they will have the majority of DNR public water accesses ready in time for the May 11 fishing opener.

Public invited to tour Waterville State Fish Hatchery

Published on May 6, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources invites the public to tour the Waterville State Fish Hatchery ahead of the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener.

DNR to appeal court's ruling about naming of Bde Maka Ska

Published on May 1, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced that it will appeal the Minnesota Court of Appeal’s recent decision regarding the naming of Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis. The DNR will submit its petition for review to the Minnesota Supreme Court by May 29. 

Drinking water restored at Blue Mounds State Park

Published on April 29, 2019

Water that’s safe to drink, cook, and bathe with is now available for visitors at Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Over the winter, contractors made the final connections to Rock County Rural Water System, ending a safe drinking water problem that spanned five camping seasons.

As sunfish bite heats up, anglers encouraged to eat small fish

Published on April 29, 2019

Feeling that tug on the line, an angler sets the hook and reels in a small sunfish, then asks the perennial question: Should I keep it? 

Washington County Groundwater Atlas now available

Published on April 26, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has published the Washington County Groundwater Atlas. This Part B atlas covers groundwater conditions and sensitivity to pollution. It expands on Part A, the geology atlas previously published by the Minnesota Geological Survey. 

Bear shot in North St. Paul

Published on April 25, 2019

A bear in a residential area of North St. Paul was shot and killed today by a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer as authorities determined the animal posed an immediate safety threat. 

Drop the drone during fire season

Published on April 23, 2019

Flying a drone can be a lot of fun—but it can be downright dangerous during a wildfire, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 

Be aware of bears this spring; DNR lists tips for avoiding conflicts

Published on April 22, 2019

Homeowners are reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears.  

Commercial fisher captures invasive silver carp in St. Croix River

Published on April 15, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the capture of a silver carp on the St. Croix River. The invasive carp was caught by a commercial fisher near Prescott, Wisconsin, during routine spring netting. 

Conservation officer posthumously named TIP officer of the year

Published on April 11, 2019

Minnesota Conservation Officer Ed Picht, who died last October, has been named the Turn in Poachers 2018 Joe Alexander Conservation Officer of the Year. 

DNR announces comment period for off-highway vehicle access to Clint Converse and Greer Lake Forest campgrounds

Published on April 8, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on a proposal to allow off-highway vehicle access to certain areas of the Clint Converse Forest Campground in the Land O’ Lakes State Forest and the Greer Lake Forest Campground in the Crow Wing State Forest. 

Bear hunt applications available; deadline is May 3

Published on April 8, 2019

Applications for bear hunting licenses are being accepted now through Friday, May 3, wherever Minnesota hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online at, and by telephone at 888-665-4236. 

Stream trout fishing opens statewide on April 13

Published on April 8, 2019

Minnesota’s popular warm weather stream trout season opens Saturday, April 13, with quality fishing opportunities in every region of the state. Brook trout and splake fishing also opens on Lake Superior and its tributary streams that have no posted boundaries. 

Volunteers add $7.8 million in value to DNR

Published on April 4, 2019

Last year over 20,000 Minnesotans volunteered their services to assist the Department of Natural Resources in accomplishing its conservation mission. According to the new 2018 Annual DNR Volunteer Report released today, these volunteer services in 2018 were valued at $7.8 million. In hours that equates to 136 full-time staff.

Lanesboro hatchery project helps to ensure trout fishing opportunities

Published on April 1, 2019

A $5 million construction project now underway at Minnesota’s flagship state-owned trout hatchery in Lanesboro will ensure a regular supply of trout can be stocked each year in streams and lakes throughout the state. 

Upper Red Lake walleye regulation changes announced for open water season

Published on April 1, 2019

While anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this spring will again be able to keep four walleye, a change in the size regulation will allow them to take one fish over 20 inches – making potential keepers out of considerably more of the lake’s walleye population. 

Landowners sought for 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener

Published on March 29, 2019

Minnesota landowners with grassland or wetlands within 20 miles of Austin are being sought to participate in the 2019 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (GPHO) in October. 

Bat population decline continues as expected

Published on March 28, 2019

Following the pattern observed in neighboring states, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reporting a substantial but expected decline in the number of bats in Minnesota. The decline is due to the effects of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and usually fatal to hibernating bats. 

Spring thaw affecting state recreational facilities

Published on March 25, 2019

As the heavy snowpack across Minnesota melts under warming temperatures, some state parks, trails and other outdoor recreational facilities may be closed to protect public safety and infrastructure. Users should check current conditions before visiting, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 

For Fosston woman, firearms safety is a way of life

Published on March 21, 2019

Ask Bridget Landsverk, of Fosston, when she started volunteering as a firearms safety instructor and there’s a brief pause. She starts to count the years, then remembers: Last year she received a plaque for 10 years of service, which means 2019 marks the beginning of her second decade of instruction. 

Take an overnight canoe camping trip with new 'I Can!' program

Published on March 21, 2019

A new “I Can!” program offers participants the chance to learn the outdoor skills necessary to take an overnight canoe camping trip. The overnight adventure trip is one of many summer programs Minnesota state parks and trails has available for beginners of all ages who want to learn to camp, paddle, mountain bike and fish. 

Walleye harvest will be allowed in May on Mille Lacs Lake

Published on March 12, 2019

Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be able to keep walleye during open water fishing for the first time since 2015. An improving walleye population has been protected by conservative fishing regulations in recent years, according to the Department of Natural Resources.