Public water access

water access

Access closures

Prior Lake/Spring Lake (Twin Cities metro area): Low water levels are making boat launching and retrieval more challenging - you may not have enough planks in the water to float the boat correctly. Check the ramp, especially the firmness of the gravel at the end of the concrete ramp and the water depth beyond.

Rainy Lake at International Falls has unseasonably high water levels. Call ahead before visiting the area.

Public water accesses are open 24 hours a day unless posted otherwise. They are available for both trailer and carry-in. 12-18 foot boats can be launched at most launch ramps; some can handle larger boats. There are no launch fees, unless the access is located within a park requiring a vehicle permit.

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Boat and water safety resources

Safety information »

Safety courses »

Water access maps »

launching a boat from a trailer

Clean in. Clean out.

Clean your watercraft, drain all water, dispose of unused bait.

Learn what you need to do »

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Best management practices

Information for access providers and resource managers.

Aquatic invasive species »
Stormwater and shoreline »

Current conditions

Contact the nearest DNR area office to check current conditions for specific accesses.

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