Minnesota Spring Inventory

The Minnesota Spring Inventory (MSI) contains both reported and verified spring location information and additional physical, chemical, and historical data for spring sites, where available. You can view potential and verified springs on the Minnesota Spring Inventory Map.

Minnesota Spring Inventory Map

View a larger map of the Minnesota Spring Inventory.

 

Help Find Minnesota Springs

A web-based Reporting App provides anyone the opportunity to submit a location, type, and photo of a spring in Minnesota.

Submitted springs are loaded into the MSI database and verified by DNR staff. Your contact information will allow us to ask questions, seek permission for access to verify, or notify you when the spring is on the map. Some springs may be verified by phone or email since funding does not allow us to visit every site.

Please do not trespass. Ask for permission from the property owner if you are considering searching private property.

Reporting Springs

Open the Reporting App on a mobile device, tablet, or desktop computer.

  1. Enter Information
    This includes date, spring name if known, if there is year round flow, the spring type (examples below), and general comments. Email and phone are optional but are very helpful for questions and verification. Photo attachments help locate and verify the spring
  2. Specify Location
    Enter GPS coordinates or an address, find your current location, or click and drag a point on a map. Make sure you have Location Services enabled on your phone for web browsers. If a pop-up appears asking “ Would you like to use your current location?" choose either OK or Allow.
  3. Complete Form
    After you Submit you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive another confirmation after the spring has been verified and added to the map.

A informational brochure is available for download, print, and distribution. It contains app screenshots, tips, and the following Spring Type examples.

 

Guidance Document

The Minnesota Spring Inventory Guidance Document provides a framework for statewide MSI data gathering and processing for the DNR, Minnesota Geological Survey, and the University of Minnesota.

 

Questions

See Contacts for the Minnesota Spring Inventory.

Funding for the Spring Inventory Map was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). The trust fund is a permanent fund constitutionally established by Minnesotans to assist in the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state’s air, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.