Shoreland Management Program

Natural shores equal healthy shores, healthy shore examples with wildlife

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50th Anniversary of the Shoreland Management Act

The Shoreland Management Act resulted in statewide regulations that guide development of land along lakes and rivers through local zoning ordinances. Read more »

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Shoreland Property Owner Information

Shoreland standards influence what landowners can do with their property. Review commonly asked questions from landowners. Review frequently asked questions »

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Regulations and Administration

Local governments administer shoreland regulations through ordinances. Information is available on the shoreland model ordinance, review and approval process, variances, and more. Learn more »

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Classifications for Lakes and Rivers

Waterbodies in Minnesota are classified based on size and sensitvity to development. Minimum setbacks and lots sizes differ depending on classifications. Learn more »