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DNR upgrades outdoor recreation maps for mobile devices

Internet access is needed to install the app and map files, but once they are installed, they do not need internet access or cell phone service to function. MN DNR image

Navigating Minnesota's woods and waters with a mobile device is now easier with new digital maps available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Cartographers in the Parks and Trails Division have recently upgraded nearly all of the maps for Minnesota state parks, state water trails, off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails and public water access sites to geospatial (location-referenced) PDF files (or GeoPDFs for short). State trail and snowmobile trail maps will be available in about a month.

The GeoPDF maps are best read with Avenza Maps, a GeoPDF reader app, which is available for free from the Google Play Store (for Android devices) or the App Store (for iPhones). Internet access is needed to install the app and map files, but once they are installed, they do not need internet access or cell phone service to function.

Instructions on how to download the application and map can be found on www.dnr.state.mn.us.

For more information, visit the DNR website or contact the DNR Information Center by emailing info.dnr@state.mn.us or by calling 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).