In accordance with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, the Department of Natural Resources has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Minnesotans and prevent further spread of COVID-19.
What is open?
- Minnesota’s waters. You can fish if you have a license. Normal seasons and regulations apply.
- Hunting seasons. There are no changes to upcoming hunting seasons. Normal regulations apply.
- State parks*. Bathrooms, vault toilets and shower buildings currently open will remain open. Other facilities are closed (see below).
- Public land. Wildlife management areas, state forests, and Scientific and Natural Areas are open for recreation. Campgrounds are closed.
- Public water accesses. State-managed public accesses are open, though the availability of amenities, such as docks, are contingent upon seasonal maintenance.
*Minnesota’s state parks remain open and still require a vehicle permit. With contact stations closed, visitors can purchase permits through self-pay and information kiosks located at each facility. Visitors are encouraged to purchase daily and annual passes online before leaving home.
What is closed?
The following DNR-managed facilities:
- Campgrounds, group camps, remote and dispersed camping at all state parks, state forests, and state recreation areas.
- Camper cabins
- Overnight lodging facilities
- Group centers, trail centers and other ancillary buildings
- Visitor centers
- State park contact stations
Cancellation and modification fees are waived during this time.
Facilities and lands not administered by the DNR may have restrictions. Please check with local authorities.
DNR programs, events, trainings, and meetings
Many DNR-sponsored events, trainings, and meetings are canceled or postponed. This includes:
- Safety education training, including firearms safety training
- Workshops and clinics, including Becoming an Outdoors Woman and Fishing in the Neighborhood
- Fishery tours and public viewing of the walleye egg take
- Deer open houses
- Elk input meetings in northwest Minnesota
- Educational trainings, including Project Learning Tree, WET, and WILD trainings
- Naturalist programs
- In-person volunteer activities
The public is urged to do business with the DNR by phone, email or online, including:
Buying or renewing licenses online
Making or changing camping and lodging reservations online or by phone at 866-857-2757
Calling the local DNR office
Using email or phone (888-646-6367) to request information from the DNR Information Center
Check the department's COVID-19 webpage regularly for additions and modifications to this list.
Contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR (646-6367), or email the center at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.