MN DNR stay at home guidelines

MN DNR stay at home guidelines Photo: MN DNR.

Updated: March 28, 2020 09:44 PM
Created: March 28, 2020 05:47 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it is postponing, adjusting, and canceling a variety of public events and services in response to Governor Walz’s Stay At Home Executive Order 20-20.

The executive order allows people to be outdoors, engaging in activities such as walking, running, and fishing and hunting. MN DNR says Minnesotans can still continue to enjoy parks and other public recreation lands but be mindful of these guidelines:


MN DNR officials says the following outdoor spots are still 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.

What is closed?

The following DNR-managed facilities:

  • Campgrounds, group camps, and remote campsites at all state parks, state forests, and state recreation areas.
  • Camper cabins
  • Yurts
  • Overnight lodging facilities
  • Group centers, trail centers and other ancillary buildings
  • Visitor centers
  • State park contact stations

Facilities and lands not administered by the DNR may have restrictions. Please check with local authorities.

How can I do business with the DNR during the Stay At Home order?

We urge the public to use the following to do business with the DNR:

State parks information

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.

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

Burning permits

You may obtain a burning permit online or by calling your local forestry office.

Other questions

If you still have questions, please email the DNR’s Information Center  or call 888-646-6367.

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