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
- 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
You may obtain a burning permit online or by calling your local forestry office.
If you still have questions, please email the DNR’s Information Center or call 888-646-6367.