As warm weather approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed many of its roads and motorized trails on DNR-administered land.
Road and trail conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly this spring and many will not remain firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. This includes state forest roads and trails. Temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions.
“We ask that people use good judgment, obey the closures and frequently check the DNR website for updates to help protect our trails and roads,” said Mary Straka, DNR off-highway vehicle program consultant.
Road conditions can change quickly and Straka advises people to first check the DNR’s temporary closures Web page at www.mndnr.gov/trailconditions before planning trips. Road and trail conditions are updated every Thursday after 2 p.m.
The DNR Information Center can also provide information on road and trail closures. Contact them at 651-296-6157, 888-646-6367 or firstname.lastname@example.org between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Road and trail users should pay attention to state forest closures. Signs will be posted at entry points and parking lots. The closures include all unmarked roads and trails, unless specifically listed on the DNR website.
For information on roads and trails on county land, contact the county directly.