received from MN Department of Natural Resources:
March 19 2020
DNR COVID-19 response:

What you need to know
In accordance with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, MN DNR has adjusted services, events and operations to protect Minnesotans and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Public lands remain open but some buildings have close. The DNR has canceled or postponed many public events and meetings. You will find the latest details below.

What’s open

State parks, state forests, recreation areas, and other public lands remain open. The following facilities will remain open at state parks:

Outdoor areas, campgrounds, camper cabins, yurts, remote campsites, overnight lodging facilities and some group centers

Highway rest areas at Grand Portage, Gooseberry Falls and Tettegouche state parks

Bathrooms, shower buildings and vault toilets that are already open for the season will remain open

What’s closed

Park offices, visitor centers, nature stores, trail centers, indoor interpretive exhibits and enclosed picnic shelters
Most park bathrooms with running water are still closed for the season and will remain closed
Postponed events

All safety education training, including firearms safety training
Deer open houses
Elk input meetings in northwest Minnesota
Canceled events

All naturalist programs and public events at state parks are canceled until further notice. This includes:

Visitor center programs
Outdoor events
School group activities
Online and phone options

The MN DNR urges the public to do business with us by phone, email, or online. Here are your options:

Buy or renew licenses online
Make or change camping and lodging reservations online or by phone at 866-857-2757
Call your local DNR office
Use email or phone (888-646-6367) to request information from the DNR Information Center
Updates on MN DNR website


Contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR (646-6367). Email the center at Hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday.