FAW Public Input

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Please share your thoughts with the DNR on the projects below that are currently open for public input.


Please share your thoughts with the DNR on the projects below that are currently open for public input.


  • Lake of the Woods Management Plan for 2024 - 2029: Public Input Opportunity

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) produces management plans for many of the resources it manages, including the state’s ten-largest lakes. Lake of the Woods is one of these large lakes, with one third lying in Minnesota. When finalized, this plan will guide fisheries management on Lake of the Woods from 2024 - 2029. This plan’s goals, objectives, and strategies will help determine the allocation of staff and fiscal resources to protect and enhance the fish community. Please take this opportunity to provide input about management and values associated with Lake of the Woods fisheries.

    The DNR will use your feedback to help determine the goals and values that will be part of the new lake management plan. Following this public review period, the DNR will revise the plan and incorporate the public input and publish an updated draft plan, where the public will have another opportunity to provide comments.

    The questionnaire and public comment period will be open from February 12 - March 15. It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.


    Description of the Resource

    Lake of the Woods lies in the Hudson Bay drainage basin at latitude 49° N. Lake of the Woods straddles the Canada-United States border and is shared between the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario and the state of Minnesota. The Minnesota portion of the Lake of the Woods shoreline is primarily sandy beach ridges adjacent to large marshy areas. The surrounding drainage is characterized by glacial lake sediment and bog. Forestry and agriculture are the major land uses within that portion of the drainage basin located in Minnesota.

    The lake is comprised of several distinct basins. The Minnesota waters of Lake of the Woods (320,000 acres) are within Muskeg, Big Traverse, and Little Traverse Bays. Big Traverse Bay and Muskeg Bay are largely devoid of bottom structure and islands. Little Traverse Bay is more characteristic of the Ontario waters of Lake of the Woods, with numerous islands and reefs. These three basins do not stratify and in most years have widespread, dense, blue-green algae blooms that are first evident in July and continue through September.


    Fisheries Management

    The primary goal for fisheries management of Lake of the Woods is to maintain a high-quality multi-species fishery. Fisheries management activities on Lake of the Woods are mostly focused on popular recreational sport-fish species. Walleye are the most popular species with anglers and are managed as a consumptive fishery while maintaining a trophy component to the fishery. Saugers are managed solely as a consumptive fishery. Northern Pike are managed as a trophy fishery. Lake sturgeon are currently managed for recovery of the population while allowing for moderate harvest. Other species that receive some management attention and/or are important to anglers include Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Tullibee, Smallmouth Bass, and Muskellunge.


    Social Values

    Lake of the Woods serves a wide variety of stakeholders ranging from individual anglers to large recreational angling focused businesses. Recreational and commercial use of Lake of the Woods in Minnesota is primarily focused on recreational angling. The recreational fishery has high intrinsic value to both local and non-local anglers. Commercial activities that benefit from the high-quality multispecies fishery in Lake of the Woods include (but are not limited to): lodging, restaurants, fish guiding businesses, bait and tackle sales, repair shops, other retail businesses, etc.

    Recreational angling pressure in recent years has averaged between three and four million angler hours per year with a primary focus on walleye and sauger. Other seasonal and popular fisheries occur for species such as Northern Pike at tributary inlets around ice out and Muskellunge in the Northwest Angle during the open season. Additionally, there are seasonal migrations of fish from Lake of the Woods to connected rivers and bays that create popular fisheries for Northern Pike, Walleye, and Lake Sturgeon.

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  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on 2023 deer populations and observations using an online survey. The survey includes questions about experiences hunters had during the deer hunting season; issues related to damage deer might do to crops, landscaping or gardens; and other deer-related issues. The DNR will use the feedback to shape regulations for the 2024 hunting season. 
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  • Thank you for choosing to provide your input on future management at Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is updating the master plan for Carlos Avery WMA, a 24,600-acre WMA consisting of wetlands, forest, grasslands, and small lakes that provide extensive outdoor recreation opportunities just 30 miles north of the Twin Cities. This WMA includes 26 actively managed pools and shallow lakes and 45 miles of rivers and streams that provide waterfowl habitat across more than 11,700 acres. These extensive marshes, along with managed uplands, are home to many game and non-game species and are popular with hunters, trappers and bird and wildlife watchers. There are also three Wildlife Sanctuaries in the WMA, totaling 4,500 acres.


    The purpose of the Carlos Avery WMA master plan is to provide strategic guidance and direction to management of the WMA over the next 10 years. Carlos Avery WMA currently operates under a Carlos Avery Area Management Plan that was developed in 1977. This plan update will incorporate changes in habitat conditions, wildlife populations, scientific knowledge, public values, and recreational use that have occurred since 1977.

    The following survey is an opportunity for you to let us know how you currently use Carlos Avery WMA and what your priorities are for the master plan and future management. This input will inform the content of the Carlos Avery WMA plan. Additional input opportunities will be available in fall 2024 once a draft plan is developed.

    This survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

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  • Use this form to enter your recipe in the Wild Minnesota Recipe Exchange.

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  • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is evaluating rule change proposals and desires your input.  In the following questionnaire, questions associated with lake trout seasons, native rough fish limits, and limit/season changes for Pool 3 of the Mississippi River and Lake Rebecca are considered.  The topics are listed below and you can answer any or all of them based on your level of interest.

    Questions 1-2:  Lake Trout Seasons

    Questions 3-8:  Daily and possession limits for native rough fish.

    Questions 9-35:  Daily and possession limits and season changes for the inland portions of Pool 3 (Mississippi River) and Lake Rebecca.

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