The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will need to close many roads and trails temporarily in state forests, state parks, recreation areas and wildlife management areas, due to wet, snowy conditions. Road and trail conditions are deteriorating rapidly this spring, and many are not yet firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. The temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions.
"These are normal spring closures that happen when roads and trails become wet and fragile," said Richard Peterson, recreation program coordinator for the DNR's Forestry Division. "We ask that people use good judgment, obey the closures and frequently check the DNR website for updates."
Road conditions can change quickly. The DNR advises people to check individual state park, state trail or state forest Web pages before planning trips to avoid being surprised and disappointed by temporary closures.
Road and trail users should pay particular attention to state forest closures. Generally, all roads and trails in a particular forest will be closed, but not always. Those that can handle motor vehicle traffic will remain open but may be restricted by gross vehicle weight. Signs will be posted at entry points and parking lots.
Online road and trail condition information is updated every Thursday by 2 p.m. Changes are added as soon as possible to the "Current Conditions" page on the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/trailconditions/index.html. Signs may be in place before the website is updated. All signs must be obeyed.
Road and trail closure information is also available by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free, 1-888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
For information on roads and trails on county land, contact the county directly.