Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson has been a Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993, before which, for 13 years, he held the same position at the Pioneer Press. He enjoys casting and shooting. Dogs, too, and horses. Also kids and, occasionally, crusading in his column for improved conservation.

DNR to close some roads, trails due to wet weather

Posted by: Dennis Anderson under Weather Updated: April 11, 2013 - 3:19 PM

The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that wet weather statewide will require it to close some road and trails.

Many of the affected roads and trails are in state forests, state parks, recreation areas and wildlife management areas. Road and trail conditions are deteriorating rapidly this spring, the DNR said.

The  closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather.

“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.”

State forest closures can be particularly problematic. Oftentimes, all roads and trails in a  forest will be closed, but not always, the DNR said.

Online road and trail condition information is updated every Thursday by 2 p.m. Check out the “Current Conditions” page on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov (www.dnr.state.mn.us/trailconditions/index.html).

Closure information is also available by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free, 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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