Doug Smith

Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

DNR launches 'recreational compass' site so people can locate public lands

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: January 9, 2014 - 12:04 PM

The Minnesota DNR is unveiling a new website that employs extensive mapping resources to help users locate hunting lands, state parks and forests and a wide range of other recreational areas on mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

The mobile “Recreation Compass” features more than 5.5 million acres of public lands administered as state forest, wildlife management areas, state parks and recreation areas, waterfowl production areas, aquatic management areas, and scientific and natural areas.

It also includes state trails, including water trails, Walk-In access areas, hunter walking trails and nearly 3,000 public water access sites.

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