Minnesota state parks offer a fishing opener for everyone – no license, no equipment, no experience necessary

From the DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) believes that no one should feel left out of the big Minnesota fishing opener.

Any state resident who wants to participate  can now do so easily and for free at most Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.

Die to a change in law, Minnesota residents no longer need a license when shore-fishing at most lakes within Minnesota state parks. The law went into effect in July 2009. Other rules and regulations apply, such as the legal limit of fish that can be caught. Details, including a map showing where to find the free fishing opportunities, can be found online at mndnr.gov (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/fishing.html).

At Wild River State Park, park visitors can fish the St. Croix River free as long as it is within the boundaries of the state park.

The DNR) also stocks parks with fishing kits that visitors can borrow for free.

The  kits, which include a pole and tackle, are now available at 30 state parks. Check out the list of where to find free loaner equipment (also including GPS units, binoculars and bird guides, and activities for kids) at mndnr.gov (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/loaner.html).

For tips on fishing with families and a list of 10 parks with especially good fishing opportunities, visit mndnr.gov or call the DNR Information Center, 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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