Minnesota facts & figures


Land area: 79,610.08 sq. mi.

Water area: 7,328.79 sq. mi.

Total area: 86,938.87 sq. mi.

State length: 406 miles

State width: 348 miles

Lowest point: Lake Superior shore - 602 ft.

Highest point: Eagle Mountain, Cook County - 2301 ft.

Average mean altitude: 1200 ft.

Largest County: St. Louis - 6,125 sq. mi.

Smallest County: Ramsey - 154 sq. mi.


State-Owned Lands Managed by the DNR

as of June 2014

DNR Management Program Approx. Acres Managed
State Forests 3,134,900
Wildlife Management Areas 1,191,500
Other Areas Managed for Forestry 720,700
State Parks and Recreation Areas 236,900
Scientific & Natural Areas 183,100
Other Areas Managed for Wildlife 43,700
Aquatic and Fish Management Areas 30,000
Building Sites and Undesignated Lands 23,900
State Trails 11,500
Mineral Lands 3,700
Water Access Sites 3,100
Wild and Scenic Rivers 1,500
Water Management Areas (Dams) 800
Water Trails 700
Wetland Bank Projects 300
Total DNR managed acres 5,586,300

Source: DNR Land Records Database

The DNR also administers state mineral rights underlying approximately 13.5 million acres. DNR has administrative responsibility to manage trust lands (in FY13 a total of $31 million was deposited in the Permanent School Fund), and to make PILT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) payments to the counties, which totaled about $31 million for 2013 (payable in 2014).

(Updated June 2014)