The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has published this set of maps to help anglers locate trout fishing opportunities and angler access points in southern Minnesota. These maps use different colors to show angling regulations for 2015 and identify areas with public fishing in state parks, state forests, wildlife management areas, and streamside-fishing easements. On each map is a list of streams that indicates the trout species present and whether it is a “wild” population or if management recommendation include trout stocking.
A permit is required to park a vehicle within a state park. Annual and short-term permits can be purchased at state park offices or by calling toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367). No special permits are required to park on or enter wildlife management areas or state forest lands. Please use designated parking areas where they are available.
Streamside easements are marked in light gray and are open to public fishing through permanent agreements between the DNR and landowners along the stream. Signs also mark many easements. However, signs are sometimes missing, so anglers should use these maps to be sure they are on an easement. Hunting and other recreational activities are not permitted without the landowner’s permission in easement areas.
• Middle Branch Whitewater River, located in Whitewater State Park (map 8)
• South Branch Root River at the dam in Lanesboro (map 5)
• One site in the City of Preston (map 1)
• Lanesboro Park Pond (map 5)
• Duschee Creek—6 accessible sites along ¼ mile stretch between Lanesboro Area Office and Lanesboro Fish Hatchery (map 2)
• Camp Creek—3 accessible sites along the lower mile of stream along the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail (map 1)
• Mill Creek in the city of Chatfield (map 4)
Note: These maps are intended as a supplement to the current Minnesota Fishing Regulations. Anglers are advised to read and know the current regulations in affect.
The DNR works with landowners to acquire easements to trout stream corridors. As trout anglers, we need to do our part to improve angler/ landowner relations so future generations of anglers have good access. Just because you do not see a “No Trespassing” sign doesn’t necessarily mean you can access private property. Know the State Trespass law as it relates to trout fishing and always ask if you are not sure. Here are a few things to keep in mind while enjoying your favorite trout stream:
Do Not Litter. Littering is the single biggest complaint the DNR
receives each year regarding trout anglers. Pack out more than you
Avoid gates and fences if you can, and always leave them as you find them.
Be cautious around livestock and do not harass livestock.
Be courteous when parking your vehicle. Do not block field drives or park where it creates unsafe or inconvenient situations for you or others.
Thank the landowners that allow you to fish on private property. And thank those landowners who are part of the trout stream easement program, too!