Recreation Compass

Available for most browsers - optimized for mobile use.

USING YOUR SMARTPHONE: Scan QR code below or access page here to bookmark in your phone's web browser.

mndnr.gov/mobile/compass

Use the Rec Compass app to find information about state and federal recreation facilities in Minnesota.

The Recreation Compass map employs different layers such as lakes, forests, parks, and trails. Search by name or by map. We've added a map overlay so that you can easily find hunting permit boundaries.

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Fishing and Hunting License Sales

Available for most browsers - optimized for mobile use.

USING YOUR SMARTPHONE: Scan QR code below or access page here to bookmark in your phone's web browser.

www.dnr.state.mn.us/buyalicense

Hunting and fishing customers can now purchase some hunting and fishing license types on their mobile devices. Any license that requires a site tag such as deer or turkey is not available for mobile purchase.

Once a customer purchases and receives mobile license information by text, email or both, he or she must be able to provide the email or text information to an enforcement officer upon request as proof of a valid license.

Mobile device users will automatically be identified when visiting the DNR website at mndnr.gov/buyalicense and selecting the "Purchase" button at the bottom of the page.

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LakeFinder

Available for most browsers - optimized for mobile use.

USING YOUR SMARTPHONE: Scan QR code below or access page here to bookmark in your phone's web browser.


mndnr.gov/mobile/lakefinder

Take the MN DNR’s lake information on the go with the LakeFinder mobile website. Have thousands of lake surveys, depth maps, and vegetation reports, plus water quality and clarity data literally in the palm of your hand. The LakeFinder contains data for more than 4,500 lakes and rivers throughout Minnesota and the application allows you to get the information on demand with an internet connection.

Improvements in the new Lakefinder:

  • Most iOS and Android smart phone and tablets can access the application.
  • Improved mapping using Google Maps with water access and lake contour overlay.
  • Lake information content optimized for small screens.
  • More lake information available than before.

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Fall Colors

Available for most iPhone and Android phones.

USING YOUR SMARTPHONE: Scan QR code below or access page here to bookmark in your phone's web browser.

mndnr.gov/mobile/fall_colors

Take fall color updates on the road with you!
Catch the colors as they peak - here you can find fall color reports provided by staff at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas from across the state. Updates include percent of color change, integrated with Google maps. Click on a park's name to learn where to go and what you'll see. Also find out what events are taking place at the park. Fall colors details are updated by noon every Thursday.

Colors typically peak between mid-September and early October in the northern third of Minnesota, between late September and early October in the central third, and between late September and mid-October in the southern third (which includes the Twin Cities).

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DNR Layers

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Available for most iPhone and Android phones.

Download Layar and search for "water access" or "mndnr" to turn on MN DNR Water Access Layer.

Layar is a third party application that accesses DNR data.

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MN Water Access
Finding a lake in Minnesota is easy – finding the water access on that lake is another story. Before you even hook up the boat, download this free location-based search app to your phone. Open Layar, turn on the "MN Water Accesses" layer and point your phone at the lake. It’ll help you locate a place to launch your craft for a great day on the water. Most of the public state managed access sites, as well as many of the private access sites, are available.

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GPS Maps

Available in Garmin IMG format.

OHV Trails
Garmin users can download background maps containing Minnesota Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trails. Three files are available based on vehicle use: All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Off-Highway Motorcycles (OHMs), and Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs).



Available in Garmin IMG format.

Snowmobile Trails
Know your exact location and where the trail will take you! Garmin GPS users can now download a background map containing Minnesota Snowmobile Trails, including state trails, trails within state parks, state forests and other state owned lands, as well as snowmobile trails funded through the Grant-In-Aid Snowmobile system.



Available in KMZ (Garmin) and GPX formats.

WIA Data
The Walk-In Access (WIA) program provides public hunting opportunities on private lands. Find a WIA site.


Available in Garmin IMG and Lowrance LCM formats.

WMA Data
Have you ever wondered where the parking lot was at a Wildlife Management Area? Now you can take the parking lot and WMA boundary information with you in two common GPS formats: Garmin and Lowrance. Download the data for all state WMA’s to your GPS and always know where the public land is.