Minnesota DNR To Host Educational Outdoors Events At State Parks

Minnesota DNR To Host Educational Outdoors Events At State Parks
The Minnesota Department of Natural resources will conduct four educational and entertaining outdoor seminars on Saturday, Jan. 12. Attendees can learn how to ice fish, spear pike through the ice, tie flies and much more.

Introduction to ice fishing

Tettegouche State Park will host a free ice fishing orientation on Lax Lake. Participants will target panfish and pike, and all equipment, bait and hot beverages will be provided by the park.

The DNR advises attendees to dress for the weather and bring their own water, snacks and fishing licenses. Ice conditions might be safe for driving, but participants should plan to park at the boat landing and walk the short distance to the fishing area.

Location: Tettegouche State Park, Silver Bay

Date: Saturday, Jan. 12

Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Directions: 5 miles northeast of Silver Bay on State Highway 61.

For more information: Call 218-353-8809 or email

Dark-house spearing 101

Participants will sit in a windowless ice house and peer into a rectangular hole in the ice. A “decoy” lure will be used to attract pike to the water beneath the hole, and a spear will be used to catch the fish. The visual nature of the sport makes spearing a unique experience.

The DNR says the program is best suited for adults and older children. Spearing often involves sitting for long periods — often near a heater — and fast movements during the act of spearing.

Dress for the weather. The program will take place unless there is a severe weather warning. Attendees will meet in the Interpretive Center for a brief orientation before heading out on the ice. Winter boots are mandatory (please contact the park naturalist if you need access to winter boots) and ice cleats highly recommended.

Location: Sibley State Park, New London

Date: Saturday, Jan. 12

Time: 12-2 p.m.

Directions: On U.S. Hwy. 71, 15 miles north of Willmar.

For more Information: Call 320-354-2002 or email

Winter trails day

An annual tradition of fun winter activities. Representatives from the National Park Service, REI, DNR and U.S. Forest Service will host a range of activities to help attendees make the most of cold weather.

Participants can try ice fishing, cross-country skiing, skijoring, quinzee building, and other activities. The event is free, but Minnesota State Parks require a vehicle permit — $7 for a day pass or $35 for the year.

Location: Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul

Date: Saturday, Jan. 12

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Directions: On Post Rd. off State Hwy. 5, just west of MSP International Airport.

For more information: Call the visitor center at 612-725-2724 or the park office 612-279-3550.

Fly tying for beginners

This hands-on program is designed for participants with little or no fly-tying experience. Attendees will learn the skills needed to tie basic yet effective fly patterns. Once learned, those skills can be used to tie a dazzling array of other patterns.

Advance registration is suggested to ensure there are enough tools and materials on hand for all participants. Register by calling 651-231-6968 or emailing

Location: Afton State Park, Hastings

Date: Saturday, Jan. 12

Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Directions: From St. Paul, go 8 miles east on I-94, 7 miles south on Hwy. 95 (old Co. Rd. 15), then 3 miles east on Co. Rd. 20.

For more information: Call 651-231-6968 or email

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