Spring thaw may close DNR roads and trails
The upcoming spring thaw signals wet, soft road and trail conditions, which prompt the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to close some state forest roads and trails to vehicle traffic temporarily. Those closures are expected to begin in the next few weeks.
“The spring thaw leads to soft soils, which may be susceptible to damage,” said Richard Peterson, acting recreation program coordinator for the DNR’s Division of Forestry. “We expect temporary closures to begin within the next couple of weeks, depending on local temperatures, precipitation and soil conditions. Generally, all roads and trails in a particular forest will be closed, but not always. Those that can handle motor vehicle traffic will remain open.”
Signs will be posted at entry points and at parking lots in state forests, but the DNR urges forest users to check on road and trail conditions before planning trips to avoid being surprised and disappointed by temporary closures. Road and trail condition information is updated every Thursday by 2 p.m. at mndnr.gov/ trailconditions. This information is also available from 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.