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DNR: Check status before traveling

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Before venturing out to campgrounds, trails and public water accesses statewide, people should check online or call ahead to avoid surprises, advises the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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At Minnesota state parks, the cold weather has kept water shut off and RV dump stations closed at many campgrounds.

As for roads and trails, the DNR anticipates the need for temporary closures in state forests, state parks, recreation areas and wildlife management areas, due to wet conditions. Road and trail conditions are deteriorating rapidly this spring, and many are not yet firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. The temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions.

People can also call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For conditions at state parks, check the visitor alerts on the individual park pages or call the parks directly.

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