Field reports: Rain and flooding prompt ATV closures, no-wake zones
Heavy rains and flooding have prompted the closure of some off-highway vehicle trails and state forest roads in northern Minnesota, and no-wake rules are in place on some Northland lakes.
The Minnesota DNR reported that some trails and roads in the Kabetogama, Koochiching, Land O’Lakes and St. Croix state forests have been affected by the abnormally wet conditions so far this June. State forest road and trail users should check the “Current Conditions” link on the DNR website, dnr.state.mn.us, for updates.
The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office announced that a no-wake rule for watercraft is in effect on Pokegama Lake and the Mississippi River because of extremely high water levels, and St. Louis County has imposed a no-wake regulation on its share of Lake Kabetogama. Large wakes can cause serious shoreline erosion, especially at times of high water.
Apply for Camp Ripley archery hunt Hunters can apply starting July 1 for the 2014 regular archery deer hunts at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minn. The application deadline is Aug. 15.
Because of military training needs, the dates for the first of this year’s two hunts are one day earlier than usual, and hunting will not take place on a Friday. As a result, the first hunt will not coincide exactly with the annual Education Minnesota conference as it has in the past.
Hunters may pick from only one of two hunting seasons: Oct. 15-16 (Wednesday-Thursday, code 668) or Oct. 25-26 (Saturday-Sunday, code 669). A total of 4,000 permits (2,000 per two-day hunt) will be made available. Additional rules and instructions for this year’s hunt can be found on the DNR deer hunting Web page, mndnr.gov/hunting/deer.
The archery hunt at Camp Ripley is an annual event. The DNR coordinates the hunt with the Department of Military Affairs, which manages the 53,000-acre military reservation.