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Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC)


Every two years, MAISRC conducts a comprehensive Research Needs Assessment that calibrates our compass for future research. By establishing clear priorities in both species and topics, we are then able to map new solutions to Minnesota's aquatic invasive species problems and provide timely and functional findings to a worldwide audience. 


Click here to reach the survey.



Boat wake impacts research study - U of M St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

Recreational boating is a well-established and well-loved activity in Minnesota. As
the popularity of boating continues to grow and the size and power of recreational
watercraft increases, how will our lakes and shorelines respond?


The University of Minnesota's St. Anthony Falls Laboratory is launching a new
research initiative that looks to measure the height and energy of waves and depth
and force of propeller wash generated by wake boats and other large watercraft to
better understand and quantify their impacts on lake bottoms and shorelines.This
information can help build understanding on how best to manage and protect our
lakes for future generations.

Click here to read the details

Click here to see how to donate to this crowd-funded effort

Click here to see the current fundraising status

2020 Minnesota Boating Guide


Enjoying Minnesota's lakes and rivers by paddle or motorboat
is a wonderful privilege. Fun boating is safe boating so please
read this guide thoroughly and contact the Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) with any questions you may have.

Click here for the 2020 Minnesota Boating Guide.




2019 Citizen Lake and Stream Monitoring Program data



To access your 2019 data, go to the Citizen Monitoring Program Individual Site Report website. From there you can navigate to your data in one of two ways:


1. Use the map tab to navigate to the monitoring site on your lake or stream. Click on the black triangle next to the lake ID or the black circle next to the stream ID. In the box that appears, click on "Citizen Monitoring Report" . Your report will open in a new tab.

2. Use the text tab to enter your monitoring site number (i.e. 01-0001-00-101 for lakes or S001-101 for streams) in the very bottom box titled "Citizen Monitoring Site or Lake ID number." A new page will open with the name of your lake or stream and the monitoring site number you entered. Click on the monitoring site number and your report will open in a new tab. 

If you have any questions regarding your report, please feel free to contact us at for the Citizen Lake Monitoring Program and for the Citizen Stream Monitoring Program. 

Safe  boating during COVID-19

MnDNR - Time on the water provides many

benefits. We encourage local day use as a

good way to stay healthy, reduce stress, and

enjoy time with your family. While you’re

enjoying those first boat rides of the season,

protect yourself and others, and help slow

the spread of COVID-19.  Click here for MnDNR

advice on social distancing while boating.

#RecreateResponsibly to Protect Yourself, Others, and the Outdoors

During this public health crisis, spending time in outdoor spaces has become even more important for many Americans. Yet these unusual circumstances mean that all of us, from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts to families heading out to their local park for the first time, could use a little guidance about how to stay safe. The Recreate Responsibly guidelines offer a starting point for getting outside to keep yourself healthy and to maintain access to our parks, trails, and beaches.

Click here for details.


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