DNR temporarily closes state park along the Rainy River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced this morning that Franz Jevne State Park along the Rainy River in Birchdale, Minn., is closed temporarily because of flooding on the border river.

For updates and more information about the park, click here or contact the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us, (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Take Me Fishing lists ‘Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots’

North Dakota didn’t have any destinations on the list, but four Minnesota state parks were among the “Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots” list from the Take Me Fishing organization.

To qualify for the list, Take Me Fishing said the places had to be within an hour’s drive of a  major city or town, have a body of water known for having plenty of common fish species, be part of a park that offers family friendly amenities and offer plenty of places to cast a line such as fishing piers and boat ramps.

The four Minnesota destinations were Itasca State Park near Park Rapids, No. 48; William O’Brien State Park, Marine on St. Croix, No. 96; Fort Snelling State Park, West St. Paul, No. 98; and Father Hennepin State Park, Isle, No. 99.

Topping the list was Lake Berryessa, Pleasure Cove Resort and Marina, Napa Valley, Calif.

To see the full list of top 100 destinations, click here.


Kvalevog to guide lieutenant governor in Governor’s Fishing Opener

A couple of outdoorsy nuggets for you on this Friday:

Toby Kvalevog, a UND goalie in the 1990s, will guide Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon during the May 10 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener in the Brainerd Lakes Area. A Bemidji High School grad, Kvalevog is an eighth-grade physical education teacher at Forestview Middle School in Brainerd also is a fishing guide. Ray Gildow, a renowned fishing guide in the Brainerd area, will guide Gov. Mark Dayton for the Governor’s Opener event.

And this item from the online syndicated Fishing Wire:

The Minnesota state Senate on Monday approved a measure that would rename the undesirable Asian carp to “invasive carp.” It’s a response to concern that the current term casts people from Asian cultures in a negative light.

Senators added the proposal to a larger bill that governs Minnesota natural-resource use. The legislation will return to the Minnesota House, where it passed earlier this month without the name change.

Champlin, Minn., Democrat John Hoffman said on the Senate floor that referring to the fish as “Asian” was hurtful to some people.