Hayes Lake State Park in northwest Minnesota has a new assistant manager, the Department of Natural Resources announced today.
Jack Pellinen began his new job June 19 and has been with the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division since 2002.
Hayes Lake State Park is located in southern Roseau County on the edge of Beltrami Island State Forest.
Pellinen began his career as a mine interpreter and parks worker at Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northeast Minnesota. He became a parks worker at Bear Head Lake State Park nearly Ely, Minn., in 2008, and then the administrative specialist. He went on to work as a park specialist at Temperance River, Tettegouche, and George H. Crosby-Manitou state parks in 2013 and 2014.
Most recently, Pellinen worked as the assistant park manager at McCarthy Beach State Park.
“We are excited to have Jack with us to help manage the Northwest Region Parks and Trails operations,” said Allen Lego, manager of Lake Bronson State Park in Kittson County, which has handled management of Hayes Lake. “He brings diverse experiences to our team and will be a big asset and great addition.”
Pellinen holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Bemidji State University. He enjoys sailing, blacksmithing, reading and playing music.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work at Hayes Lake State Park. It’s a position I’ve been working hard to obtain,” Pellinen said in a news release. “The park offers fantastic recreation opportunities and a great variety of camping options. There’s something for everyone here.”
Pellinen adds he is looking forward to learning more about the horse and ATV trails that connect to Beltrami Island State Forest via the Bemis Hill recreation area.