Public comment period ends Dec. 13 for draft management plans for three Minnesota state parks

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Parks and Trails Division is releasing for public review and comment the draft management plans for Zippel Bay State Park, Franz Jevne State Park and Garden Island State Recreation Area (SRA). 

The plans are available on the DNR website.

The public review period will be open through Friday, Dec. 13. When approved, the management plans will guide development and operations of these parks.

The DNR developed the draft management plans with the assistance of a citizen advisory committee, which helped identify issues and review potential management actions for the plans. The management plans will set the direction for these three parks for the next 15 to 20 years and include recommendations for managing natural and cultural resources and providing recreational and interpretative opportunities for recreation area visitors.

Following the comment period, final adjustments will be made and the plans will go to the DNR commissioner’s office for approval.

Zippel Bay State Park, north of Baudette, offers recreation such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming and hiking. Its shoreline, forests and wetlands are important resource areas, including undeveloped Lake of the Woods shoreline, which is valuable to migratory waterfowl and shorebirds.

Garden Island SRA lies 18 miles north of Zippel Bay State Park in Lake of the Woods in Minnesota’s northwest angle. The SRA has 6.5 miles of undeveloped shoreline nesting habitat and a public shore lunch area.

East of Baudette, Franz Jevne State Park sits along the south banks of the Rainy River and is a popular place to fish for walleye, northern, small mouth bass and sturgeon. Its terrain is varied, including both a high rock outcrop south of the campground road and low shoreline areas that are sometimes flooded when the river is high.

Comments can be submitted to Laurie Young, DNR Parks and Trails planning supervisor, 651-259-5638,, or651-297-5475, (fax) by Friday, Dec. 13.