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Lease of State-Owned Land Managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Agency contact information:

Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
500 Lafayette Rd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-6157 | (888) 646-6367 | (651) 296-5484 (TTY) | (800) 657-3929 (TTY)
Assistant Director
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 45, St. Paul, MN 55155-4045 | (651) 259-5959
(651) 297-3517 (fax)


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Lands and Minerals

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state's natural resources. Hunting, fishing, state forests and parks, lakes, rivers and streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals are managed by the DNR.


Minn. Stats. 84.153


A Lease Request Form will be prepared by the department staff.

Regional staff contacts:

Cindy Buttleman
Region 1, Northwest (218) 308-2627 

Joe Rokala
Region 2, Northeast (218) 999-7894 

Trina Zieman
Region 3, Central (651) 259-5792 

Bob Hobart
Region 4, South (507) 359-6071 


Requests to lease state land are reviewed to determine if the proposed use conflicts with the resource management objectives of the land. Leases are issued for the following types of activities:

   1) Removal of dirt, rock, sand, gravel, and clay;
   2) Agriculture purposes such as hay, pasture, and cropland;

   3) Commercial purposes such as retail, parking lots, mining
       facilities, and manufacturing facilities;

   4) Government purposes such as local government parks,
       trails, monitoring stations, and dry wells;

   5) Miscellaneous purposes such as road right-of-ways, tile
       outlets, and signs; and

   6) Wind energy.

The department does not issue new leases for residential homes, seasonal cabins, or hunting purposes. (Effective in 1973, the legislature directed that no new leases be issued for "cottage and camp purposes" on lands bordering water.)


A lease fee is charged based either on a fee schedule or a percentage of the appraised value of the land.

Period of Issuance:

Most leases have a term of 10 years.

Leases may have a term up to 21 years.

Length of Determination Process:

Several weeks. Process will take an additional 3-6 months if lands acquired with federal aid.