Title: Easement Across State-Owned Land Managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Alternate Title: State-Owned Land Managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Easements
Description: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may issue an easement to cross state-owned lands for the purpose of constructing and maintaining roads.
Subject: Lands, Public
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:12:36 PM
Modification Date: 9/13/2019 9:39:25 AM
Agency Name: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us
Agency Description: 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.
Agency Phone: 651-296-6157
Agency Fax: Agency URL: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us
Agency Address: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Dept. of
500 Lafayette Rd.
Division Name: Lands and Minerals Division
Division Phone: Division Fax: Division URL:
Unit Name: Assistant Director
Unit Phone: 651-259-5959
Unit Fax: 651-297-3517
Contact person(s): Unit URL:
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 45
The DNR may issue an easement to cross state-owned lands for the purpose of constructing and maintaining roads. However, the DNR is not required to issue easements upon request. Also, department staff often request applicants to realign proposed easements to minimize impacts.
See Minn. Stat. § 85.015, subd. 1(b) for trail crossing easements to adjacent landowners.
See Minn. Stat. § 84.633 that authorizes the DNR to convey a road easement across state land in exchange for a road easement to access property owned by a government unit or private party. Exchanges are limited to existing access corridors.
Application for Easement Across State Land
Application and instructions for completing application are available at Easement
Contact your Division of Lands and Minerals Division of Lands & Minerals Regional Operations staff for more information.
There are three fees:
1) An application fee of $2,000 to cover the cost of reviewing the application and preparing the easement.
2) An easement fee that is payment for the market value of the easement.
3) A monitoring fee to cover reasonable costs for monitoring construction of the road and preparing special terms and conditions of the easement.
Period of Issuance:
Easements may be temporary, permanent, or for a specified
Length of Determination: Several weeks. Process will take an additional 3-6 months if lands acquired with federal aid.
Activity: Lands, Public
Easements across state-owned land managed by DNR
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