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Title: Lease of State-Owned Land Managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Alternate Title:
Description: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Subject: Lands, Public
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:14:20 PM
Modification Date: 3/15/2010 12:06:14 PM
Agency Name: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
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:
Agency Address: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Dept. of
500 Lafayette Rd.

St. Paul
MN 55155

Unit Name: Assistant Director
Unit URL:
Unit Description:
Unit Phone: 651-259-5959
Unit Fax: 651-297-3517
Contact person(s): Unit URL:
Unit Address:
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 45

St. Paul
MN 55155-4045

Audience: Hold Application URL:
Renewal URL:
Versa URL:

Leases may be issued for several types of activities that may include:

  • Earth material removal or deposition of dirt, rock, sand, gravel, and clay;
  • Agriculture purposes such as hay, pasture, and cropland;
  • Cooperative farming to aid wildlife and plant management;
  • Commercial purposes such as retail, parking lots, mining facilities, and manufacturing facilities;
  • Government purposes such as local government parks, trails, monitoring stations, and dry wells; and
  • Miscellaneous purposes such as road right-of-ways, tile outlets, and storage sites.

Statutes: 84.153


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

Contact your Division of Lands and Minerals Regional Operations staff for more information.


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

Period of Issuance:

State leases will usually have a maximum term of twenty years, with some lease types limited to two years. Agricultural leases and cooperative farming agreements will usually have a term of three years or less. Most leases are usually renewed upon the expiration of the lease term, provided that the continued use does not conflict with the current resource management objectives.

Length of Determination: Several weeks. Process will take an additional 3-6 months if lands acquired with federal aid.
Other Info:
Activity: Lands, Public
Leasing of state-owned land managed by MN DNR
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