Explore the Outdoors with New Mobile Compass

By Erica Wacker

DNR Mobile CompassHikers, fishermen, campers, hunters and birders can now locate public lands throughout Minnesota in the palm of their hands. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources created the Mobile Recreation Compass in 2014 to allow outdoor enthusiasts to see where they are in relation to Minnesota’s 5.5 million acres of state and federal public lands, as well as nearly 3,000 public boat launches and canoe routes.

After allowing the site to access your location, users can click on state parks, trails and water accesses to get directions and information on facilities, activities, events and contact info. Click on a lake to learn what species may be found there. Hunters can find wildlife management areas and walk-in access hunting grounds, and hikers can see themselves as a dot traversing the map. Regional parks are also identified by name and location.

Access the site on any web-enabled device or computer at mndnr.gov/mobile/compass.