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Backcountry Camp and Fish

  • Matt Humphrey
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    #2109341

    Hello everyone. I just moved here and was looking for some good areas where I could setup a tent and fish for a couple days. Anywhere 90 minutes from Rochester would be ideal. Looking to fish for trout. I have seen the state parks have some backcountry camping but not a ton and would prefer something a little more remote. Thanks for your help!

    FinickyFish
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    #2109902

    Your going to have a hard time finding anything like that on the MN side. Anything with trout and camping won’t be super remote. Best thing I can think of are the canoe in sites at some of the state parks if looking for remote. Afton State Park has one of those and is within 90 min of Roch.

    tswoboda
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    #2109913

    Hello everyone. I just moved here and was looking for some good areas where I could setup a tent and fish for a couple days. Anywhere 90 minutes from Rochester would be ideal. Looking to fish for trout. I have seen the state parks have some backcountry camping but not a ton and would prefer something a little more remote. Thanks for your help!

    Sounds like you’re looking for state forest dispersed camping. Even the state forest established campgrounds are a lot more “remote” feeling than state park campgrounds. Check out the link, should be plenty of info to get you started.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=rjd+memorial+state+forest+dispersed+camping&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS945US945&oq=rjd+memorial+state+forest+DIS&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j33i160l2j33i299.8711j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    Coletrain27
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    #2109928

    I’ve dispersed camped in the zumbro bottoms area. It’s pretty remote but we just hiked and camped and never did any fishing. I think snake creek area woods would be a decent option since there is trout in that stream. I’ve never fished it but I’ve been there on wheeler

    FinickyFish
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    #2110286

    Careful there. I think you meant disbursed camping is allowed in state forests NOT state parks. Also public lands such as WMAs or WPAs are generally no camping but there may be a few exceptions. Otherwise you’d see tents and campers like crazy on deer, waterfowl, and pheasant openers. Could you imagine…

    tswoboda
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    #2110288

    Theres some pretty remote areas with good trout fishing in the Houston area. Plenty of public land that (I would assume) you’re able to camp on. Otherwise dispersed camping is allowed on all state parks unless otherwise noted. Beaver Creek Valley state park might be a good place to start

    State/National Forest and tax forfeit county land are pretty much the only areas dispersed camping is allowed in MN. Definitely can’t camp outside of established campgrounds in State Parks, WMAs, WPAs, and NWRs.

    Matt Humphrey
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    #2110292

    I’ve dispersed camped in the zumbro bottoms area. It’s pretty remote but we just hiked and camped and never did any fishing. I think snake creek area woods would be a decent option since there is trout in that stream. I’ve never fished it but I’ve been there on wheeler

    So I’m not entirely sure what Zumbro “bottoms area” is since I just moved here. Can you help me out a little? haha. Thanks, man.

    Matt Humphrey
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    #2110304

    You guys have been great. I really appreciate it.

    Coletrain27
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    #2110352

    The zumbro river runs through that so no trout but it’s a nice area to hike and camp anywhere you want

    tswoboda
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    #2110371

    I’ve looked to find this information on the DNR site without any luck. Do you by chance know where I might find it?

    It’s scattered all over. It’ll take some Google work and don’t trust second hand sources like me, some dude on a forum. You can call the management offices for reliable info too.

    WPAs WMAs and NWRs mostly all have no overnight camping signs posted in parking areas.

    Parks, whether state or national are almost never open dispersed camping.

    State and National Forests are mostly open to dispersed camping, but still depends on the individual unit.

    Unlike our west, there’s no BLM land in Minnesota.

    TheFamousGrouse
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    St. Paul, MN
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    #2110420

    Care must also be used when trout fishing streams in MN because it’s easy to cross from public land into areas where there is a stream-side angler easement but the rest of the land is private. Or there may be no easement at all and you have to stay in the water to avoid trespassing.

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