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Minnesota

Population: 4,919,479 (2000)

State Background
Species
Clubs & Organizations
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

651-296-6157
www.dnr.state.mn.us/index.html

State Background

Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. Slightly more than half of all Minnesota residents live in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, the center of transport, business and industry, and home to an internationally-known arts community. The remainder of the state, often referred to as Greater Minnesota, consists of western prairies now given over to intensive agriculture, eastern deciduous forests also heavily farmed and settled, and the less-populated northern boreal forest.

Minnesota borders Wisconsin on the east, and shares a water border in Lake Superior with Michigan. Iowa is to the south, North Dakota and South Dakota are west, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba are north.

Much of the state is relatively flat, but pockmarked with lakes, having been eroded by glacial periods during the Ice Age. The state's average elevation is 1,200 feet. The high point is Eagle Mountain at 2,301 ft and a low of 602 ft at the surface of Lake Superior. The state is one of the most geologically stable regions in the country.

Minnesota has temperature extremes characteristic of its continental climate, with cold winters and mild to hot summers in the south and frigid winters and general cool summers in the north.

State Species

Big Game Bear
Elk
Moose
White-tailed Deer
 
Waterfowl Ducks Geese Mergansers
Furbearer Badger
Beaver
Bobcat
Fisher
Marten
Mink
Muskrat
Opossum
Otter
Raccoon
Small Game Grey Fox
Hares
Mourning Dove
Pheasant
Rabbits
Red Fox
Ruffed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Squirrels
Turkey
Sport Fish Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Bowfin
Brook Trout
Brown Bullhead
Brown Trout
Burbot
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Kokanee Salmon
Lake Sturgeon
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Long-nose Gar
Muskellunge
Northern Pike
Pink Salmon
Rainbow Trout
Sauger
Smallmouth Bass
Sunfish
Tiger Trout
Walleye
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch

Clubs & Organizations

Fishing Minnesota

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