Recreational Safety and Enforcement

Performance Area: Outdoor Recreation

Number of students completing safety training classes


Why Is This Important?

Recreational use of Minnesota’s natural resources must be safe and responsible if we are to continue to offer opportunities for future generations. Government has a role in ensuring public health and safety, as well as protecting property.


What Is DNR Doing?

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The DNR is encouraging the safe use of Minnesota’s natural resources by providing educational programs and law enforcement services for the protection of resources, property, and public safety. These programs and services are designed to introduce new and existing users to recreational opportunities and to limit or prevent personal injury accidents and fatalities while encouraging the safe and responsible use of Minnesota’s resources.


Target: Annually train an average of 25,000 students in the firearm safety/hunter education program; 1,300 in the advanced hunter education program; 3,900 in the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) program; 7,700 in the snowmobile safety program; and 6,700 in the boating safety program.

Though factors such as weather and personal behavior greatly influence accidents, through educational programs and law enforcement efforts, the DNR will work to reduce fatal accident rates below the Minnesota long-term annual average in the following areas: snowmobiling (3.75/100,000 registered snowmobiles); ATV use (5.37/100,000 registered ATVs); and boating (1.42/100,000 registered watercraft).