According to the DNR, we may legally access Minnesota's lakes and rivers "if public land or a public road right-of-way borders the surface of the water or if you have permission to cross private land to reach the surface of the water" (DNR, http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/fishing/fishing2015.pdf#view=fit&pagemode=bookmarks).
|Bridge overlooking Chippewa River site|
We do often knock on the nearby homes of the landowners that live next to the river to ask for permission though, just in case.
|Farmland near Chippewa River site|
|Entry into Snake River site|
If you're super excited about our research and hoping to collect some of your own mussel shells, here's a heads up about the DNR's rules about that:
- People with a fishing license and children younger than 16 may hand-pick or possess up to 24 whole shells or 48 half shells from dead mussels of species that are not endangered or threatened
- Shell collection is allowed from May 16 through the last day in February
- You cannot take mussel shells from the St. Croix River
- You cannot possess zebra mussels
- Mussel shells cannot be bought or sold
Photo Credits: photo 3, Macalester promotional material