Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Hunting, Fishing & the Outdoors

I grew up in Brainerd, Minnesota, in the heart of Minnesota's lake country. Along with my brother, Jim, and sister, Mary Pat, I began my lifelong enjoyment of hunting, fishing and the outdoors at an early age. The Nolan homestead in rural Crosby is now a regular gathering place for 5 generations of Nolans who together tap maple syrup in spring, harvest wild rice in the fall, and never miss a hunting or fishing opener. 

As a gun owner and hunter, and a member of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, I work to pass legislation in the House of Representatives that protects the rights of responsible gun owners, preserves wildlife habitat for recreation, and supports hunting and fishing on federal lands.

More on Hunting, Fishing & the Outdoors

Jun 11, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] The U.S. House of Representatives today passed Congressman Rick Nolan’s bipartisan North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act (H.R. 1026). The measure revises the authorized route of the North Country National Scenic Trail - extending it to the Appalachian Trail in Vermont and modifying the route in northeastern Minnesota. Specifically this legislation:

Apr 24, 2018 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The House Natural Resources Committee today unanimously passed U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s bipartisan bill (H.R. 1026) to incorporate the more than 400 miles of Superior Hiking Trail, Border Route Trail and the Kekekabic Trail into the North Country National Scenic Trail. The measure, which will proceed to the full House for final passage, brings the trail’s total length to approximately 4,600 miles and extends the route into Vermont from its current terminus near Crown Point, NY. 

Apr 9, 2018 the Monday Report

Americans Agree – We Can’t Fix Our National Parks by Pricing Them Out of Reach


Making our national parks unaffordable to millions of Americans with the largest entry fee increase since World War II is no way to address the $12 billion maintenance backlog that is putting these treasured public lands at risk.

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Mar 28, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan’s Voyageurs National Park Land Exchange Bill 
Passes House on Voice Vote

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release

The U.S. House of Representatives last night passed U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act to increase funding for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers’ Aquatic Nuisance Control Program by nearly 50%.

Jul 12, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today lauded the House Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee’s inclusion of the authorized $300 million funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the passage of their Fiscal Year 2018 Interior Appropriations bill. Nolan was a key leader in the effort to secure this authorized funding level for the GLRI.

Dec 14, 2016 In The News

BREEZY POINT—"I'm not a deer hunter, but after this, I could be," commented Tim Terrill of Breezy Point.

He was one of about 500 browsing the offerings of the 14th annual Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener in Breezy Point Thursday night. It was hard not to feel like part of the hunting party among all the orange and storytelling floating around the room.

Oct 20, 2016 In The News

ORR — What started a year and a half ago as an idea to better connect the many miles of ATV trails in and around the Orr and Crane Lake areas has turned into one of the fastest growing clubs in northern Minnesota.

And the 18-month effort has lead to an expanded trail system for riders across the area.

The group, known as the Voyageur Country ATV Club, celebrated the expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week at Melgeorge’s Elephant Lake Lodge. Around 200 people showed up to mark the occasion including several elected officials.

Sep 20, 2016 Press Release

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today announced the annual cisco bait fish harvest at the Prairie Portage would be allowed to proceed this year, following recent confirmation from Superior National Forest Supervisor Connie Cummins.

The Forest Service also informed the lawmakers the agency would continue working with the Minnesota DNR and angling stakeholders in the Ely area to determine an alternative location for the 2017 harvest.

Jul 12, 2016 In The News

The Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded more than $75,000 for a project to reduce phosphorus and sediment in Deer Creek, a tributary to the Nemadji River south of Wrenshall, courtesy of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding by the Great Lakes Commission.