Blaine Wetland Sanctuary





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Over 500 acres


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11980 Lexington Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55449

N45 11.236, W93 9.934






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Trail Distance Map: Blaine Wetland Sanctuary (PDF)



Trail running


Mountain biking

Horseback riding







Nature photography




Cross country skiing


Winter hiking





Visitors are asked to stay on the trails.


0.95 mile mixed surface gravel / boardwalk


0.81 miles


Hunting and Fishing



Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Section Ecological Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

Anoka Sand Plain

Land Type Association    

Anoka Lake Plain


Native Plant Communities*



* Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources    

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Boardwalk Photos
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  Sign – 2018
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  “Stay on trails and boardwalk”
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Paved Trail

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Drainage Ditch

  Anoka Sand Plain Wet Meadow
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Rich Fen

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Rich Fen

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Wet Meadow, Poor Fen, and Upland Buffer  





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Blaine Wetland Sanctuary
Blaine City Hall


Aug 15, 2018

The Blaine Wetland Sanctuary is a 500 acre open space oasis in the middle of Blaine, MN. With a boardwalk connecting upland island visitors can enjoy this peaceful space.

Blaine Wetland Sanctuary Preview
Blaine City Hall


Jul 24, 2018

Blaine Opens Wetland Sanctuary


Published on Aug 17, 2017

The Blaine Wetland Sanctuary is open to the public after years of restoration and paperwork. The 500-acre open space is a great spot to exercise, relax or connect with nature.

Blaine Wetland Boardwalk
Peterson Companies, Inc


Published on Sep 26, 2017

How do we install boardwalk in the middle of a swamp? With customized power buggies of course. The Blaine Wetland Boardwalk is almost finished!

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Blaine Wetland Boardwalk Completed
Peterson Companies, Inc


Published on Jan 18, 2018

Connecting two neighborhoods in this Twin Cities suburb, the Blaine Wetland Boardwalk is 4,881 feet of boardwalk and trail.

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bristle-berry (Rubus stipulatus)

swamp blackberry (Rubus semisetosus)

Vermont blackberry (Rubus vermontanus)

Wheeler’s blackberry (Rubus wheeleri)

white-edge sedge (Carex debilis var. rudgei) Sightings




eBird Field Checklist

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)


American Goldfinch

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Canada Goose


Mourning Dove

Tree Swallow

Wood Duck

Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Dryad’s Saddle (Cerioporus squamosus)

  Dryad’s Saddle

Insects and Arachnids

common eastern bumble bee (Bombus impatiens)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)



American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)   American red squirrel


Five plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:


bristle-berry (Rubus stipulatus)

twisted yelloweyed grass (Xyris torta)


lance-leaved violet (Viola lanceolata ssp. lanceolata)

swamp blackberry (Rubus semisetosus)

Special Concern

Vermont blackberry (Rubus vermontanus)


American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American dog violet (Viola labradorica)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

Bicknell’s cranesbill (Geranium bicknellii)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

bluejoint (Calamagrostis canadensis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

cereal rye (Secale cereale)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common wheat (Triticum aestivum ssp. aestivum)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cream pea (Lathyrus ochroleucus)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris var. pubescens)

European common reed (Phragmites australis ssp. australis)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garden yellowrocket (Barbarea vulgaris)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

graceful sedge (Carex gracillima)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

mapleleaf goosefoot (Chenopodium simplex)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

mountain maple (Acer spicatum)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

nodding chickweed (Cerastium nutans)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. triflorum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rosy sedge (Carex rosea)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

scrambled eggs (Corydalis aurea ssp. aurea)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

small white violet (Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

soft-stem bulrush (Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani)

steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa)

stickseed (Hackelia spp.)

tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum)

touch-me-not (Impatiens spp.)

violets (Viola section Chamaemelanium subsection Nudicaules)

water plantain (Alisma spp.)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)


Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer spicatum (mountain maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Alisma sp. (water plantain)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Barbarea vulgaris (garden yellowrocket)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint)

Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd’s purse)

Carex gracillima (graceful sedge)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Carex rosea (rosy sedge)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cerastium nutans (nodding chickweed)

Chenopodium album (common lambsquarters)

Chenopodium simplex (mapleleaf goosefoot)

Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Corydalis aurea ssp. aurea (scrambled eggs)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium bicknellii (Bicknell’s cranesbill)

Geum triflorum var. triflorum (prairie smoke)

Hackelia sp. (stickseed)

Impatiens sp. (touch-me-not)

Lathyrus ochroleucus (cream pea)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phragmites australis ssp. australis (European common reed)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (soft-stem bulrush)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Secale cereale (cereal rye)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Spiraea tomentosa (steeplebush)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thelypteris palustris var. pubescens (eastern marsh fern)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Triticum aestivum ssp. aestivum (common wheat)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis (American stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Viola labradorica (American dog violet)

Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens (small white violet)

Viola section Chamaemelanium subsection Nudicaules (violets)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)


American bugleweed

American red raspberry

black cherry

blue vervain


common blue violet

common false Solomon’s seal

common mullein

common yarrow

eastern false rue anemone

fragrant bedstraw

hoary alyssum

interrupted fern

Morrow’s honeysuckle

northern prickly ash

prairie smoke

swamp smartweed

violet (Viola section Chamaemelanium subsection Nudicaules)

white clover

wild columbine

wild grape

yellow foxtail


common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)   common garter snake





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