Blue Mounds State Park

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Area and County

Rock County





1,830 acres statutory, 1,579 owned


Minnesota DNR All Season Map

Park Office

N43 42.998, W96 11.455

Hiking Trails

13 miles
1 mile interpretive trail


No hunting

Ecological Classification


Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification


North Central Glaciated Plains


Inner Coteau

Land Type Association(s)

Blue Mounds

Luverne Alluvial Plain

Trosky Till Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Prairie)

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie): Sioux Quartzite Subtype

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern)

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Seepage Meadow/Carr: Tussock Sedge Subtype

Southern Dry Savanna

Spikerush - Bur Reed Marsh (Prairie)

Wet Prairie (Southern)

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Eagle Rock, the high point in the park at 1,683 feet, provides a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view that includes three states.







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  Blue Mounds State Park, A photo essay

Published on Sep 7, 2012

A Photo Essay of Blue Mounds State Park, Minnesota. A film by Joel Schnell.

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  New bison calves, at Blue Mounds State Park!

Published on May 15, 2012

New bison calves have been born on the Minnesota prairie at Blue Mounds State Park.

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Published on Jul 3, 2013

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Published on Oct 26, 2012

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Published on Aug 17, 2012

This video displays some of the breathtaking views at Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne, Minnesota - a state park in the Southwestern part of the state. This state park is known for its beautiful landscapes and protected herd of bison.





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Twenty bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:



Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus)

Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)

Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii)



Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)


Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


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Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

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Northern Flicker

Ring-necked Pheasant

Insects and Arachnids

One insect species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:


Special concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)


goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

painted lady (Vanessa cardui)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

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American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

painted lady


American bison (Bison bison)

eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

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eastern cottontail


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



blackfoot quillwort (Isoetes melanopoda)

hairy waterclover (Marsilea vestita)

western prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera praeclara)

Wolf’s spikerush (Eleocharis wolfii)



blue mudplantain (Heteranthera limosa)

disk water-hyssop (Bacopa rotundifolia)

tapertip flatsedge (Cyperus acuminatus)

two-headed water starwort (Callitriche heterophylla var. heterophylla)


Special concern

buffalo grass (Buchloë dactyloides)

narrow-leaved vervain (Verbena simplex)

Oregon woodsia (Woodsia oregana ssp. cathcartiana)

plains prickly pear (Opuntia macrorhiza)

slender plantain (Plantago elongata)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

tumblegrass (Schedonnardus paniculatus)

water mudwort (Limosella aquatica)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas (Bell Museum of Natural History) Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest MHs38b

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Prairie) MRp83a

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie): Sioux Quartzite Subtype ROs12a2

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern) UPs13d

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest MHs49a

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

Seepage Meadow/Carr: Tussock Sedge Subtype WMs83a1

Southern Dry Savanna UPs14

Spikerush - Bur Reed Marsh (Prairie) MRp93b

Wet Prairie (Southern) WPs54b



American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

brittle prickly pear (Opuntia fragilis)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sow thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

compass plant (Silphium laciniatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

oval-leaf milkweed (Asclepias ovalifolia)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plains prickly pear (Opuntia macrorhiza)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota ssp. carota)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

short-awned foxtail (Alopecurus aequalis)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

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

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

prickly sow thistle (Sonchus asper)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

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brittle prickly pear

butterfly weed

common milkweed

common yarrow

compass plant


prairie onion

prairie rose

Queen Anne’s lace

stiff goldenrod

swamp milkweed

tall cinquefoil

white prairie clover

white snakeroot

whorled milkweed




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