Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

 

 

     
 
About
 
 

Ownership

 
 

City of St. Paul logo

 
     
 

Links

 
 

City of St. Paul

Lower Phalen Creek Project

National Park Service: Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary on Facebook

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

Representative Bruce Vento was well-known as a champion for environmental causes in Minnesota and across the nation. During his tenure in Congress, he was chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands for ten years, overseeing the enactment of 300 laws. After his death in 2000, several places in the Metro area were established in his honor: the Vento View Overlook near Cherokee Park, the Bruce Vento Regional Trail in Maplewood and St. Paul, which then leads down through Swede Hollow to the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. The 27-acre sanctuary is located just east of downtown St. Paul, tucked in between the railroad tracks along Warner Road and the bluffs below Mounds Park. One cave, called Wakan Tipi (Spirit House), was a significant site for the Native Americans living in the area. In 1853, the North Star Brewery was built here, and they used one of the caves to store beer. Starting in the 1880’s, the area became a railroad and industrial area, later becoming largely abandoned in the 1970’s. In 2001, a coalition of St. Paul residents, neighborhood groups, and the City of St. Paul started work on purchasing the land, and in 2005 it became an official park open to the public. There is an ongoing effort to restore the land’s ecology and native plant communities, though reminders of the industrial history have been left in place. The sanctuary has also become a significant location for birdwatching and for educational opportunities.

— Kirk Nelson

 
     
 

History

 
 

 

 
     
 

Management

 
 

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA) is a 72-mile, 53,775 acre corridor along the Mississippi River. It stretches in the north from Weigh Station Highway Park on US Highway 10 in Ramsey to the Dakota County/Goodhue County border in the south. MNRRA, pronounced “minnra”, is a partnership park, a new and unique kind of national park. St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center and the 29-acre Coldwater Spring are the only parcels of land within the MNRRA owned by The National Park Service.

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

Park Map (PDF)

 
         
 

Printable Map(s) with GPS coordinates

 
         
         
 

Size

 
 

27 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

265 Commercial Street
Saint Paul, MN

There is a parking lot at the north end of the park on Positively 4th St. wit room for 14 cars.

Positively 4th St. Parking Lot
N44 57.201, W93 4.502

Additional parking is available at the nearby Indian Mounds Regional Park.

Indian Mounds Regional Park Parking Lot
N44 57.032, W93 4.109

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Sunrise - 11 p.m.

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

 

 
         
 

Driving Directions

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          Ramsey County  
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Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

1.0 mile loop with several interconnecting trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains

   
  Land Type Association    

Pig's Eye Alluvial Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Not mapped (10/11/2021)

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

Natural Features

     
 

Sandstone and limestone bluffs, cave, wetlands, stormwater ponds, oak savanna and prairie restorations, and an educational bee apiary

 

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Signs

 
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Entrance

 
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Trail

 
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White-tail deer

 
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Educational Apiary

 
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Honey bees

 
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Interpretative markers

 
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Interpretive sign

 
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Outdoor Classroom

 
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Concrete railroad pad

 
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Pond

 
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Brewery Cave

 
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View of Downtown St. Paul

 
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Slideshows
 
  Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary • Fall 2019
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
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  Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, Oct. 20, 2007
Kevin Hendricks
 
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About

Lexi and I went to Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary just east of downtown St. Paul on a beautiful October Saturday.

 

 

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Other Videos
 
  A Video Tour Bruce of the Vento Nature Sanctuary
Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary Tour - (1) Welcome

LowerPhalenCreek
 
   
 
About

Published on Jan 27, 2011

   
  Eight more videos of this tour can be seen at http://www.lowerphalencreek.org/media/  
  Flowers of the Railyard
Bridget Fitzgerald
 
   
 
About

Published on Jun 13, 2018

railyard = Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

   
  Bruce Vento Sanctuary Minnesota
Artid Chah
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 1, 2018

Short clip of a little sanctuary here in Minnesota.
I recorded everything with my GoPro Hero 5 Black.

I don't own this song or the audio.
Song: Kiiara- Feels (Jai Wolf Remix)

   
  Clearing Buckthorn at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary
founghawj
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 24, 2017

   
  Quadcopter on Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary
Denis Foo Kune
 
   
 
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Published on Oct 18, 2014

   

 

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Birds

 
  Green Heron (Butorides virescens)   Green Heron  
 

Mammals

 
  whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)   whitetail deer  
           
 
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Birds

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
         

 

 

Binoculars


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