Buffalo River State Park

 

 

     
 
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Size

 
 

1,355 acres statutory, 1,082 owned

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

565 155th Street South
Glyndon, MN 56547

N46 52.248, W96 28.480

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35

 
         
 

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          Clay County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

12 miles

1 mile interpretive trail

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

The park may hold one or more managed hunts in the fall.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Red River Valley

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Red River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Barnesville Beach Complex

Felton Lake Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Dry Hill Prairie (Northern)

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Northern)

Green Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Wet Prairie (Northern)

   
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Published on Oct 28, 2013

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Published on May 8, 2013

Just checking in...not in Williston last week, or this one, so can't report on anything specific to the oil boom area. Just want to thank everyone that's following my adventure, if not for you folks....I'd have stopped doing this a long time ago...now... I'm addicted to all of you....but that's a good thing....right? Anything you want to see...or know, in North Dakota?

   
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Published on May 13, 2013

I was walking through the campground when I noticed some white tailed deer running along the road. They ran quite a long stretch and there were a lot of them! It was quite a site to see. I also saw two more deer walking along the river on the other side of the campground but the pictures didn't capture them very well. Lots of deer in this park!!

   

 

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Insects and Arachnids

 
  cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia)   cecropia moth  
           
 
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Visits

5/19/2000

  9/7/2011   8/7/2012        
 
 

Amphibians

 
  northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)   northern leopard frog  
 

Birds

 
 

Fifteen bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus)

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

 

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Wild Turkey

 
 

Fishes

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
  Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)   Black Knot  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Four insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae)

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)

Special Concern

leadplant flower moth (Schinia lucens)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

autumn yellow-winged grasshopper (Arphia xanthoptera)

brown robber fly (Proctacanthella cacopiliga)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

milkweed tussock caterpillar (Euchaetes egle)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

spiny rose stem gall wasp (Diplolepis spinosa)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

wandering glider (Pantala flavescens)

 

common green darner

goldenrod bunch gall midge

goldenrod gall fly

eastern tent caterpillar

spiny rose stem gall wasp

 
 

Mammals

 
 

Two mammal species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Special Concern

northern grasshopper mouse (Onychomys leucogaster)

plains pocket mouse (Perognathus flavescens)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
 

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

woodchuck (Marmota monax)

  American red squirrel  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Threatened

clustered broomrape (Orobanche fasciculata)

Special Concern

Drummond’s campion (Silene drummondii var. drummondii)

hairy evening primrose (Oenothera villosa ssp. strigosa)

narrow-leaved water plantain (Alisma gramineum)

plains reed grass (Calamagrostis montanensis)

Rydberg’s sunflower (Helianthus nuttallii ssp. rydbergii)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Hill Prairie (Northern) UPn12d

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Northern) UPn12b

Green Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest MHw36a

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Wet Prairie (Northern) WPn53c

     
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

arctic brome (Bromus kalmii)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. scabra)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea canadensis ssp. canadensis)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

desert false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. pubescens)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. viridis)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

hairy four o’clock (Mirabilis albida)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hoary frostweed (Crocanthemum bicknellii)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)

large-flowered beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)

larger Canadian St. Johnswort (Hypericum majus)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

mint-leaved bergamot (Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

scarlet beeblossom (Oenothera suffrutescens)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

slender beardtongue (Penstemon gracilis var. gracilis)

smooth rose (Rosa blanda var. blanda)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

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

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

virgin’s bower (Clematis virginiana)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white penstemon (Penstemon albidus)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white vervain (Verbena urticifolia)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amorpha fruticosa (desert false indigo)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia dracunculus (tarragon)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama)

Bromus kalmii (arctic brome)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Circaea canadensis ssp. canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Clematis virginiana (virgin’s bower)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Crocanthemum bicknellii (hoary frostweed)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Helianthus tuberosus (Jerusalem artichoke)

Heterotheca villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Hypericum majus (larger Canadian St. Johnswort)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Mirabilis albida (hairy four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia (mint-leaved bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oenothera suffrutescens (scarlet beeblossom)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Penstemon albidus (white penstemon)

Penstemon gracilis var. gracilis (slender beardtongue)

Penstemon grandiflorus (large-flowered beardtongue)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

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

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa blanda var. blanda (smooth rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Staphylea trifolia (American bladdernut)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Tilia americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Trillium cernuum (nodding trillium)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata var. scabra (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Viola pubescens var. pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Xanthium strumarium (rough cocklebur)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

 

American bladdernut

American hog peanut (var. bracteata)

American plum

black-eyed Susan

blue grama

bottle gentian

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

Canada wildrye

Canadian milkvetch

Canadian woodnettle

common evening primrose

common mullein

cut-leaved coneflower

desert false indigo

downy yellow violet

heart-leaved golden alexanders

hoary vervain

large-flowered beardtongue

long-headed coneflower

northern bedstraw

northern prickly ash

prairie onion

purple prairie clover

Russian olive

smooth sumac

spotted touch-me-not

spreading dogbane

stiff sunflower (ssp. subrhomboideus)

tall cinquefoil

virgin’s bower

Virginia mountain mint

white clover

wild columbine

yellow goat’s beard

yellow wood sorrel

 

 

 

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