Butterwort Cliffs SNA

 

 

     
 
About
 
     
 

This SNA is closed April 1 through July 15 to protect a Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) nesting colony.

 
     
 

Ownership

 
 

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Links

 
 

Cascade River State Park

Minnesota DNR

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

 

 
     
 

Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

Detail map (MN DNR)

 
         
 

Printable Map(s) with GPS coordinates

 
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Size

 
 

43 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

N47 43.157, W90 28.645

 
         
 

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          Cook County  
          Northeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest

   
  Ecological Section    

Northern Superior Uplands

   
  Ecological Subsection    

North Shore Highlands

   
  Land Type Association    

North Shore Till Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype

Dry Bedrock Shore (Lake Superior)

Exposed Mafic Cliff (Lake Superior)

Wet Rocky Shore (Lake Superior): Bedrock Subtype

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

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of this SNA lies within Cascade River State Park.

           
 
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Closed April 1 through July 15

 
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Dry Bedrock Shore (Lake Superior)

 
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Mike Fellows

 
 

Plants

 
  harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)   harebell  
           
 
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Visits

8/11/2011                
 
 

Birds

 
 

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

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Special Concern

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

  cabbage white  
 

Mammals

 
  whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)   whitetail deer  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Special Concern

common butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris ssp. vulgaris)

Hudson Bay eyebright (Euphrasia hudsoniana var. ramosior)

intermediate sedge (Carex media)

spike trisetum (Trisetum spicatum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn43b1

Dry Bedrock Shore (Lake Superior) LKu43a

Exposed Mafic Cliff (Lake Superior) CTu22a

Wet Rocky Shore (Lake Superior): Bedrock Subtype LKu43b2

     
 

 

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

Appalachian barren strawberry (Waldsteinia fragarioides)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bigleaf lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus ssp. polyphyllus)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

blue spruce (Picea pungens)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)

common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

green alder (Alnus viridis ssp. crispa)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

large-flowered beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)

large-leaved avens (Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum)

narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard (Crepis tectorum)

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

orange hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaca)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Pennsylvania buttercup (Ranunculus pensylvanicus)

pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)

prickly rose (Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

roundleaf serviceberry (Amelanchier sanguinea)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

showy mountain ash (Sorbus decora)

shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

squashberry (Viburnum edule)

thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

 

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Alnus viridis ssp. crispa (green alder)

Amelanchier sanguinea (roundleaf serviceberry)

Anaphalis margaritacea (pearly everlasting)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

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

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Chamerion angustifolium (fireweed)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Crepis tectorum (narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard)

Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda (shrubby cinquefoil)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum (large-leaved avens)

Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort)

Lactuca canadensis (Canada lettuce)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lupinus polyphyllus ssp. polyphyllus (bigleaf lupine)

Lysimachia borealis (American starflower)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Penstemon grandiflorus (large-flowered beardtongue)

Physocarpus opulifolius (common ninebark)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea pungens (blue spruce)

Pilosella aurantiaca (orange hawkweed)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus pensylvanica (pin cherry)

Ranunculus pensylvanicus (Pennsylvania buttercup)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (prickly rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus parviflorus (thimbleberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorbus decora (showy mountain ash)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Viburnum edule (squashberry)

Waldsteinia fragarioides (Appalachian barren strawberry)

 

alsike clover

big bluestem

black-eyed Susan

Canada wildrye

common evening primrose

common St. Johnswort

common tansy

common yarrow

field sow thistle

flat-topped aster (var. umbellata)

northern lady fern

oxeye daisy

pearly everlasting

prickly rose

shrubby cinquefoil

yellow goat’s beard

 

 

 

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