Cannon River Trout Lily SNA


Area and County

    Rice County
    Southeast Minnesota

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Izaak Walton Unit

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Access to the Izaak Walton Unit is well concealed. A gravel road, 166th Street, leads ½ mile east from Rice County Road 3. At the end of that road an unmarked, unimproved road leads another quarter mile to the SNA. In 2005, parking was at the end of this unmarked road by the wood routed SNA sign. In 2013, this road was blocked by several windthrows, and parking was at the end of 166th Street.

166th St.
N44 20.740, W93 14.943

Unmarked Road
N44 20.692, W93 14.839

Hiking Trails

No maintained trails


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal


Big Woods
Oak Savanna

Land Type Association(s)

Blooming Prairie Till Plain

Cordova Moraine

Native Plant Communities1

Silver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods)

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Minnesota DNR


Two Units
This SNA is is composed of two units. The south unit, the Kitzman-Morris Unit, is accessible only by canoe from Faribault, 1.5 miles away.

Spring Flooding
In the spring much of this site may be under water. The unmarked road that leads to the site continues through the site as a raised roadbed. It crosses a small bridge and ends at the west bank of the Cannon River. If a visitor wants to venture beyond this raised roadway, waterproof footwear is recommended.



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Izaak Walton Unit


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West Section

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Cannon River

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Raised Roadbed

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Shallow Lake

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Spring Flooding

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Silver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest

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  Cannon River Trout Lily Scientific and Natural Area
  Cannon River Trout Lily Scientific and Natural Area  

The Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily, Erythronium propullans is Minnesota's only endemic flowering plant. It occurs only in three counties in southeastern Minnesota, in highly specific habitat.

Numerous other spring ephemerals also occur at the site.

Cannon River Trout Lily Scientific and Natural Area, near Faribault, Minnesota, April 6, 2012.





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In 2013, a colony of Bank Swallows inhabited the east cliff face across the Canon River from the old roadbed.


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


Special concern

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Blue Jay


Pileated Woodpecker

Fungi and Lichens

Dryad’s Saddle (Polyporus squamosus)

Dryad’s Saddle


whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Two plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and one species on the watch list are found here:



butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Minnesota dwarf trout lily (Erythronium propullans)


Watch list

hairy white oldfield aster (Symphyotrichum pilosum)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Silver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest FFs59a

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest MHs37

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods) MHs39c



American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

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

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. pubescens)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

smooth yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd’s purse)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Erythronium albidum (white trout lily)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii (wild blue phlox)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus (bristly buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Tilia americana (American basswood)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Viola pubescens var. pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula (smooth yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)


common false Solomon’s seal

downy yellow violet

eastern false rue anemone

Morrow’s honeysuckle

Virginia waterleaf

white trout lily

wild blue phlox

wild grape


One tracked reptile species has been seen here:



common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)


common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

common snapping turtle




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