Cannon River Turtle Preserve SNA

       
   

Area and County

    Goodhue County
    Southeast Minnesota
     
 

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Size

909 acres

 
 
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East Section

 

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Parking

Cannon Valley Bike Trail parking lot
(access to area south of Cannon River)
N44 34.459, W92 38.529

Circle Drive pull off
(access to area north of Cannon River)
N44 34.522, W92 41.330

Cannon River Public Water Access
(access to area south of Cannon River)
N44 34.866, W92 39.320

 
Hiking Trails

The Cannon River Bike Trail runs alongside this SNA. There are no other hiking trails.

 
Hunting

All hunting. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Paleozoic Plateau

Subsection(s)  

The Blufflands

Land Type Association(s)

Altura Ridgetops

Cannon River Valley

Elba Slopes

HamptonTill Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland

Red Oak - White Oak Forest

Sand Beach/Sandbar (River): Permanent Stream Subtype

Silver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest

 
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Comments

Mosquitoes can be thick in the summer. DEET is highly recommended.

 
Visits

4/21/2006

   

 

 

 

       
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Cannon River

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Cannon Valley Bike Trail

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About

This site was protected largely in the interest of securing critical habitat for the state-threatened wood turtle, which prefers small, fast moving streams in forests with grassy meadows on the banks and raised sandbars for nesting.

 
     

 

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Amphibians

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

boreal chorus frog

 
Birds

In the spring of 2006 a pair of Bald Eagles nested on the site.

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

American Robin

Blue Jay

Brown-headed Cowbird

Canada Goose

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

 
Mammals

American beaver (Castor canadensis)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American beaver

 
Plants

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern) UPs13c

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland FDs38a

Red Oak - White Oak Forest MHs37a

Sand Beach/Sandbar (River): Permanent Stream Subtype RVx32b2

Silver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest FFs59a

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest FFs68a

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs39a

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest MHs39b

 
 

Canada anemone

Dutchman’s breeches

eastern false rue anemone

large-flowered bellwort

lyre-leaved rock cress

sharp-lobed hepatica

wild ginger

 
Reptiles

Wood turtle can be seen on the sand bars in the river, which are off-limits to visitors.

 
 

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

 

Threatened

wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

 
 

painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

painted turtle

 

 

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