Carley State Park

 

 

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Ownership

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Overview

 

 

History

 

 

Management

 

 

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Location

Size

209 acres

 

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  Area and County
    County   Wabasha County
    Region   Southeast Minnesota

Parking

N44 6.716, W92 10.377

 

Hours

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

 

Fees

Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35

 

Maps

all season (PDF)

all season (GeoPDF)

Activities

Hiking

Biking

Mountain biking

Horseback riding

Picnicking

Camping

Backpacking

Rock climbing and bouldering

Swimming

Boating

Canoeing

Birding

Nature photography

Geocaching

Cross country skiing

Skate-skiing

Winter hiking

Snowshoeing

Snowmobiling

 

Trails

Hiking

5 miles

Winter hiking

 

Cross country skiing

2 miles (ungroomed)

No groomed trails

Snowshoe

Anywhere in park

 

Hunting and Fishing

No hunting. The park may hold one or more managed hunts in the fall.

In most cases, Minnesota residents do not need a permit to fish in Minnesota State Parks.

Ecology

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

 
Ecological Section Ecological Section  

Paleozoic Plateau

 
Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

The Blufflands

Rochester Plateau

 
Land Type Association    

Altura Ridgetops

Elba Slopes

Lewiston Plain

 
         

Native Plant Communities*

 

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

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

Natural Features

   

 

 

 

 

Wildflower Display

In early May parts of the park are carpeted with Virginia bluebells and wild blue phlox. In late May wild geranium is the most prominent wildflower.

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Bluebells and wild blue phlox in early May

  Wild geraniums in late May

 

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Insects and Arachnids

abdominal short-winged flower beetle (Heterhelus abdominalis)

 

cut-leaved toothwort

Plants

cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

  cut-leaved toothwort
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Visits

5/5/2000

5/10/2002

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Birds

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

Special Concern

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

 

American Robin

Northern Cardinal

Fishes

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

     

Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungus List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichen List

     

Insects and Arachnids

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

spotted pink lady beetle (Coleomegilla maculata)

toothed click beetle (Denticollis denticornis)

  spotted pink lady beetle

Mammals

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  eastern gray squirrel

Plants

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

Endangered

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Threatened

glade mallow (Napaea dioica)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest MHs49a

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs39a

   

 

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black maple (Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

boxelder (Acer negundo)

bristly buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens)

drooping trillium (Trillium flexipes)

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garden yellowrocket (Barbarea vulgaris)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)

Norway spruce (Picea abies)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides)

Pennsylvania buttercup (Ranunculus pensylvanicus)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

purple-stem angelica (Angelica atropurpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota ssp. carota)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

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

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

smooth yellow violet (Viola eriocarpa)

spreading Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium reptans var. reptans)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris var. acris)

Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Virginia spring beauty (Claytonia virginica var. virginica)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

 

Acer negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum (black maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia (wood anemone)

Angelica atropurpurea (purple-stem angelica)

Antennaria neglecta (field pussytoes)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

Barbarea vulgaris (garden yellowrocket)

Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Carya ovata (northern shagbark hickory)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Claytonia virginica var. virginica (Virginia spring beauty)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Daucus carota ssp. carota (Queen Anne’s lace)

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Erythronium albidum (white trout lily)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Heracleum maximum (American cow parsnip)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juglans cinerea (butternut)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii (wild blue phlox)

Picea abies (Norway spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Podophyllum peltatum (May-apple)

Polemonium reptans var. reptans (spreading Jacob’s ladder)

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

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ranunculus acris var. acris (tall buttercup)

Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus (bristly buttercup)

Ranunculus pensylvanicus (Pennsylvania buttercup)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Trillium flexipes (drooping trillium)

Trillium grandiflorum (large-flowered trillium)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis (American stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Viola eriocarpa (smooth yellow violet)

Viola pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

American black currant

American highbush cranberry

black cherry

bristly buttercup

Canada mayflower

Canadian woodnettle

common blue violet

common mullein

Dutchman’s breeches

eastern false rue anemone

field pussytoes

garden yellowrocket

interrupted fern

large-flowered trillium

May-apple

pagoda dogwood

Queen Anne’s lace

rue anemone

smooth sumac

Virginia bluebells

Virginia spring beauty

wild geranium

woodland strawberry

 

 

 

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