Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

 

 

     
 
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Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

Until 2007, the site was known as Cedar Creek Natural History Area. Visitors were required to obtain a day pass prior to visiting the site.

 
     
 

Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

Aerial map of Cedar Creek

Fish Lake Nature Trails

 
         
 

Printable Map(s) with GPS coordinates

 
         
         
 

Size

 
 

5,436 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE
East Bethel, Minnesota 55005

Fish Lake Trail Entrance
N45 23.111, W93 9.758

Fish Lake Trail Parking lot
N45 23.782, W93 9.495

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Fish Lake Trail
Daylight hours

Bison Trail
8am - 4:30pm

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

No fee

 
         
 

Driving Directions

  Area and County  
 

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          Anoka and Isanti Counties  
          Central Minnesota and Metro Area  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

Fish Lake Trail: 1.5 miles

Bison trail: 1.0 mile

The 1.5-mile (one way) Fish Lake Trail, and the 1-mile extension to it, the Bison Trail, is the only public access to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Visitors are required to stay on the trail.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No humting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Anoka Sand Plain

   
  Land Type Association    

Anoka Lake Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Black Ash - Yellow Birch - Red Maple - Alder Swamp (Eastcentral)

Black Ash - Yellow Birch - Red Maple - Basswood Swamp (Eastcentral)

Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Southern): Oak Subtype

Graminoid - Sphagnum Rich Fen (Basin)

Low Shrub Poor Fen

Lowland White Cedar Forest (Northern)

Northern Bulrush - Spikerush Marsh

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh

Northern Rich Fen (Basin)

Oak - Aspen Woodland

Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp

Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp: Black Spruce Subtype

Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp: Tamarack Subtype

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Large-Flowered Trillium) Forest

Sedge Meadow

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak (Maple) Woodland

Tamarack Swamp (Southern)

Wet Prairie (Southern)

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

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

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Slideshows
 
Cedar Creek
Glenn Allenspach
  Cedar Creek  
 
About

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, a property of the University of Minnesota, is the birthplace of ecological science. Anoka county, Minnesota USA

 
Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, 21st August 2011
D. Hałas
  Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, 21st August 2011  
 
About

A birding trip to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, in Anoka and Isanti counties, Minnesota.

 
Cedar Creek
Restoration Evaluation
  Cedar Creek  

 

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Visitor Videos
 
       
 

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Other Videos
 
  Cedar Creek Ecosystem Reserve
Amanda Brooks
 
   
 
About

Aug 16, 2017

A short documentary about the research, education, and outreach projects currently occurring at the Cedar Creek LTER in East Bethel, MN.

 
  The Oak Savanna at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
David Minor
 
   
 
About

May 3, 2021

Learn more about the organisms that call the oak savanna at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve home. From Red-headed woodpeckers, Bison, and caterpillars, to prairie grasses and burr oaks.

This is part of a group project I completed for a Big Woods Big Rivers - Minnesota Master Naturalist class.

 
  The Red-Headed Woodpeckers of Cedar Creek
MinnesotaDNR
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 4, 2009

See the red-headed woodpeckers of the University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve—the largest remaining nesting area in Minnesota for a bird that has declined more than 50 percent across the Midwest since 1966. http://www.mndnr.gov/magazine

   
  What Makes Cedar Creek a Unique Outdoor Laboratory?
umngiving
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 12, 2010

Video describing the unique qualities of the University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Support Cedar Creek by making a gift at https://www.foundation.umn.edu/pls/dm or learn more at http://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/

   

 

Camcorder

           
 
Visitor Sightings
 
           
 

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Earl Bye

 
 

Birds

 
 

Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)

Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)

  Blue-winged Warbler  
           
 
MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings
 
 

Visits

8/19/2000   5/26/2018            
 
 

Amphibians

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
         
 

Birds

 
 

One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Special Concern

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)

 
 

eBird Field Checklist (Anoka County)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

 
  Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)      
 

Fishes

 
 

99999999 fish species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

 

Threatened

 

Special Concern

 

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Two fungi and lichen species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Butterball (Suillus weaverae)

Special Concern

Common Milkcap (Lactarius fuliginellus)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

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

Special Concern

Iowa skipper (Atrytone arogos iowa)

 
 

Minnesota Bee Atlas

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
         
 

Mammals

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
         
 

Plants

 
 

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

Endangered

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

cross-leaved milkwort (Polygala cruciata)

tall nutrush (Scleria triglomerata)

twisted yelloweyed grass (Xyris torta)

wild chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

yellow bartonia (Bartonia virginica)

Threatened

black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)

bristle-berry (Rubus fulleri)

Clinton’s bulrush (Trichophorum clintonii)

lance-leaved violet (Viola lanceolata ssp. lanceolata)

ram’s head lady’s slipper (Cypripedium arietinum)

seaside three-awn (Aristida tuberculosa)

woolly beachheather (Hudsonia tomentosa)

Special Concern

Guadalupe waternymph (Najas guadalupensis ssp. olivacea)

rhombic evening primrose (Oenothera rhombipetala)

small green wood orchid (Gymnadeniopsis clavellata)

small-leaved pussytoes (Antennaria parvifolia)

waterwillow (Decodon verticillatus var. laevigatus)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

snow trillium (Trillium nivale)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
   

butter and eggs

Common False Solomon’s Seal

common mullein

New England aster

 
 

Reptiles

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
         

 

 

Binoculars


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