Elm Creek Park Reserve

               
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Area and County

Hennepin County

 

 

 


Size

4,900 acres

 
 
Maps

Summer  

Winter  

Eastman Nature Center  

Recreation Area  

Singletrack (Mountain Bike)  

Ski  

 
Park Entrance

N45 8.516, W93 25.590

 
Parking

N45 9.292, W93 26.985

 
Hiking Trails

Unpaved hiking: 5 mi.
Unpaved hiking/horse: 20.8 mi.
Unpaved hiking/mountain bike: 7.7 mi.
Unpaved hiking/horse/bike: 7.7 mi.
Paved hiking/bike/dog: 20 mi.

The paved Medicine Lake Regional Trail and Rush Creek Regional Trail connect to the paved trails in this park.

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Anoka Sand Plain
Big Woods

Land Type Association(s)

Maple Plain Moraine

Mississippi Sand Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

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

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Sedge Meadow

Seepage Meadow/Carr

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods)

Tamarack Swamp (Southern)

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp


Ownership

 
Links

Three Rivers Park District


Comments

 


Visits

8/13/2009

  4/4/2015

 

 

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I have spent a lot of time here the last three years. It is not far from where I live and on my way home from work so I can exercise there.

 
     

 

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  Bike Ride through Elm Creek Park - Deer, Loon, Swan
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Published on May 30, 2013

Took a lap around the 5k loop at Elm Creek. 2x speed, saw a swan thing, loon, and deer.

 
     

 

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Amphibians

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

wood frog (Rana sylvatica)

American toad

Birds

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

 

Special concern

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Black-capped Chickadee

Canada Goose

Mallard

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Song Sparrow

White-breasted Nuthatch


Fungi and Lichens

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

False Turkey Tail (Stereum ostrea)

Fried Chicken Mushroom (Lyophyllum decastes)

Scarlet Cup (Sarcoscypha austriaca)

White Jelly Fungus (Ductifera pululahuana)

Artist’s Conk

Scarlet Cup


Insects and Arachnids

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)

eastern daddy-long-legs (Phalangium opilio)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

white-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

eastern tiger swallowtail

white-faced meadowhawk

 


Mammals

American beaver (Castor canadensis)

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American beaver

Plants

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

 

Endangered

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas (Bell Museum of Natural History) Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Black Ash - Yellow Birch - Red Maple - Alder Swamp (Eastcentral) WFn64b

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

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83a1

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest MHs39

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs39a

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods) MHs39c

Tamarack Swamp (Southern) FPs63a

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

 
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American stickseed (Hackelia deflexa var. americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

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

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black maple (Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

blue skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora var. lateriflora)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

boxelder (Acer negundo)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bulbet-bearing water hemlock (Cicuta bulbifera)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butter and eggs (Linaria vulgaris)

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

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

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus var. albus)

common sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curlytop knotweed (Persicaria lapathifolia)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

giant foxtail (Setaria faberi)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy-stem gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

mouse-ear chickweed (Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern arrowwood (Viburnum recognitum)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

pale touch-me-not (Impatiens pallida)

paradise apple (Malus pumila)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

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

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

silky dogwood (Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)

smooth hedge nettle (Stachys tenuifolia)

smooth rose (Rosa blanda var. blanda)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

velvet-leaf (Abutilon theophrasti)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Abutilon theophrasti (velvet-leaf)

Acer negundo (boxelder)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum (black maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Agastache foeniculum (blue giant hyssop)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Campanula rapunculoides (creeping bellflower)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Oriental bittersweet)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare (mouse-ear chickweed)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cicuta bulbifera (bulbet-bearing water hemlock)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Convolvulus arvensis (field bindweed)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua (silky dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

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

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elymus hystrix (eastern bottlebrush grass)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Gentiana puberulenta (downy gentian)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hackelia deflexa var. americana (American stickseed)

Helianthus annuus (common sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Impatiens pallida (pale touch-me-not)

Juglans cinerea (butternut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)

Lonicera tatarica (Tartarian honeysuckle)

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

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

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

Malus pumila (paradise apple)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Mollugo verticillata (green carpetweed)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria lapathifolia (curlytop knotweed)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris (heal-all)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes hirtellum (hairy-stem gooseberry)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rosa blanda var. blanda (smooth rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex acetosella (red sorrel)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Scutellaria lateriflora var. lateriflora (blue skullcap)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Setaria faberi (giant foxtail)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Setaria viridis (green foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Stachys tenuifolia (smooth hedge nettle)

Staphylea trifolia (American bladdernut)

Symphoricarpos albus var. albus (common snowberry)

Symphyotrichum laeve (smooth blue aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Viburnum recognitum (northern arrowwood)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

alsike clover

American bladdernut

American highbush cranberry

American plum

black cherry

black-eyed susan

black-eyed susan

butter and eggs

Canada goldenrod

Canadian tick-trefoil

Canadian woodnettle

chokecherry

common evening primrose

common mullein

common sunflower

creeping bellflower

curlytop knotweed

cut-leaved coneflower

downy gentian

false sunflower

field sow thistle

garlic mustard

hoary alyssum

leadplant

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

oxeye daisy

prairie ironweed

purple prairie clover

red baneberry

rough-fruited cinquefoil

round-headed bush clover

silvery cinquefoil

smooth sumac

spotted Joe Pye weed

stiff goldenrod

Virginia mountain mint

white baneberry

white prairie clover

wild bergamot

wild ginger

yellow wood sorrel

 

 

 


Reptiles

common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

common garter snake


 

 

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