Fort Ridgely State Park

               

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Area and County

Nicollet and Renville Counties

 

 

 


Size

1,044 acres statutory, 477 owned

 
 
Maps

Minnesota DNR Summer Map

 
Park Office

N44 26.877, W94 43.602

 
Hiking Trails

11 miles

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

Section

North Central Glaciated Plains

Subsection(s)

Minnesota River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Gibbon Till Plain

Milan Alluvial Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern)


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Links

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Visits

5/18/2012

   

 

 

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Fort Trail

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Oak Savanna Trail

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Powder Magazine and Commissary

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Prairie Trail

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Rustic CCC-built Picnic Shelter

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  Hiking Club: Fort Ridgely State Park, April 2012
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  Hiking Club: Fort Ridgely State Park, April 2012  
 
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01 APR 2012; Park #1, 2.6 miles

 
     
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  What happened at the battles of Fort Ridgely?
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Fort Ridgely State Parks outside Fairfax in southern Minnesota boasts many unique features including an authentic reconstruction by the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1853 fort which was the site of many of the fiercest battle of the US-Dakota War.

Production funding provided by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and by the members of Prairie Public.

About the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
In 2008, Minnesota voters passed a landmark piece of legislation — the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment — which provided funding to public television stations serving audiences in Minnesota. Its mission is to help preserve and document the treasures of culture, history, and heritage that make Minnesota special, and to increase access to the natural and cultural resources we all share.

 
     
  Kayaking (Snow) at Fort Ridgely 2-6-2016
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Snow kayaking at Fort Ridgely State Park, MN. With Adam Smith, Chris Bollingmo, Cassandra Brown, Danny Rockvam, and Russell Sabo

 
     
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Cannon demonstration at Fort Ridgely State Park

 
     
  two tubers tubing on two tubes on youtube
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This was a tubing experience we had at Fort Ridgley State Park. Tubes were only $2.50 a piece. We had some other people come up and they used our tubes when we went in the warming house. We felt bad that we had to take the tubes back but we DID pay for them after all...

 
     

 

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Birds

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

 

Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

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American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Northern Cardinal

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker <em>(Sphyrapicus varius)</em> sign


Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)

Black Knot


Insects and Arachnids

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

chokecherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

linden leaf gall mite (Eriophyes tiliae)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

question mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

monarch

twelve-spotted skimmer

 

 


Plants

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

 

Threatened

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern) UPs13d

 
 

 

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

Aunt Lucy (Ellisia nyctelea)

bastard toadflax (Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black maple (Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian white violet (Viola canadensis var. rugulosa)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

clustered black snakeroot (Sanicula odorata)

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 milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense)

field pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

fringed puccoon (Lithospermum incisum)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

mountain blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium montanum var. montanum)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra var. glabra)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium campestre)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

roundleaf greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia)

shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

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

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

sweet William catchfly (Silene armeria)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum (black maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Aesculus glabra var. glabra (Ohio buckeye)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Antennaria neglecta (field pussytoes)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd’s purse)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata (bastard toadflax)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Ellisia nyctelea (Aunt Lucy)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Hesperis matronalis (dame’s rocket)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lithospermum incisum (fringed puccoon)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Lonicera tatarica (Tartarian honeysuckle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Penstemon grandiflorus (large-flowered beardtongue)

Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii (wild blue phlox)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

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

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis (American elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Sanicula odorata (clustered black snakeroot)

Saponaria officinalis (bouncing bet)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Silene armeria (sweet William catchfly)

Sisyrinchium campestre (prairie blue-eyed grass)

Sisyrinchium montanum var. montanum (mountain blue-eyed grass)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax rotundifolia (roundleaf greenbrier)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Thlaspi arvense (field pennycress)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola canadensis var. rugulosa (Canadian white violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American elderberry

American highbush cranberry

American plum

black raspberry

bloodroot

blue vervain

bouncing bet

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

common evening primrose

common mullein

cut-leaved coneflower

dame’s rocket

fragrant bedstraw

gray-headed coneflower

heart-leaved golden alexanders

hoary vervain

leadplant

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

northern bedstraw

northern prickly ash

purple prairie clover

smooth sumac

tall meadow rue

Virginia waterleaf

western poison ivy flowers

wild columbine

yellow sweet clover

yellow wood sorrel

 


 

 

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