Glacial Lakes


Area and County

    Pope County
    Northwest Minnesota

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97 acres


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N45 32.669, W95 32.019

Hiking Trails

No maintained trails


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

Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

North Central Glaciated Plains


Minnesota River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Gilchrist Moraine

Native Plant Communities1

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest

Dry Hill Oak Savanna (Southern)

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Prairie Extremely Rich Fen

Rich Fen (Mineral Soil)

Seepage Meadow/Carr


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This tract was acquired 12/23/2013 through funding provided by the state of Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund. The fund was created on November 4, 2008, as part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota constitution, and is funded by the state sales tax.

The forested sections of this site were originally oak savanna. Since acquisition in 2013, most, if not all, of the basswood-bur oak forest has been cleared of underbrush. Trees other than oak have been cut down and piled for future burning or removal. A fire break has been cleared through wetland along much of the west and north boundary, making these areas much more accessible to visitors.

About 44 acres of this 97-acre site are wetland. Waterproof boots are recommended if venturing into these wetlands.







Waterproof footwear recommended








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boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

boreal chorus frog


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


Special concern

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Hairy Woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus)

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis tabida)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Canada Goose


Mourning Dove

Red-winged Blackbird

White-breasted Nuthatch

Fungi and Lichens

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

False Tinder Fungus (Phellinus igniarius)

Scarlet Cup (Sarcoscypha austriaca)

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)

Scarlet Cup

Insects and Arachnids

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

tricolored bumble bee (Bombus ternarius)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

willow pinecone gall midge


plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Plants frequently found in:

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest MHs38b

Dry Hill Oak Savanna (Southern) UPs14c

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

Prairie Extremely Rich Fen OPp93

Rich Fen (Mineral Soil) OPp91a

Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83a



absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

North American common reed (Phragmites australis ssp. americanus)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

swamp thistle (Cirsium muticum)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

Virginia wildrye (Elymus virginicus)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Cirsium muticum (swamp thistle)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches)

Elymus virginicus (Virginia wildrye)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Phragmites australis ssp. americanus (North American common reed)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Quercus macrocarpa (bur oak)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

absinth wormwood

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)


common evening primrose

common yarrow

Dutchman’s breeches

hoary vervain

red osier dogwood

swamp thistle

Virginia waterleaf

yellow marsh marigold




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