Great River Bluffs State Park

               
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Area and County

Winona County

 

 

 


Size

2,786 acres statutory, 2,147 owned

 
 
Maps

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Minnesota DNR Winter Map

 
Parking

N43 56.287, W91 24.364

 
Hiking Trails

6.5 miles
2.5 mile interpretive trail

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Paleozoic Plateau

Subsection(s)

The Blufflands

Land Type Association(s)

Alluvial Plain

Brownsville Slopes

Caledonia Ridgetops

 
Native Plant Communities1

Black Ash - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Blue Beech) Seepage Swamp

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

Dry Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern)

Mesic Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern)

Mesic Sandstone Cliff (Southern)

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland

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

Red Oak - White Oak Forest

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest

Southern Mesic Cliff

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest


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Links

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Comments

Formerly called O.L. Kipp State Park.

The entrance to the park is on Winona County Road 3, part of Apple Blossom Scenic Drive.

King’s and Queen’s Bluff SNA lies within the park.

The park lies within the borders of the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest. This part of the state is the “driftless” area of Minnesota, untouched by the last series of glaciers over the last 12,000 years.


Visits

3/31/2000

6/15/2001

 

4/1/2006

6/3/2013

 

 

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Hiking the Minnesota State Park just outside of Winona with the children in tow. Boys imagined lots of great adventures along the way. Teenagers connected with the earth instead of the t.v. And us parents enjoyed the beauty, exercise, and watching the kids play with sticks like they were the best toy on the planet.

 

 

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The lists below include sightings in King’s and Queen’s Bluff SNA, which is located within the park.


Amphibians

green frog (Rana clamitans)

green frog


Birds

Henslow’s Sparrow and Bell's Vireo have both been spotted near the park entrance.

 
 

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

 

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

 

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

 

Special concern

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Indigo Bunting

Mourning Dove

Red-winged Blackbird

Wild Turkey

 

 


Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)

Oak Anthracnose (Apiognomonia errabunda)

Oak Anthracnose


Insects and Arachnids

black cherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes cerasicrumena)

blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis)

chokecherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

mourning cloak


Mammals

black squirrel (melanistic eastern gray squirrel) (Sciurus carolinensis)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Plants

Eighteen plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and one species on the watch list are found here:

 

Endangered

roundstem false foxglove (Agalinis gattingeri)

water miner’s lettuce (Montia chamissoi)

 

Threatened

American witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

blunt-lobed grapefern (Botrychium oneidense)

edible valerian (Valeriana edulis var. ciliata)

one-flowered broomrape (Orobanche uniflora)

silverleaf grape (Vitis aestivalis var. bicolor)

smooth-sheathed sedge (Carex laevivaginata)

Sullivant’s coolwort (Sullivantia sullivantii)

 

Special concern

creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

Goldie’s woodfern (Dryopteris goldiana)

large-fruited black snakeroot (Sanicula trifoliata)

plains wild indigo (Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea)

prairie moonwort (Botrychium campestre)

silver false spleenwort (Deparia acrostichoides)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

squirrel corn (Dicentra canadensis)

yellow pimpernel (Taenidia integerrima)

 

Watch list

jeweled shooting star (Primula fassettii)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Black Ash - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Blue Beech) Seepage Swamp WFs57b

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern) UPs13c

Dry Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern) CTs12b

Mesic Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern) CTs33b

Mesic Sandstone Cliff (Southern) CTs33a

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland FDs38a

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

Red Oak - White Oak Forest MHs37a

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest MHs37

Southern Mesic Cliff CTs33

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest MHs39b

 
 

 

Allegheny blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American pasqueflower (Anemone patens var. multifida)

American plum (Prunus americana)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

Atlantic ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius var. intermedius)

autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

bastard toadflax (Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian white violet (Viola canadensis var. rugulosa)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

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

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

compass plant (Silphium laciniatum)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

edible valerian (Valeriana edulis var. ciliata)

European cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus var. opulus)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy puccoon (Lithospermum caroliniense var. croceum)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

hooked buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

ivory sedge (Carex eburnea)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

late horse-gentian (Triosteum perfoliatum)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Lindley’s aster (Symphyotrichum ciliolatum)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum)

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)

orange hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaca)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

prairie blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium campestre)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. triflorum)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake fern (Botrypus virginianus)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

river birch (Betula nigra)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silky dogwood (Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua)

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 ssp. rigida)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western blue virgin’s bower (Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (American hog peanut)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Anemone patens var. multifida (American pasqueflower)

Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax (Parlin’s pussytoes)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum (northern lady fern)

Barbarea vulgaris (winter cress)

Betula nigra (river birch)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Botrypus virginianus (rattlesnake fern)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carex eburnea (ivory sedge)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Carya ovata (northern shagbark hickory)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis (western blue virgin’s bower)

Comandra umbellata ssp. umbellata (bastard toadflax)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua (silky dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Dioscorea villosa (wild yam)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum triflorum var. triflorum (prairie smoke)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lithospermum caroliniense var. croceum (hairy puccoon)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera tatarica (Tartarian 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)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Oxalis violacea (violet wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Physocarpus opulifolius var. intermedius (Atlantic ninebark)

Pilosella aurantiaca (orange hawkweed)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Podophyllum peltatum (May-apple)

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

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus (hooked buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis (American elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Silphium laciniatum (compass plant)

Sisyrinchium campestre (prairie blue-eyed grass)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Symphyotrichum ciliolatum (Lindley’s aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Triosteum perfoliatum (late horse-gentian)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Valeriana edulis var. ciliata (edible valerian)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

Viburnum opulus var. opulus (European cranberrybush)

Viola canadensis var. rugulosa (Canadian white violet)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American elderberry

American pasqueflower

black cherry

black raspberry

bloodroot

blue cohosh

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

Canadian white violet

common evening primrose

common false Solomon’s seal

common mullein

compass plant

downy phlox

eastern prickly gooseberry

fragrant bedstraw

golden alexanders

hairy puccoon

large-flowered bellwort

leadplant

Morrow’s honeysuckle

nannyberry

northern bedstraw

orange hawkweed

oxeye daisy

poke milkweed

prairie rose

prairie smoke

rough-fruited cinquefoil

sharp-lobed hepatica

tall cinquefoil

violet wood sorrel

Virginia waterleaf

white baneberry

wild columbine

wild geranium

wild yam

yellow wood sorrel


 

 

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