Gustafson’s Camp SNA






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185 acres




An unnamed forest road leads 2.1 miles south from Stoney Corners Trail to a parking area for this SNA. It is a winding, two-rut road, wet in spots and is crossed by a narrow stream at one point. Vehicles without 4-wheel drive should have no problem.

Unnamed Forest Road (Turnoff)
N48 33.158, W94 53.370

N48 31.623, W94 53.059


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          Lake of the Woods County  
          Northwest Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


According to the MN DNR Website, there are no maintained trails. The key word here is "maintained." The main trail leads from the parking area west 0.8 miles to a small clearing 200 yards short of the western boundary of the site. It is a wide trail and there are no shrubs or trees growing on it. It had not been mowed in the spring of 2013 and was blocked at several points by wind thrown trees and drooping branches.

There are two side trails accessed from the main trail. The first one is 0.1 mile from the parking area. It is similar in width and condition to the main trail. A 0.4 mile long loop, it leads through some spectacular old growth pines, past a deer enclosure, and back to the main trail. It rejoins the main trail .04 miles from the parking area.

A second side trail leads south 0.2 miles to the southern boundary of the site. This trail is no more than a narrow footpath through a cedar swamp. It should not be missed. Visitors will have to step carefully to avoid numerous, water-filled, 1 to 4 wide pools, but waterproof footwear is not needed.




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


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

  Ecological Section    

Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands

  Ecological Subsection    

Agassiz Lowlands

  Land Type Association    

Beltrami-Pine Island Ridges

Rapid River Till Plain


Native Plant Communities*


Not mapped (10/11/2021)

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

Natural Features


Boreal hardwood-conifer forest, aspen forest, old-growth red and white pine, cedar swamp.



















Mosquito headnet recommended



Visitors may want to stop at the turnoff to the unnamed forest road and apply DEET before proceeding to the site. On arriving at the parking area they will be greetedby scores of deer flies and horseflies, and in the forest by uncountable mosquitoes.

On a visit in June the flies did not bite (possibly deterred by a liberal application of DEET) and did not follow me into the forest. The mosquito head net I brought was not needed.





GPS recommended








Waterproof footwear recommended

For venturing into the cedar swamp portion of this SNA waterproof footwear is recommended.





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Stoney Corners Trail

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Unnamed Forest Road

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Start of Trail

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Main Trail

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Loop Trail

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Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forest

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Cedar Swamp

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  wood frog (Rana sylvatica)   wood frog  



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

Special Concern

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

  Blue Jay  

Insects and Arachnids


American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

Canadian tiger swallowtail (Papilio canadensis)

deer fly (Chrysops sp.)

snowberry clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)

  Canadian tiger swallowtail  


  whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)   whitetail deer  



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


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

Special Concern

northern oak fern (Gymnocarpium robertianum)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List



American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spikenard (Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada anemone (Anemonastrum canadense)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cream pea (Lathyrus ochroleucus)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

gaywings (Polygala paucifolia)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

mountain maple (Acer spicatum)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

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

northern starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly tree clubmoss (Dendrolycopodium dendroideum)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rose twisted-stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer spicatum (mountain maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Anemonastrum canadense (Canada anemone)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa (American spikenard)

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

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Dendrolycopodium dendroideum (prickly tree clubmoss)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Lathyrus ochroleucus (cream pea)

Lysimachia borealis (northern starflower)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (cinnamon fern)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Polygala paucifolia (gaywings)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes (rose twisted-stalk)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)


American vetch (var. americana)

bluebead lily


Canada anemone

common yarrow

fragrant bedstraw

northern starflower

prairie rose

red baneberry

red clover

red osier dogwood

white clover

wild columbine

yellow marsh marigold







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