Gustafson’s Camp SNA

               
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Area and County

Lake of the Woods County

 

 

 

 

Size

185 acres

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Maps

Printable Map with GPS coordinates

 
Parking

Unnamed Forest Road (Turnoff)
N48 33.158, W94 53.370

Parking
N48 31.623, W94 53.059

 
Hiking Trails

1.4 miles hiking (see Comments below)

 
Hunting

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


Ecological Classification

Province

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands

Subsection(s)

Agassiz Lowlands

Land Type Association(s)

Beltrami-Pine Island Ridges

Rapid River Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1 Not mapped (3/30/2017)
 
Natural Features

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


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Comments

Getting There
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.

Flies and Mosquitoes
Visitors may want to stop at the turnoff to the unnamed forest road and apply DEET. They will be greeted at the parking area by scores of deer flies and horseflies, and in the forest by uncountable mosquitoes. On my visit the flies did not bite (possibly deterred by a liberal application of DEET) and did not follow me into the forest. A mosquito head net was brought but not needed.

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.

Waterproof footwear is recommended if venturing off of the trails on the map (see Maps above).

 

 

Mosquito headnet recommended

 

 

GPS recommended

 

 

Waterproof footwear recommended


Visits

6/19/2013

   

 

 

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Stoney Corners Trail

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Parking

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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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Amphibians

wood frog (Rana sylvatica)

wood frog


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)

 
 

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)

deer fly (Chrysops sp.)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

snowberry clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)

eastern tiger swallowtail


Mammals

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Plants

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

 

Threatened

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

 
 

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

 
 

 

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spikenard (Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa)

American starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

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 (Anemone canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomea)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

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)

greater bladder sedge (Carex intumescens)

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 ssp. angustum)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

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)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tree groundpine (Lycopodium dendroideum)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

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)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa (American spikenard)

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

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Carex intumescens (greater bladder sedge)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Lathyrus ochroleucus (cream pea)

Lycopodium dendroideum (tree groundpine)

Lysimachia borealis (American starflower)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmundastrum cinnamomea (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 (tall meadow rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

American starflower

American vetch (var. americana)

bluebead lily

bunchberry

Canada anemone

common yarrow

fragrant bedstraw

prairie rose

red baneberry

red clover

red osier dogwood

white clover

wild columbine

yellow marsh marigold


 

 

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