Inspiration Peak State Wayside

 

 

     
 
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Ownership

 
 

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Otter Tail County

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

Inspiration Peak was designated as a state wayside in 1932.

 
     
 

Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

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Size

 
 

83 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

N46 08.265, W95 34.681

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Summer: 7 days a week

Parking limit six hours. Overnight parking is not allowed.

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35

 
         
 

Driving Directions

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          Otter Tail County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

0.6 mile paved trail

The ¼ mile climb from the parking lot to the peak has several benches along the way.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Hardwood Hills

   
  Land Type Association    

Urbank Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland

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

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Point

At an altitude of 1,750 feet Inspiration Peak is the second highest point in the state.

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Wayside Entrance

 
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Lookout

 
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View From the Top

 
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Trails

 
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  Hiking up to Inspiration Peak
Schmovies
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2011

It's probably one of the last nice weather days we'll have here in Minnesota for a the rest of the year, so we picked up a friend of ours and took off to go hiking up to the second-highest peak in Minnesota -- Inspiration Peak. It's a nice lookout. Not breath-taking if you've hiked in the mountains anywhere, but it's pretty good for MN. We packed our dinner and took it up there with us to eat. The kids loved it and we enjoyed being outside.

   
  Inspiration Peak, Ottertail County, MN 2006
Randy Cadwell
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 22, 2013

Among the rolling glacial moraine of central Minnesota sits Inspiration Peak. The park is maintained by the MN State Parks service. This is a feature I did in 2006 for the ACS channel 14 LocaLiNC for the show "Voices on MainStreet:

   
  Macie E visits Inspiration Peak in Otter Tail County
wyndmere58081
 
   
 
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Published on Nov 24, 2013

Macie runs up Inspiration Peak to see fall colors and find Sasquatch. October 18, 2013.

   
  My Trek To Inspiration Peak
Carl Kuyath
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 6, 2011

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Visits

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  9/8/2011            
 
 

Birds

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

Plants

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland FDs37b

     
    common false Solomon’s seal  

 

 

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