Itasca Wilderness Sanctuary SNA

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Area and County

Clearwater County





1,601 acres

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Itasca State Park (MN DNR)

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East Section

West Section


Landmark Interpretive Trailhead
N47 13.526, W95 15.300

Bohal Trailhead
N47 12.643, W95 15.377

Big Red Pine Trailhead
N47 11.633, W95 13.888

Hiking Trails

Big Red Pine Trail: 814 feet

Bohall Wilderness Trail: 0.5 miles


Deer, firearms only, including muzzleloader season. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

Ecological Classification


Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification


Northern Minnesota Drift & Lake Plains


Chippewa Plains
Pine Moraines & Outwash Plains

Land Type Association(s)

Alida Till Plain

Becida Till Plain

Itasca Moraine, Steep

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This 1,601-acre SNA lies within the borders of Itasca State Park. A state park permit is required. A ½ mile long Bohall Trail and an 814 foot long Big Red Pine Trail lead a short distance into the SNA. Aside from these there are no maintained trails. Eleven plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here.






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North Arm Lake Itasca

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American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

American toad


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


Special concern

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)

Blue Jay

Insects and Arachnids

Canadian tiger swallowtail (Papilio canadensis)

chalk-fronted corporal (Ladona julia)

eyed brown (Lethe eurydice)

Harris’ checkerspot (Chlosyne harrisii)

northern crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)

northern pearly eye (Lethe anthedon)

racket-tailed emerald (Dorocordulia libera)

silvery checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

tawny crescent (Phyciodes batesii)

chalk-fronted corporal

northern crescent




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



Oakes’ pondweed (Potamogeton oakesianus)



blue mudplantain (Heteranthera limosa)

bright green spike-rush (Eleocharis flavescens var. olivacea)

Clinton’s bulrush (Trichophorum clintonii)

cuckoo flower (Cardamine pratensis)

little goblin moonwort (Botrychium mormo)


Special concern

least moonwort (Botrychium simplex)

Mingan moonwort (Botrychium minganense)

pale false mannagrass (Torreyochloa pallida var. pallida)

slender waternymph (Najas gracillima)

white adder’s-mouth (Malaxis monophyllos var. brachypoda)


Watch list

hair-like sedge (Carex capillaris)

northern adder’s tongue (Ophioglossum pusillum)

spineless hornwort (Ceratophyllum echinatum)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List



Allegheny blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

American fly honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spikenard (Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa)

beaked hazel (Corylus cornuta var. cornuta)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

broad-leaved arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canadian white violet (Viola canadensis var. rugulosa)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus var. albus)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common wood fern (Dryopteris intermedia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cream pea (Lathyrus ochroleucus)

crested wood fern (Dryopteris cristata)

downy arrowwood (Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. rafinesqueanum)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

falsegold groundsel (Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

hairy honeysuckle (Lonicera hirsuta)

hairy Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum pubescens)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

Howell’s pussy-toes (Antennaria howellii)

hybrid cattail (Typha x glauca)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

Lindley’s aster (Symphyotrichum ciliolatum)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

mountain maple (Acer spicatum)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

northern bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

prickly rose (Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rock elm (Ulmus thomasii)

rose twisted-stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

showy lady’s slipper (Cypripedium reginae)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild calla (Calla palustris)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)


Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Acer spicatum (mountain maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Anemone americana (round-lobed hepatica)

Antennaria howellii (Howell’s pussy-toes)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa (American spikenard)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Calla palustris (wild calla)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Corylus cornuta var. cornuta (beaked hazel)

Cypripedium reginae (showy lady’s slipper)

Diervilla lonicera (northern bush-honeysuckle)

Dryopteris cristata (crested wood fern)

Dryopteris intermedia (common wood fern)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Lathyrus ochroleucus (cream pea)

Lathyrus venosus (veiny pea)

Lonicera canadensis (American fly honeysuckle)

Lonicera hirsuta (hairy honeysuckle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata (falsegold groundsel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polygonatum pubescens (hairy Solomon’s seal)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (prickly rose)

Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Sagittaria latifolia (broad-leaved arrowhead)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes (rose twisted-stalk)

Symphoricarpos albus var. albus (common snowberry)

Symphyotrichum ciliolatum (Lindley’s aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha x glauca (hybrid cattail)

Ulmus thomasii (rock elm)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Viburnum rafinesqueanum var. rafinesqueanum (downy arrowwood)

Viola canadensis var. rugulosa (Canadian white violet)

American spikenard

beaked hazel

broad-leaved arrowhead

Canadian white violet


early meadow rue

falsegold groundsel


large-flowered bellwort

Lindley’s aster

northern bedstraw

northern blue flag

prickly rose

red baneberry

red elderberry

Showy Lady’s Slipper

western poison ivy

wild ginger

wild columbine



common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

common garter snake




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