John A. Latsch State Park

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Area and County

Winona County





1,605 acres statutory, 409 owned


Minnesota DNR Summer Map


N44 10.327, W91 50.324

Hiking Trails

½ mile


No hunting

Ecological Classification


Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification


Paleozoic Plateau


The Blufflands

Land Type Association(s)

Altura Ridgetops

Elba Slopes

Mississippi River Valley

Native Plant Communities1

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern)

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland

Red Oak - White Oak Forest

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest

Southern Dry Cliff

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest

Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

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Park Entrance

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Wood Routed Sign

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592 Steps

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The View from the Top

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Exploring John A Latsch State park overlooking the Mississippi





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  Mississippi River @ John Latsch park, Minnesota

Uploaded on May 17, 2010

John Latsch State Park. Minnieska, Minnesota on May 16, 2010

  Canadian Pacific - viewed from a bluff in John Latsch State Park, MN, - 18th October 2013

Published on Feb 28, 2014

Lineside Video Productions presents this scene overlooking the giant Mississippi River of a northbound 'stack' train, which will appear in one of our forthcoming American Railway series of DVD programmes.





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



Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)



Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)


Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Black Knot

Insects and Arachnids

crane fly (Limonia annulata)

crane fly (Limonia annulata)

Mammals whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus) whitetail deer


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



American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)


Special concern

American shoreweed (Littorella uniflora)

cutleaf waterparsnip (Berula erecta)

Gray’s sedge (Carex grayi)

Muskingum sedge (Carex muskingumensis)


Watch list

jeweled shooting star (Primula fassettii)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern) MRn83a

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern) UPs13c

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland FDs38a

Red Oak - White Oak Forest MHs37a

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest MHs37b

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest FFs68a

Southern Dry Cliff CTs12

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest MHs37

Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest MHs49

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs39a



American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

American plum (Prunus americana)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. pubescens)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum pubescens)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

jeweled shooting star (Primula fassettii)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

late horse-gentian (Triosteum perfoliatum)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rosy sedge (Carex rosea)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

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

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia (wood anemone)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Carex rosea (rosy sedge)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Carya ovata (northern shagbark hickory)

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

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polygonatum pubescens (hairy Solomon’s seal)

Primula fassettii (jeweled shooting star)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Triosteum perfoliatum (late horse-gentian)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Viola pubescens var. pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

American plum

black cherry


common blue violet

common false Solomon’s seal

eastern false rue anemone

gray dogwood

interrupted fern

northern bedstraw

red baneberry

rue anemone

upright carrionflower

Virginia waterleaf

white rattlesnake root

wild columbine

wild ginger

wood anemone





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