Lake Bronson State Park





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4,375 acres statutory, 2,808 owned


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  Area and County
    County   Kittson County
    Region   Northwest Minnesota


3793 230th St
Box 9
Lake Bronson, MN 56734

N48 43.483, W96 37.358



Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.



Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35



all season (PDF)

all season (GeoPDF)




Mountain biking

Horseback riding




Rock climbing and bouldering





Nature photography


Cross country skiing


Winter hiking





Wheelchair accessible

2 miles

Self guided/Interpretive

1.5 miles


14 miles

Paved bike

2 miles

Mountain bike

5 miles


8 miles


3 miles groomed


Anywhere in park


Hunting and Fishing

No hunting. The park may hold one or more managed hunts in the fall.

In most cases, Minnesota residents do not need a permit to fish in Minnesota State Parks.


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province   Tallgrass Aspen Parklands  
Ecological Section Ecological Section   Lake Agassiz, Aspen Parklands  
Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection   Aspen Parklands  
Land Type Association    

Bronson Lake Plain

Landcaster Lake Plain


Native Plant Communities*


Aspen Parkland Complex

Aspen Woodland/Forest Complex

Bur Oak - (Prairie Herb) Woodland

Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Northern)

Dry Prairie - Woodland Complex

Dry Sand - Gravel Oak Savanna (Northern)

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Northern)

Green Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Northern Bulrush - Spikerush Marsh

Northwestern Dry-Mesic Oak Woodland

Prairie Meadow/Carr

Sand/Gravel/Cobble River Shore

Wet Brush-Prairie (Northern)

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

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Looking for a great lake experience? How about exploring a wild, restored prairie? Lake Bronson State Park has it all. Plus, a lasting reminder of history that goes back to "dustbowl" times. Whatever your family wants to explore, we recommend Lake Bronson State Park.

Our thanks to:
Tim Williamson, Park Manager, Lake Bronson and Old Mill State Parks
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Div. of Parks and Trails
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Lake Bronson State Park


Uploaded on Aug 7, 2007

Video from day 10 of my 2007 vacation.

Lake Bronson, the only lake in Minnesota's Kittson County, was created in the 1930s when a dam was built along the South Branch of the Two Rivers. The lake took its name from the nearby town of Bronson, which itself was later renamed Lake Bronson to reflect its close proximity to the lake.

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smooth greensnake (Opheodrys vernalis) Sightings




Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

  American toad


Thirteen bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

Special Concern

American Goshawk (Accipiter atricapillus)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist (Complete)

eBird Field Checklist (Aspen Parklands Interpretive Trail)

eBird Field Checklist (Bicycle Trail, CR 10 to Dam)

eBird Field Checklist (Canoe Landing)

eBird Field Checklist (Fishing Pier / Dam)

eBird Field Checklist (Group Camp)

eBird Field Checklist (Picnic Area / Beach)

eBird Field Checklist (Pioneer Cemetery)

eBird Field Checklist (South Branch Two Rivers)

eBird Field Checklist (Two Rivers Campground)

eBird Field Checklist (Wildlife Observation Area)

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)


Black-capped Chickadee

Chipping Sparrow


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List


Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

Beautiful Russula (Russula pulchra)

Field Dog Lichen (Peltigera rufescens)

Lobster Mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum)

  Beautiful Russula

Insects and Arachnids

Four insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:


Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae)

plains skipper (Hesperia assiniboia)

Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)


Garita skipper (Oarisma garita)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

end band net-winged beetle (Calopteron terminale)

great spangled fritillary (Argynnis cybele)

  dog day cicada


American black bear (Ursus americanus)

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  American black bear


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

Endangered Frenchman’s Bluff moonwort (Botrychium gallicomontanum)

clustered broomrape (Orobanche fasciculata)

Holboell’s rockcress (Boechera retrofracta)

soft fox sedge (Carex conjuncta)

Special Concern

blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)

blunt sedge (Carex obtusata)

creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

Drummond’s campion (Silene drummondii var. drummondii)

dry sedge (Carex xerantica)

false mountain willow (Salix pseudomonticola)

least moonwort (Botrychium simplex)

long-stalked starwort (Stellaria longipes ssp. longipes)

Mingan moonwort (Botrychium minganense)

pygmy-flower rock-jasmine (Androsace septentrionalis)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

spikeoat (Avenula hookeri)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Bur Oak - (Prairie Herb) Woodland FDw24a

Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Northern) UPn13b

Dry Sand - Gravel Oak Savanna (Northern) UPn13c

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Northern) UPn12b

Green Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest MHw36a

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Northern Bulrush - Spikerush Marsh MRn93

Northwestern Dry-Mesic Oak Woodland FDw24

Prairie Meadow/Carr WMp73a

Sand/Gravel/Cobble River Shore RVx32

Wet Brush-Prairie (Northern) WPn53b



absinthe wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

aniseroot (Osmorhiza longistylis)

asparagus (asparagus officinalis)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Blue Ridge carrionflower (Smilax lasioneura)

boxelder (Acer negundo)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana ssp. virginiana)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field mouse-ear chickweed (Cerastium arvense ssp. strictum)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa var. villosa)

intermediate bellflower (Campanula intercedens)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

oval-leaf milkweed (Asclepias ovalifolia)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake fern (Botrypus virginianus)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata var. maculata)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

streamside fleabane (Erigeron glabellus var. pubescens)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

western ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. corymbosa)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)


Acer negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agastache foeniculum (blue giant hyssop)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Artemisia absinthium (absinthe wormwood)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias ovalifolia (oval-leaf milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Botrypus virginianus (rattlesnake fern)

Campanula intercedens (intermediate_bellflower)

Cerastium arvense (field mouse-ear chickweed)

Cicuta maculata var. maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Erigeron canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Erigeron glabellus var. pubescens (streamside fleabane)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Heterotheca villosa var. villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmorhiza longistylis (aniseroot)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Physostegia virginiana var. virginiana (common obedient plant)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Smilax lasioneura (Blue Ridge carrionflower)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve (common smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. corymbosa (western ironweed)


absinthe wormwood

big bluestem

black-eyed Susan

bur oak

Canadian milkvetch

common dandelion

common yarrow

gray-headed coneflower

hairy false goldenaster

northern bedstraw

prairie onion

prairie rose

silky aster

spotted water hemlock

stiff goldenrod

western poison ivy

wild mint


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)   common snapping turtle






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