Lake Elmo Park Reserve

               
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Area and County

Washington County

 

 

 


Size

2,165 acres

 
 
Maps

Summer Trails Map

 
Parking

N44 58.522, W92 54.258

 
Hiking Trails

20 miles total, including hiking, biking, and horse trails

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains

Land Type Association(s)

Maplewood Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1

Boulder Shore (Inland Lake)

Oak - (Red Maple) Woodland

Sand Beach/Sandbar (River)


Ownership

 
Links

Washington County Parks


Comments

Fees
Daily permits are $5 per day. Annual permits are $25, and are honored at all Anoka County, Washington County, and Carver County parks.

Summer Weekends
On hot summer weekends the swimming beach attracts hundreds of local residents.


Visits

7/10/2011

   

 

 

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Trails

  Lake Elmo Park Reserve   Lake Elmo Park Reserve
       

Prairie Restoration

  Lake Elmo Park Reserve   Lake Elmo Park Reserve
       
       
       

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Park Entrance

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Swim Pond

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Eagle Point Lake Viewing Blind

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  Trail Ride, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Washington County, Minnesota, USA, 9 24 11
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Uploaded on Sep 24, 2011

What a way to spend a Saturday morning in late September--with good friends and horses on the prairies of Lake Elmo Park Reserve in Washington County, Minnesota, USA. Two horses and two friends enjoy the early autumn colors and meet up with a hiker and his dog and other horses and riders. See the wonder of friends, horses, and the prairie in early autumn bloom.

 
     
  YMCA Day Camp Kumalya in Lake Elmo
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Uploaded on Jan 26, 2011

YMCA Day Camp Kumalya, located at beautiful Lake Elmo Park Reserve in Lake Elmo, offers outdoor camp activities for kids ages 4-14.

 
     

 

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Birds

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wild Turkey


 

 

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Amphibians

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

American toad


Birds

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Black-capped Chickadee

Canada Goose

Mourning Dove


Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Black Knot


Insects and Arachnids

autumn meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)

cherry-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common oblique syrphid (Allograpta obliqua)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

four-spotted skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

white-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

common green darner

four-spotted skimmer

Halloween pennant

twelve-spotted skimmer


Plants

One plant species on the watch list is found here:

 

Watch list

honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Boulder Shore (Inland Lake) LKi43a

Oak - (Red Maple) Woodland FDs37a

Sand Beach/Sandbar (River) RVx32b

 
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

blue spruce (Picea pungens)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

bristly locust (Robinia hispida var. hispida)

broad-leaved arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

cereal rye (Secale cereale)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

corn (Zea mays)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

field clover (Trifolium campestre)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

four-flowered yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

Illinois tick-trefoil (Desmodium illinoense)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

musk thistle (Carduus nutans)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard (Crepis tectorum)

New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

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

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rabbit’s foot clover (Trifolium arvense)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

winter vetch (Vicia villosa ssp. villosa)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry)

Agastache foeniculum (blue giant hyssop)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (American hog peanut)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

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

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Carduus nutans (musk thistle)

Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey tea)

Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos (spotted knapweed)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Convolvulus arvensis (field bindweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Crepis tectorum (narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Desmodium illinoense (Illinois tick-trefoil)

Dioscorea villosa (wild yam)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Hesperis matronalis (dame’s rocket)

Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Lysimachia quadriflora (four-flowered yellow loosestrife)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea pungens (blue spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris (heal-all)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Robinia hispida var. hispida (bristly locust)

Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sagittaria latifolia (broad-leaved arrowhead)

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis (American elderberry)

Secale cereale (cereal rye)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tradescantia bracteata (bracted spiderwort)

Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover)

Trifolium campestre (field clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Vicia villosa ssp. villosa (winter vetch)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zea mays (corn)

alsike clover

American elderberry

American plum

black cherry

black raspberry

black-eyed Susan

bracted spiderwort

butterfly weed

chokecherry

common boneset

common mullein

common St. Johnswort

dame’s rocket

downy phlox

false sunflower

field bindweed

fringed loosestrife

heal-all

leadplant

long-headed coneflower

musk thistle

northern bedstraw

oxeye daisy

prairie coreopsis

purple prairie clover

rough cinquefoil

rough-fruited cinquefoil

tall meadow rue

western poison ivy flowers

white baneberry

winter vetch

yellow wood sorrel

 


Reptiles

common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

common garter snake


 

 

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