Monson Lake State Park

 

 

     
 
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Location
 
 

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Size

 
 

351 acres statutory, 185 owned

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

1690 15th Street Northeast
Sunburg, MN 56289

N45 19.163, W95 16.488

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

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

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35

 
         
 

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          Swift County  
          Southwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

1.2 miles

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

North Central Glaciated Plains

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Minnesota River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Gilchrist Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest

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

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Slideshows
 
  Hiking Club: Monson State Park, September 2014
Carey
 
  Hiking Club: Monson State Park, September 2014  
 
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27 SEP 2014; Park #18, 1.1 miles

 
  Monson Lake State Park
Richard Sanders
 
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Monson Lake State Park

 

 

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Other Videos
 
  Minnesota State Parks | Monson Lake State Park Tour. Day 40 of 365
Outdoor Minnesota 365
 
   
 
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Sep 8, 2019

Probably one of my favorite things ever is to check out state parks I've never been too. Monson Lake State Park is a small little state park not too far from my home. If you are actively involved in Hiking Club MN, be aware there is a password spoiler in this video!

Thanks for coming on this daily outdoor journey with me!

 
  HIKING TOGETHER. Monson Lake State Park. Sunburg, Minnesota. Nice hike!
Ramblin Woodworks
 
   
 
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Jun 30, 2021

Today my wife and I had a nice little hike at Monson State Park near Sunburg, Minnesota which is in west central Minnesota. It was a little over a mile loop hike and we had a great time. Come along and join us!

Thanks so much for watching! Also if you want please checkout the many other videos I have as well as numerous playlists. Please subscribe and click the bell so you don't miss anything, like, comment, and share. Have a wonderful day yall!🙂

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"A long cold"- Riot

 
  Camping at Munson Lake State Park, MN
Hotcakesman
 
   
 
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Jul 7, 2019

Hotcakes and his friend Lucas go camping and paddling on Munson Lake Mn. Join us as we detox from the world and get back to nature. Also this video includes and update on the future of this channel.

 
  West Lake Massacre Site - Monson Lake State Park, MN
Clayton Kraby
 
   
 
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Jan 5, 2022

Video from the site of the West Lake Massacre, also known as the West Lake Tragedy, during the US-Dakota War of 1862 where 13 settlers were killed on August 20, 1862. My wife's ancestor was one of two survivors of her family.

 
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Visits

8/3/2011

  8/30/2013            
 
 

Birds

 
 

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

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

 

Blue Jay

Mourning Dove

Song Sparrow

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

milkweed tussock moth (Euchaetes egle)

white snakeroot leaf miner (Liriomyza eupatoriella)

  milkweed tussock moth  
 

Mammals

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
  eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)   eastern chipmunk  
 

Plants

 
 

One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:

Special Concern

blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest MHs38b

     
 

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)

American spikenard (Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

Blue Ridge carrionflower (Smilax lasioneura)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. hastata)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea canadensis ssp. canadensis)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian white violet (Viola canadensis var. rugulosa)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

desert false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

eastern bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)

eastern panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum var. lanceolatum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. viridis)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

Pennsylvania smartweed (Persicaria pensylvanica)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

prickly sow thistle (Sonchus asper)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

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

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

virgin’s bower (Clematis virginiana)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amorpha fruticosa (desert false indigo)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa (American spikenard)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Circaea canadensis ssp. canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Clematis virginiana (virgin’s bower)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Elymus hystrix (eastern bottlebrush grass)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria pensylvanica (Pennsylvania smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phryma leptostachya (American lopseed)

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

Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris (heal-all)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax lasioneura (Blue Ridge carrionflower)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Sonchus asper (prickly sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum var. lanceolatum (eastern panicled aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbena hastata var. hastata (blue vervain)

Viola canadensis var. rugulosa (Canadian white violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

 

alfalfa

American cow parsnip

American spikenard

bloodroot

blue cohosh

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

Canadian white violet

common blue violet

common boneset

cut-leaved coneflower

desert false indigo

eastern prickly gooseberry

gray-headed coneflower

large-flowered bellwort

Morrow’s honeysuckle

red baneberry

red clover

rough cinquefoil

spotted touch-me-not

swamp milkweed

tall meadow-rue

Virginia waterleaf

wild columbine

 
 

Reptiles

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
  common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)   common garter snake  

 

 

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