Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

               
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Area and County

Rice County

 

 

 


Size

2,884 acres statutory, 1,815 owned

 
 
Maps

Minnesota DNR All Season Map

 
Park Entrance

Visitor Center
N44 20.532, W93 6.325

 
Hiking Trails

11 miles

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Oak Savanna

Land Type Association(s)

Hayfield Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Black Ash - (Red Maple) Seepage Swamp

Elm - Ash - Basswood Terrace Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest


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Visits

7/9/1999

4/13/2000

4/27/2003

 

4/23/2005

5/6/2005

4/14/2006

 

10/19/2013

6/8/2014

   

 

 

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Best place ever for ephemral flowers. Have never experienced anything like it. Only been at it for three years though...

 
     
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Staying at Group Camp C for one night with the St. Olaf Camping Club.

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Hidden Falls from Nerstrand Big Woods State Park just outside of Northfield, Mn. Nice place to hike and is close to home. With all the rain this spring the falls is looking great.

 
     

 

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Amphibians

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

American toad


Birds

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Scarlet Tanager


Plants

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

spring cress (Cardamine bulbosa)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

spring cress


 

 

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Amphibians

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

American toad


Birds

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

 

Special concern

Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Blue Jay

Brown-headed Cowbird

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey

 


Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)

Black Knot


Insects and Arachnids

blue-winged wasp (Scolia dubia)

chokecherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

forest tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma disstria)

linden leaf gall mite (Eriophyes tiliae)

linden leaf gall mite


Mammals

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

eastern gray squirrel

Plants

This is the only state park where Minnesota dwarf trout lily can be found.

 
 

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

 

Endangered

Minnesota dwarf trout lily (Erythronium propullans)

 

Threatened

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

 

Special concern

late hawthorn (Crataegus calpodendron)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Black Ash - (Red Maple) Seepage Swamp WFn57a

Elm - Ash - Basswood Terrace Forest FFs59c

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs39a

 
 

 

Allegheny blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

Blue Ridge carrionflower (Smilax lasioneura)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

clustered black snakeroot (Sanicula odorata)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

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)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

drooping trillium (Trillium flexipes)

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern star sedge (Carex radiata)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Minnesota dwarf trout lily (Erythronium propullans)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

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

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

rosy sedge (Carex rosea)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

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

smooth yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

touch-me-not (Impatiens sp.)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia spring beauty (Claytonia virginica var. virginica)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white mulberry (Morus alba)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (American hog peanut)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

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)

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

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)

Carex radiata (eastern star sedge)

Carex rosea (rosy sedge)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Claytonia virginica var. virginica (Virginia spring beauty)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches)

Dioscorea villosa (wild yam)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Erythronium albidum (white trout lily)

Erythronium propullans (Minnesota dwarf trout lily)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Impatiens sp. (touch-me-not)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Morus alba (white mulberry)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii (wild blue phlox)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Podophyllum peltatum (May-apple)

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

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ranunculus hispidus (bristly buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Sanicula odorata (clustered black snakeroot)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax lasioneura (Blue Ridge carrionflower)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Trillium flexipes (drooping trillium)

Trillium grandiflorum (large-flowered trillium)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula (smooth yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American black currant

American cow parsnip

American highbush cranberry

black cherry

black raspberry

blue cohosh

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower

chokecherry

common blue violet

common false Solomon’s seal

cup plant

eastern false rue anemone

eastern prickly gooseberry

golden alexanders

ground ivy

large-flowered trillium

May-apple

Morrow’s honeysuckle

northern prickly ash

red baneberry

red clover

rue anemone

sharp-lobed hepatica

Virginia spring beauty

Virginia waterleaf

white clover

white trout lily

wild columbine

wild geranium

wood anemone

yellow marsh marigold


 

 

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