Phelps Lake WMA

       
   

Area and County

    Rice County
    Southeast Minnesota
     
 

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Size

161.41 acres

 
 
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Parking

There is a pullout with a grass surface at the northwest corner of the WMA. If this is unusable due to wet conditions, park on the east side of Lark Ave.

N44 27.423, W93 31.186

 
Hiking Trails

A cleared access road leads from the private residence to Phelps Lake and along the tree belt bordering the west side of Phelps Lake. The road is not mowed but it is free of trees and shrubs.

 
Hunting

Deer, Small Game, Pheasants, Waterfowl, Turkey, Doves. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)  

Big Woods

Land Type Association(s)

Cordova Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1

Not mapped (4/22/2020)

 
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Visits

6/14/2020

           

 

 

 

 

       
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Planted grasses with sparse tree cover

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Deciduous woodland

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Deciduous forest

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Precarious footbridge to north section

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Trails

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Grassland with sparse deciduous trees - non-native dominated vegetation

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Cleared access road

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Amphibians

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog

 
Bacteria

apical chlorosis of Canada thistle (Pst) (Pseudomonas syringae pv. tagetis)

Pst

 
Birds

One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

 

Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

 
 

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis tabida)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)

Blue Jay

Common Grackle

Northern Cardinal

Tree Swallow

Wood Duck

 
Fungi and Lichens

Oat Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae)

Oat Crown Rust

 
Insects and Arachnids

black cherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes cerasicrumena)

chokecherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

hackberry nipplegall maker (Pachypsylla celtidismamma)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

whirligig beetle (Subfamily Gyrininae)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

common whitetail

eastern tent caterpillar

twelve-spotted skimmer

 
Plants

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

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

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

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)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

caraway (Carum carvi)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

clustered black snakeroot (Sanicula odorata)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern star sedge (Carex radiata)

eastern woodland sedge (Carex blanda)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fox sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hawthorn (Crataegus sp.)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Japanese hedge parsley (Torilis japonica)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

North American common reed (Phragmites australis ssp. americanus)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

path rush (Juncus tenuis)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth rose (Rosa blanda var. blanda)

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

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

smooth yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula)

southern blue flag (Iris virginica var. shrevei)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

touch-me-not (Impatiens sp.)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Barbarea vulgaris (winter cress)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd’s purse)

Carex blanda (eastern woodland sedge)

Carex radiata (eastern star sedge)

Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)

Carum carvi (caraway)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Crataegus sp. (hawthorn)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Impatiens sp. (touch-me-not)

Iris virginica var. shrevei (southern blue flag)

Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

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

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phragmites australis ssp. americanus (North American common reed)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

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

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rosa blanda var. blanda (smooth rose)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Sanicula odorata (clustered black snakeroot)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Torilis japonica (Japanese hedge parsley)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula (smooth yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

alsike clover

American highbush cranberry

American vetch

black cherry

black raspberry

bloodroot

Canada anemone

common blue violet

common milkweed

common yarrow

fragrant bedstraw

giant goldenrod

hedge bindweed

Japanese hedge parsley

Missouri gooseberry

nannyberry

Philadelphia fleabane

red baneberry

red clover

red osier dogwood

smooth rose

southern blue flag

swamp milkweed

Virginia waterleaf

swamp smartweed

wild geranium

woodland strawberry

yellow goat's beard

 
Reptiles

painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

western painted turtle

     

 

 

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Created: 5/27/2020

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