Potato Lake SNA

               
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Area and County

Itasca County

 

 

 


Size

84 acres

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Parking

Horseshoe Forest Road (Deer Lake Farm Road)
N47 52.209, W93 19.994

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

Horseshoe Forest Road (Deer Lake Farm Road) passes through the site from east to west.

 
Hunting

All hunting. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.


Ecological Classification

Province

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

N. Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands
N. Minnesota Drift & Lake Plains

Subsection(s)

Littlefork-Vermillion Uplands
St. Louis Moraines

Land Type Association(s)

Effie Till Plain
Coon Lake Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Aspen-Birch Forest

Aspen-Birch-Red Maple Forest

Low Shrub Poor Fen

Poor Black Spruce Swamp

Red Pine-White Pine Woodland

 

Note: The native plant communities above have been identified on this site but a map of them is not yet available to the public (as of 7/21/2016).

 
Natural Features

Undeveloped lake shore


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Minnesota DNR


Comments

History
This SNA was designated December 10, 2012.

Wetlands
There is a fen on the northern part of the site and a swamp on the south part.. Extensive windfall makes reaching the fen difficult.


Visits

7/29/2016

   

 

 

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About

Potato Lake SNA is comprised primarily of a Red Pine-White Pine Woodland and is an example of succession toward an old-growth pine stand. The area was logged at the turn-of-the-century and soon after fire swept through. Regeneration of the stand began after the fire, and it has experienced no further disturbance.

 
     

 

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Amphibians

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog


Birds

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Common Loon (Gavia immer)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Blue Jay

White-breasted Nuthatch


Fungi and Lichens

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)

Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius)

Chicken Fat Mushroom (Suillus americanus)

Common Greenshield Lichen (Flavoparmelia caperata)

Dark-stalked Bolete (Leccinum atrostipitatum)

Frost’s Amanita (Amanita frostiana)

Purple Bordered Leaf Spot (Phyllosticta minima)

Thin-Walled Maze Polypore (Daedaleopsis confragosa)

True Tinder Polypore (Fomes fomentarius)

White False Death Cap (Amanita citrina var. alba)

Chanterelle

Common Greenshield Lichen

True Tinder Polypore


Insects and Arachnids

Canada darner (Aeshna canadensis)

deer fly (Chrysops spp.)

hoary comma (Polygonia gracilis)

ruby meadowhawk (Sympetrum rubicundulum)

tricolored bumble bee (Bombus ternarius)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

tricolored bumble bee


Mammals

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American red squirrel


Plants

Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Birch Forest FDn43b

Aspen - Birch - Red Maple Forest MHn44a

Low Shrub Poor Fen APn91a

Poor Black Spruce Swamp APn81a

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland FDn33a

 
 

 

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spurred gentian (Halenia deflexa ssp. deflexa)

American starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

American white waterlily (Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa)

arctic brome (Bromus kalmii)

arrowleaf tearthumb (Persicaria sagittata)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

beaked hazel (Corylus cornuta var. cornuta)

Bebb’s willow (Salix bebbiana)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

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

black spruce (Picea mariana)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

bog Labrador tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

calico aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian clearweed (Pilea pumila)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

creeping snowberry (Gaultheria hispidula)

dark green bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. pubescens)

dwarf raspberry (Rubus pubescens)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

four-flowered yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)

golden clover (Trifolium aureum)

goldthread (Coptis trifolia)

great water dock (Rumex britannica)

greater bladder sedge (Carex intumescens)

hairy honeysuckle (Lonicera hirsuta)

hairy Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum pubescens)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris)

Indianpipe (Monotropa uniflora)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

large-leaved avens (Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

marsh skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata)

meadow horsetail (Equisetum pratense)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

northern bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

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

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern running-pine (Diphasiastrum complanatum)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

palmate sweet coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus var. palmatus)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly rose (Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

redtop (Agrostis gigantea)

roadside agrimony (Agrimonia striata)

rose twisted-stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes)

rough bedstraw (Galium asprellum)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

rough hawkweed (Hieracium scabrum)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

smooth serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

speckled alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa)

sphagnum moss (Sphagnum sp.)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stiff clubmoss (Lycopodium annotinum)

swamp red currant (Ribes triste)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

tamarack (Larix laricina)

three-leaved false Solomon’s seal (Smilacina trifolia)

threeway sedge (Dulichium arundinaceum var. arundinaceum)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

tree groundpine (Lycopodium dendroideum)

twinflower (Linnaea borealis ssp. americana)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus)

velvet-leaf blueberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides)

water plantain (Alisma sp.)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western blue virgin’s bower (Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)

Wood’s rose (Rosa woodsii var. woodsii)

woodland horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum)

wool grass (Scirpus cyperinus)

woodland horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Agrimonia striata (roadside agrimony)

Agrostis gigantea (redtop)

Alisma sp. (water plantain)

Alnus incana ssp. rugosa (speckled alder)

Amelanchier laevis (smooth serviceberry)

Anaphalis margaritacea (pearly everlasting)

Anemone americana (round-lobed hepatica)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

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

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Bromus kalmii (arctic brome)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Carex intumescens (greater bladder sedge)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis (western blue virgin’s bower)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Coptis trifolia (goldthread)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Corylus cornuta var. cornuta (beaked hazel)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Diervilla lonicera (northern bush-honeysuckle)

Diphasiastrum complanatum (northern running-pine)

Dulichium arundinaceum var. arundinaceum (threeway sedge)

Equisetum pratense (meadow horsetail)

Equisetum sylvaticum (woodland horsetail)

Equisetum sylvaticum (woodland horsetail)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw)

Gaultheria hispidula (creeping snowberry)

Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen)

Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum (large-leaved avens)

Halenia deflexa ssp. deflexa (American spurred gentian)

Hieracium scabrum (rough hawkweed)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Larix laricina (tamarack)

Lathyrus venosus (veiny pea)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Linnaea borealis ssp. americana (twinflower)

Lonicera hirsuta (hairy honeysuckle)

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

Lycopodium annotinum (stiff clubmoss)

Lycopodium dendroideum (tree groundpine)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Lysimachia borealis (American starflower)

Lysimachia quadriflora (four-flowered yellow loosestrife)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Monotropa uniflora (Indianpipe)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa (American white waterlily)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Persicaria sagittata (arrowleaf tearthumb)

Petasites frigidus var. palmatus (palmate sweet coltsfoot)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Picea mariana (black spruce)

Pilea pumila (Canadian clearweed)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polygonatum pubescens (hairy Solomon’s seal)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris (heal-all)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup)

Rhododendron groenlandicum (bog Labrador tea)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes triste (swamp red currant)

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (prickly rose)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rosa woodsii var. woodsii (Wood’s rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus pubescens (dwarf raspberry)

Rumex britannica (great water dock)

Salix bebbiana (Bebb’s willow)

Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Scirpus cyperinus (wool grass)

Scutellaria galericulata (marsh skullcap)

Smilacina trifolia (three-leaved false Solomon’s seal)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Sphagnum sp. (sphagnum moss)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes (rose twisted-stalk)

Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (calico aster)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Trifolium aureum (golden clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Vaccinium angustifolium (lowbush blueberry)

Vaccinium myrtilloides (velvet-leaf blueberry)

Viola pubescens var. pubescens (downy yellow violet)

American red raspberry

American starflower

American white waterlily (ssp. tuberosa)

beaked hazel

bird’s-foot trefoil

bluebead lily

bunchberry

common strawberry

common tansy

common yarrow

downy yellow violet

heal-all

Indianpipe

large-flowered bellwort

lowbush blueberry

northern blue flag

oxeye daisy

pearly everlasting

prairie rose

red baneberry

rough cinquefoil

spotted touch-me-not

tall buttercup

tall thimbleweed

swamp smartweed

western blue virgin’s bower

wild columbine

wild mint

yellow marsh marigold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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