Rice Lake State Park

 

 

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Ownership

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Overview

 

 

History

 

 

Management

 

 

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Location

Size

1,750 acres statutory, 712 owned

 

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  Area and County
    County   Steele and Dodge Counties
    Region   Southeast Minnesota

Parking

485 Rose Street
Owatonna, MN 55060

N44 5.579, W93 3.850

 

Hours

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

 

Fees

Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35

 

Maps

Park and campground maps
Activities

Hiking

Biking

Birdwatching

Nature photography

Picnicking

Camping

Cross country skiing

Snowshoeing

Snowmobiling

Boating

 

Trails

Wheelchair accessible

0.1 mile

Hiking

5 miles

Winter hiking

5 miles

Cross country skiing

3 miles ungroomed

Snowmobile

Approximately 3 miles

Snowshoe

Anywhere in park except on groomed trails.

 

Hunting and Fishing

No hunting. The park may hold one or more managed hunts in the fall.

In most cases, Minnesota residents do not need a permit to fish in Minnesota State Parks.

Ecology

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

 
Ecological Section Ecological Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

 
Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

Oak Savanna

 
Land Type Association    

Blooming Prairie Till Plain

Havanna Moraine

 
         

Native Plant Communities*

 

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest

Cattail Marsh (Northern)

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest

Mesic Prairie (Southern)

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Red Oak - White Oak Forest

Seepage Meadow/Carr

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Wet Prairie (Southern)

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

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

Natural Features

   

Marsh, lake, meadow, hardwood forest

 

 

 

 

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Trails

  Other Prairie

 

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Rice Lake State Park Campsite Campground Photos Owatonna, MN Minnesota State Park
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Apr 21, 2021

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Hiking at Rice Lake State Park in Minnesota - S1:E13
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Dec 29, 2020

We stopped at Rice Lake State Park in Minnesota on our way back from Great River Bluffs State Park, (video coming soon!). Rice Lake was a smaller park that didn't have many hiking trails, but would certainly be a lot of fun if you had a boat, canoe, or kayak. We didn't make it to the watercraft camping area, but I could see that being a lot of fun! Join us as we explore Rice Lake State Park!

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May 1, 2017

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Walk about Scouting Rice Lake State Park, Mn.

Found this Gem of a park fairly close to home base. I have always looked for a "go to" place where I can do spur of the moment camps or just go walk about. It a small State Park located about 30 min south east of Faribault Mn.

Camping, fishing, day vists and ......Boat in my favorite way to camp. Looking forward to giving it a try. lots of birds, trees and places to walk. Perfect. Very clean and well maintained. And best of all $6.00 a night. Cannot beat that with a big stick.

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S1:E9 RICE LAKE STATE PARK, Minnesota (08.31.2018) Old Dad Revival
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Sep 8, 2018

Rice Lake State Park in Minnesota in the Summertime
Check It Out! with Tom Young

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Sep 1, 2020

Being a video about our visit to Rice Lake State Park in Minnesota during the Summertime. This lovely State Park is in southeast Minnesota near the city of Owatonna.

It has a 700 acre lake in it and about a dozen miles of hiking trails. It is also unique in southern Minnesota because canoe camping is allowed on the far side of the lake away from the main campground. The entire lake is in the State Park, and migrating waterfowl know this, so every Spring and Fall there are birds everywhere!

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Published on Mar 15, 2014

ALL MUSICAL CONTENT PROVIDED BY TONE X. I was bored and decided to take the sled out for a bit. I went to a place about 5 miles away. Rice Lake State Park.... I haven't been there in years and I told myself I would make a trip out there in the future. It was snowing so the video quality wasn't the best at times.

I have to give a shout out to TONE X for the awesome tracks he makes. I am always willing to promote his music in the non-profit videos I make.

 

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Plants

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

  sharp-lobed hepatica
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Visits

5/21/1999

7/8/2012

10/11/2014

4/23/2015

Rice Lake State Park spans two counties, but all of the trails are in Steele County. All observations listed here were made in Steele County.

Amphibians

American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

  boreal chorus frog

Birds

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

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

Special Concern

Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammospiza nelsoni)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist (Steele Co.)

American Coot (Fulica americana)

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Redhead (Aythya americana)

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

 

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Blue Jay

Canada Goose

Dark-eyed Junco

Gray Catbird

Mallard

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker

Northern Shoveler

Red-winged Blackbird

Wild Turkey

Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)

False Turkey Tail (Stereum ostrea)

  Crown Rust

Insects and Arachnids

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern tailed-blue (Cupido comyntas)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

grape leaf miner moth (Phyllocnistis vitifoliella)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis)

northern crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

summer azure (Celastrina neglecta)

white snakeroot leaf miner (Liriomyza eupatoriella)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

 

common green darner

dog day cicada

Halloween pennant

monarch

twelve-spotted skimmer

Mammals

American beaver (Castor canadensis)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

 

American beaver

eastern gray squirrel

Plants

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

Threatened

edible valerian (Valeriana edulis var. ciliata)

Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)

Special Concern

late hawthorn (Crataegus calpodendron)

Muskingum sedge (Carex muskingumensis)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

wild sweet William (Phlox maculata ssp. maculata)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest MHs38b

Cattail Marsh (Northern) MRn83b

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest MHs49a

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c

Red Oak - White Oak Forest MHs37a

Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83a1

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest MHs37

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest MHs39

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs39a

Wet Prairie (Southern) WPs54b

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

   

 

Allegheny blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

Balkan catchfly (Silene csereii)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

bluntleaf bedstraw (Galium obtusum ssp. obtusum)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea canadensis)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

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 lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

compass plant (Silphium laciniatum)

creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

desert false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

downy Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens)

drooping trillium (Trillium flexipes)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

European cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus var. opulus)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

Illinois tick-trefoil (Desmodium illinoense)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

limber honeysuckle (Lonicera dioica)

lowland hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

paleleaf woodland sunflower (Helianthus strumosus)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Hylodesmum glutinosum)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

prairie blazing star (Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rock elm (Ulmus thomasii)

rough bedstraw (Galium asprellum)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

smooth carrionflower (Smilax herbacea)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

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

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

soft agrimony (Agrimonia pubescens)

soft wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa var. mollis)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

starry campion (Silene stellata)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

sweet Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia spring beauty (Claytonia virginica var. virginica)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

Virginia wildrye (Elymus virginicus)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

white vervain (Verbena urticifolia)

white-flowered leafcup (Polymnia canadensis)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

 

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Agrimonia pubescens (soft agrimony)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha fruticosa (desert false indigo)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (lowland hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax (downy Parlin’s pussytoes)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asclepias sullivantii (Sullivant’s milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Barbarea vulgaris (winter cress)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Campanula rapunculoides (creeping bellflower)

Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Celastrus scandens (American bittersweet)

Chenopodium album (common lambsquarters)

Circaea canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Claytonia virginica var. virginica (Virginia spring beauty)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Desmodium illinoense (Illinois tick-trefoil)

Elymus hystrix (eastern bottlebrush grass)

Elymus virginicus (Virginia wildrye)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

Erythronium albidum (white trout lily)

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (common boneset)

Eutrochium purpureum (sweet Joe Pye weed)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw)

Galium obtusum ssp. obtusum (bluntleaf bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus strumosus (paleleaf woodland sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hylodesmum glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Liatris pycnostachya var. pycnostachya (prairie blazing star)

Lonicera dioica (limber honeysuckle)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Monarda fistulosa var. mollis (soft wild bergamot)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Persicaria virginiana (jumpseed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii (wild blue phlox)

Phryma leptostachya (American lopseed)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Podophyllum peltatum (May-apple)

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

Polymnia canadensis (white-flowered leafcup)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunella vulgaris (common self-heal)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sambucus canadensis (American elderberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Silene csereii (Balkan catchfly)

Silene stellata (starry campion)

Silphium laciniatum (compass plant)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax herbacea (smooth carrionflower)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Trillium flexipes (drooping trillium)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus thomasii (rock elm)

Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis (American stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Viburnum opulus var. opulus (European cranberrybush)

Viola pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

alsike clover

American elderberry

American germander

big bluestem

black cherry

black-eyed Susan

black raspberry

bloodroot

blue vervain

bur oak

common blue violet

common boneset

common false Solomon’s seal

common mullein

creeping bellflower

cut-leaved toothwort

desert false indigo

field thistle

fringed loosestrife

gray-headed coneflower

Maximilian’s sunflower

Morrow’s honeysuckle

paleleaf woodland sunflower

poke milkweed

rattlesnake master

red clover

red elderberry

sharp-lobed hepatica

spotted touch-me-not

starry campion

Sullivant’s milkweed

swamp milkweed

Virginia spring beauty

Virginia waterleaf

white clover

white sweet clover

wild columbine

wild geranium

wild parsnip

woodland strawberry

Reptiles

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)   painted turtle

 

 

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Birding Hotspot

The small wetland west of the park entrance is a good place to see migrating birds. American Avocet, Black-crowned Night Heron, Black-necked Stilt, and Snowy Egret have all been spotted there.

 

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