Scenic State Park

               
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Area and County

Itasca County

 

 

 


Size

3,936 acres statutory, 2,650 owned

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Maps

Minnesota DNR Summer Map

Native Plant Community Map - North Section

 
Park Entrance

N47 42.189, W93 34.012

 
Hiking Trails

14 miles
2 miles interpretive

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Northern Minnesota Drift & Lake Plains

Subsection(s)

St. Louis Moraines

Land Type Association(s)

Coon Lake Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Aspen - Birch - Basswood Forest

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern)

Low Shrub Poor Fen

Northern Dry Sand Pine Woodland

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp

Northern Wet-Mesic Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forest

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland

Rich Tamarack - (Alder) Swamp

White Cedar Swamp (Northcentral)

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp


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History
In 1921, in an effort to preserve the birch and pines around Coon and Sandwick Lakes from logging, 2,121 acres in Itasca County were acquired and Scenic State Park was created. Subsequent land acquisitions have almost doubled the size of this park.

Historic Buildings
Two areas of the park are included separately on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), the service yard and the CCC Rustic Style Historic District. The service yard includes four buildings on the western shore of Sandwick Lake. The historic district is 16 acres on the south shore of Coon Lake that includes five buildings and a set of stone steps. The buildings in these areas were designed by the National Park Service and constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). They were designed in Rustic Style Architecture and built with a labor-intensive process. They are considered irreplaceable. The work was performed during the Great Depression between 1933 and 1935. On June 6, 1992, the service yard was placed in the NRHP. On June 8, 1992, the historic district was placed in the NRHP.


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9/6/2011

  8/10/2015

 

 

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Birds

Three bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:

 

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

 

Special concern

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

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American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Pileated Woodpecker


Fungi and Lichens

Aspen Bolete (Leccinum insigne)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Bristly Beard Lichen (Usnea hirta)

Cavern Beard Lichen (Usnea cavernosa)

Chicken Fat Mushroom (Suillus americanus)

Common Greenshield Lichen (Flavoparmelia caperata)

Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)

Purple Bordered Leaf Spot (Phyllosticta minima)

Red-Belt Conk (fomitopsis pinicola)

Short-stemmed Russula (Russula brevipes)

Aspen Bolete

Black Knot


Insects and Arachnids

aster leafminer fly (Calycomyza humeralis)

bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata)

chokecherry finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

lake darner (Aeshna eremita)

lime nail gall mite (Eriophyes tiliae)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

silver-bordered fritillary (Boloria selene)

white-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

wood ant (Formica sp.)

dog day cicada

great spangled fritillary

willow pinecone gall midge


Mammals

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American red squirrel


Plants

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

 

Special concern

white adder’s-mouth (Malaxis monophyllos var. brachypoda)

 
 

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Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Aspen - Birch - Basswood Forest MHn35a

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern) MRn83a

Low Shrub Poor Fen APn91a

Northern Dry Sand Pine Woodland FDn12

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp WFn64

Northern Wet-Mesic Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forest MHn44

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland FDn33a

Rich Tamarack - (Alder) Swamp FPn82a

White Cedar Swamp (Northcentral) FPn63b

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

 
 

 

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spurred gentian (Halenia deflexa ssp. deflexa)

American starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

American white waterlily (Nymphaea odorata)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

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

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

bog Labrador tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bulbet-bearing water hemlock (Cicuta bulbifera)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

clustered black snakeroot (Sanicula odorata)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. pubescens)

dwarf raspberry (Rubus pubescens)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

eastern woodland sedge (Carex blanda)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

four-flowered yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

goldthread (Coptis trifolia)

great water dock (Rumex britannica)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy goldenrod (Solidago hispida)

hairy honeysuckle (Lonicera hirsuta)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris)

heart-leaved birch (Betula cordifolia)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

Lindley’s aster (Symphyotrichum ciliolatum)

lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

marsh cinquefoil (Comarum palustre)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

meadow horsetail (Equisetum pratense)

mountain maple (Acer spicatum)

nodding bur marigold (Bidens cernua)

nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

northern bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

northern green orchid (Platanthera aquilonis)

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

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Pennsylvania buttercup (Ranunculus pensylvanicus)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly rose (Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi)

purple-leaf willow herb (Epilobium coloratum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rabbit’s foot clover (Trifolium arvense)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rose twisted-stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes)

rough bedstraw (Galium asprellum)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silky dogwood (Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua)

smooth rose (Rosa blanda var. blanda)

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

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

speckled alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa)

spinulose wood fern (Dryopteris carthusiana)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

stiff clubmoss (Lycopodium annotinum)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

sweet Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus)

water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild oats (Uvularia sessilifolia)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

woodland horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum)

wool grass (Scirpus cyperinus)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)

yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis var. alleghaniensis)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

 

Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Acer spicatum (mountain maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Alnus incana ssp. rugosa (speckled alder)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

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)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

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

Betula alleghaniensis var. alleghaniensis (yellow birch)

Betula cordifolia (heart-leaved birch)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Bidens cernua (nodding bur marigold)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Carex blanda (eastern woodland sedge)

Cicuta bulbifera (bulbet-bearing water hemlock)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Comarum palustre (marsh cinquefoil)

Coptis trifolia (goldthread)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua (silky dogwood)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Diervilla lonicera (northern bush-honeysuckle)

Dryopteris carthusiana (spinulose wood fern)

Epilobium coloratum (purple-leaf willow herb)

Equisetum fluviatile (water horsetail)

Equisetum pratense (meadow horsetail)

Equisetum sylvaticum (woodland horsetail)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Eutrochium purpureum (sweet Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Halenia deflexa ssp. deflexa (American spurred gentian)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Hesperostipa spartea (porcupine grass)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Lactuca canadensis (Canada lettuce)

Lathyrus venosus (veiny pea)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lonicera hirsuta (hairy honeysuckle)

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

Lycopodium annotinum (stiff clubmoss)

Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Lysimachia borealis (American starflower)

Lysimachia quadriflora (four-flowered yellow loosestrife)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Nymphaea odorata (American white waterlily)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Platanthera aquilonis (northern green orchid)

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

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris (heal-all)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus pensylvanicus (Pennsylvania buttercup)

Rhododendron groenlandicum (bog Labrador tea)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (prickly rose)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rosa blanda var. blanda (smooth rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus parviflorus (thimbleberry)

Rubus pubescens (dwarf raspberry)

Rumex britannica (great water dock)

Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Sanicula odorata (clustered black snakeroot)

Scirpus cyperinus (wool grass)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solidago hispida (hairy goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes (rose twisted-stalk)

Symphyotrichum ciliolatum (Lindley’s aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Trillium cernuum (nodding trillium)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Uvularia sessilifolia (wild oats)

Vaccinium angustifolium (lowbush blueberry)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola pubescens var. pubescens (downy yellow violet)

American red raspberry

American starflower

American white waterlily (ssp. tuberosa)

bird’s-foot trefoil

black cherry

bluebead lily

bunchberry

Canada anemone

common false Solomon’s seal

common tansy

downy yellow violet

early meadow rue

eastern white pine

hairy goldenrod

large-flowered bellwort

Lindley’s aster

nodding bur marigold

nodding trillium

oxeye daisy

pearly everlasting

poke milkweed

prairie rose

prickly rose

red baneberry

red elderberry

silky dogwood

smooth rose

spotted touch-me-not

tall thimbleweed

thimbleberry

western poison ivy

white baneberry

white clover

wild columbine

yellow marsh marigold


 

 

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