Schoolcraft State Park





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222 acres statutory, 147 owned


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  Area and County
    County   Cass County
    Region   Northwest Minnesota


9042 Schoolcraft Lane NE
Deer River, MN 56636

N47 13.343, W93 49.062



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



Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35



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Mountain biking

Horseback riding




Rock climbing and bouldering





Nature photography


Cross country skiing


Winter hiking





Self guided/Interpretive

Interpretive signs are located throughout the park.


2 miles


Anywhere in park


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.


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Section Ecological Section  

Northern Minnesota Drift & Lake Plains

Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

Chippewa Plains

Land Type Association    

Rosey Lake Plain


Native Plant Communities*


Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Clay/Mud Shore (River)

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype

Sedge Meadow

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

Natural Features







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Information kiosk






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  Red Pine - White Pine Woodland, Balsam Fir Subtype


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Mississippi River

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Mississippi River

  Red Pine - White Pine Woodland
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Red Pine - White Pine Woodland

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Schoolcraft State Park 2
Elijahs Road


Feb 27, 2019

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Rogue toast


Sep 2, 2021

A visit to Schoolcraft State park on our quest to visit all of the Minnesota State parks

Schoolcraft State Park Hiking with my daughter
Wandering Wiley


Jul 18, 2020

In this video I go to Schoolcraft State Park Hiking with my daughter Riley, Schoolcraft state park is 225 acre park that has 2 plus miles of trails for hiking, it is mostly flat and through a virgin pine forrest with the Mississippi River running along one side. It is located west of Grand Rapids, MN in Northern Cass county. The park was named for Henry Rowe Schoolcraft the discoverer of the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Mississippi River at Schoolcraft State Park


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American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

green frog (Rana clamitans)

mink frog (Rana septentrionalis)

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

  green frog


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

Special Concern

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Veery (Catharus fuscescens)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)


American Robin

Gray Catbird

Red-winged Blackbird

White-breasted Nuthatch


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List


Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Northern Cinnabar Polypore (Trametes cinnabarina)

  Black Knot

Insects and Arachnids

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

deer fly (Chrysops sp.)

dot-tailed whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta)

mustard white (Pieris oleracea)

  mustard white


American beaver (Castor canadensis)

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  thirteen-lined ground squirrel


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

Special Concern

St. Lawrence grapefern (Botrychium rugulosum)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Clay/Mud Shore (River) RVx54

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland FDn33a

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn33a1

Sedge Meadow WMn82b



alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American common reed (Phragmites australis ssp. americanus)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American hazelnut (Corylus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

American white waterlily (Nymphaea odorata)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

balsam groundsel (Packera paupercula)

beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var. cornuta)

bearded wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black spruce (Picea mariana)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

broad-leaved arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bulbet-bearing water hemlock (Cicuta bulbifera)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone (Anemonastrum canadense)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common chickweed (Stellaria media)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common plantain (Plantago major)

common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris ssp. vulgaris)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common three-square (Schoenoplectus pungens)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cream pea (Lathyrus ochroleucus)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dark green bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens)

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

dwarf raspberry (Rubus pubescens)

early goldenrod (Solidago juncea)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern marsh fern (Thelypteris palustris var. pubescens)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field chickweed (Cerastium arvense)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

fringed brome (Bromus ciliatus)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

goldthread (Coptis trifolia)

graceful sedge (Carex gracillima)

greater bladder sedge (Carex intumescens)

greater duckweed (Spirodela polyrrhiza)

green alder (Alnus alnobetula ssp. crispa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy hedge nettle (Stachys pilosa var. pilosa)

hairy honeysuckle (Lonicera hirsuta)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hemlock water-parsnip (Sium suave)

hookedspur violet (Viola adunca var. adunca)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

lake sedge (Carex lacustris)

long-leaved chickweed (Stellaria longifolia)

lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

marsh bellflower (Campanula aparinoides)

marsh horsetail (Equisetum palustre)

marsh vetchling (Lathyrus palustris)

meadow horsetail (Equisetum pratense)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus)

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

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Pennsylvania buttercup (Ranunculus pensylvanicus)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

prickly tree clubmoss (Dendrolycopodium dendroideum)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red mulberry (Morus rubra)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rose twisted-stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes)

rough bedstraw (Galium asprellum)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

running clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

sessile-fruited arrowhead (Sagittaria rigida)

sessile-leaf bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia)

sky-blue aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth rose (Rosa blanda var. blanda)

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

speckled alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

swamp candles (Lysimachia terrestris)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

tamarack (Larix laricina)

timothy (Phleum pratense ssp. pratense)

touch-me-not (Impatiens sp.)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

variegated yellow pond lily (Nuphar variegata)

water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)

water plantain (Alisma sp.)

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

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild mint (Mentha arvensis)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

wool grass (Scirpus cyperinus)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Agastache foeniculum (blue giant hyssop)

Alisma sp. (water plantain)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Alnus incana ssp. rugosa (speckled alder)

Alnus alnobetula ssp. crispa (green alder)

Anaphalis margaritacea (pearly everlasting)

Anemonastrum canadense (Canada anemone)

Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia (wood anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

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

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

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

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Bromus ciliatus (fringed brome)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Campanula aparinoides (marsh bellflower)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carex gracillima (graceful sedge)

Carex intumescens (greater bladder sedge)

Carex lacustris (lake sedge)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Cerastium arvense (field chickweed)

Cicuta bulbifera (bulbet-bearing water hemlock)

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 alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazelnut)

Corylus cornuta var. cornuta (beaked hazelnut)

Dendrolycopodium dendroideum (prickly tree clubmoss)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus (bearded wheatgrass)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum fluviatile (water horsetail)

Equisetum palustre (marsh horsetail)

Equisetum pratense (meadow horsetail)

Equisetum sylvaticum (woodland horsetail)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Impatiens sp. (touch-me-not)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Larix laricina (tamarack)

Lathyrus ochroleucus (cream pea)

Lathyrus palustris (marsh vetchling)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lonicera hirsuta (hairy honeysuckle)

Lycopodium clavatum (running clubmoss)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lycopus uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Lysimachia borealis (northern starflower)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Lysimachia terrestris (swamp candles)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Mentha arvensis (wild mint)

Morus rubra (red mulberry)

Nuphar variegata (variegated yellow pond lily)

Nymphaea odorata (American white waterlily)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Packera paupercula (balsam groundsel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense ssp. pratense (timothy)

Phragmites australis ssp. americanus (American common reed)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea mariana (black spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

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

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris ssp. vulgaris (common self-heal)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus pensylvanicus (Pennsylvania buttercup)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Rosa blanda var. blanda (smooth rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus pubescens (dwarf raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sagittaria latifolia (broad-leaved arrowhead)

Sagittaria rigida (sessile-fruited arrowhead)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Schoenoplectus pungens (common three-square)

Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Scirpus cyperinus (wool grass)

Sium suave (hemlock water-parsnip)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago juncea (early goldenrod)

Spirodela polyrrhiza (greater duckweed)

Stachys pilosa var. pilosa (hairy hedge nettle)

Stellaria longifolia (long-leaved chickweed)

Stellaria media ssp. media (common chickweed)

Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes (rose twisted-stalk)

Symphyotrichum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense (sky-blue aster)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thelypteris palustris var. pubescens (eastern marsh fern)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis (American stinging nettle)

Uvularia sessilifolia (sessile-leaf bellwort)

Vaccinium angustifolium (lowbush blueberry)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola adunca var. adunca (hookedspur violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)


alsike clover

American germander

American white waterlily (ssp. tuberosa)


beaked hazelnut


bluebead lily

broad-leaved arrowhead

Canada anemone

common blue violet

common self-heal (ssp. vulgaris)

common yarrow

dark green bulrush

early meadow-rue

eastern white pine

fringed loosestrife


hedge bindweed

lowbush blueberry

marsh bellflower

northern bedstraw

northern blue flag

northern starflower

oxeye daisy

pearly everlasting

Philadelphia fleabane

red baneberry

red pine

rough cinquefoil

smooth rose

swamp milkweed

tall thimbleweed

variegated yellow pond lily

western blue virgin’s bower

wild columbine

wild leek

wild mint

wild strawberry

wood anemone

woodland strawberry






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