Thompson County Park

       
   

Area and County

    Dakota County
    Metro Area
     
 

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Size

57 acres

 
 
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Park Entrance

Hours: 5 a.m.–10 p.m.

360 Butler Avenue East
West St. Paul, MN

N44 54.735, W93 4.227

 
Hiking Trails

More than 2 miles of hiking trails

The River to River Greenway Trail, a paved bike trail, passes through the park.

 
Hunting

No hunting

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)  

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains

Land Type Association(s)

Wescott Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1

Not mapped (1/24/2020)

 
Ownership Minnesota DNR logo        
 
Links

Dakota County Parks

 
Comments

Plant Communities
In 2005 the Dakota County staff mapped Thompson County Park according to the Minnesota Land Cover Classification System (MLCCS). They found 1.7 acres of shoreline, 1.5 acres of old field, 8.3 acres of developed land, 13.7 acres of degraded native forest, and 26.2 acres of degraded forest (overgrown old field). This does not include 3.1 acres in the western portion of the park that Dakota County restored to oak savanna.

According to the Draft Thompson County Park Master Plan published December 2019, “Today the undeveloped area of the park is an island of low-quality vegetation within a matrix of urban development.”

 
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5/22/2017

           

 

 

 

 

       
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Amphibians

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

boreal chorus frog

 
Birds

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Black-capped Chickadee

Mallard

Northern Cardinal

Wood Duck

 
Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Hexagonal-pored Polypore (Neofavolus alveolaris)

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

Hexagonal-pored Polypore

 
Insects and Arachnids

convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

maple bladdergall mite (Vasates quadripedes)

goldenrod bunch gall midge

 
Mammals

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

American red squirrel

 
Plants

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

 

Endangered

wild quinine (Parthenium integrifolium)

 
Plants

 

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

Bell’s honeysuckle (Lonicera × bella)

bigleaf lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus ssp. polyphyllus)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

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

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

dwarf raspberry (Rubus pubescens)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray birch (Betula populifolia)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

great water dock (Rumex britannica)

greater duckweed (Spirodela polyrrhiza)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hazel (Corylus spp.)

heart-leaved birch (Betula cordifolia)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leafy spurge (Euphorbia virgata)

lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)

long-beaked sedge (Carex sprengelii)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

peachleaf willow (Salix amygdaloides)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

river birch (Betula nigra)

rose twisted-stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

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

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white mulberry (Morus alba)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

 

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Baptisia lactea var. lactea (white wild indigo)

Barbarea vulgaris (winter cress)

Betula cordifolia (heart-leaved birch)

Betula nigra (river birch)

Betula populifolia (gray birch)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carex sprengelii (long-beaked sedge)

Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Corylus spp. (hazel)

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Euphorbia virgata (leafy spurge)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Lonicera × bella (Bell’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lupinus polyphyllus ssp. polyphyllus (bigleaf lupine)

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

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Morus alba (white mulberry)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

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

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

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 missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rubus pubescens (dwarf raspberry)

Rumex britannica (great water dock)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Spirodela polyrrhiza (greater duckweed)

Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes (rose twisted-stalk)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Tradescantia bracteata (bracted spiderwort)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American cow parsnip

American highbush cranberry

Bell’s honeysuckle

black cherry

black raspberry

bracted spiderwort

crown vetch

Dutchman’s breeches

golden alexanders

ground ivy

hedge bindweed

leafy spurge

Missouri gooseberry

Morrow’s honeysuckle

orange daylily

prairie rose

red clover

red elderberry

Scotch pine

Virginia waterleaf

white clover

wild bergamot

wild geranium

wild grape

winter cress

 
Reptiles

painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

western painted turtle

     

 

 

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Created: 2/12/2020

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