Twin Valley WMA

North Unit




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Parts of the site were disked and seeded in 2014.










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1,628.27 acres




There is a parking area on the south side of 110th Ave. 600 yards west of 360th St.

N47 9.951, W96 18.509


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          Norman County  
          Northwest Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


No maintained trails




Deer, Small Game, Forest Upland Birds, Waterfowl. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

  Ecological Section    

Red River Valley

  Ecological Subsection    

Red River Prairie

  Land Type Association    

Barnesville Beach Complex


Native Plant Communities*


Agassiz Interbeach Prairie Complex

Basin Meadow/Carr

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Prairie)

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Northwestern Wet-Mesic Aspen Woodland

Prairie Meadow/Carr

Sedge Meadow: Beaked Sedge Subtype

Seepage Meadow/Carr

Wet Prairie (Northern)

Wet Saline Prairie (Northern)

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

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

Natural Features

















Waterproof footwear recommended

The recently acquired eastern section contains mesic prairie. The remainder of the site is mostly wet prairie. Visitors should expect “extremely wet conditions in June.”





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West of 360th St., 110th Ave. becomes a dirt road.

  Twin Valley WMA, North Unit  

Follow this for 600 yards to a parking area on the left.

  Twin Valley WMA, North Unit  

Restored Prairie

This section was seeded in 2014. The seed mix contained a generous amount of wild bergamot.

  Twin Valley WMA, North Unit  

Other Prairie

    Twin Valley WMA, North Unit      






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Bacteria, Viruses, and Other Pathogens

  apical chlorosis of Canada thistle (Pst) (Pseudomonas syringae pv. tagetis)   Pst  



One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Special Concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)


eBird Field Checklist

  Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)   Eastern Kingbird  

Insects and Arachnids


cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

common eastern bumble bee (Bombus impatiens)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

great spangled fritillary (Argynnis cybele)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)


dog day cicada





Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

  plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)   plains pocket gopher  



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


jointed rush (Juncus articulatus)

Special Concern

pleated gentian (Gentiana affinis)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Basin Meadow/Carr WMs92a

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Prairie) MRp83a

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Northwestern Wet-Mesic Aspen Woodland FDw44

Prairie Meadow/Carr WMp73a

Sedge Meadow: Beaked Sedge Subtype WMn82b3

Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83a1

Wet Prairie (Northern) WPn53c

Wet Saline Prairie (Northern) WPn53d

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a



absinthe wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

arctic brome (Bromus kalmii)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

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

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

eastern purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

giant sumpweed (Cyclachaena xanthiifolia)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. viridis)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

hybrid cattail (Typha × glauca)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

moist sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis ssp. uliginosus)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

pussy willow (Salix discolor)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

sandbar willow (Salix interior)

showy goldenrod species complex (Solidago speciosa complex)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

timothy (Phleum pratense ssp. pratense)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)


Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia absinthium (absinthe wormwood)

Artemisia dracunculus (tarragon)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Bromus kalmii (arctic brome)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cyclachaena xanthiifolia (giant sumpweed)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Erigeron canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

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

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense ssp. pratense (timothy)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix discolor (pussy willow)

Salix interior (sandbar willow)

Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa complex (showy goldenrod species complex)

Sonchus arvensis ssp. uliginosus (moist sowthistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve (common smooth blue aster)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha × glauca (hybrid cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)


absinthe wormwood

alsike clover

bird’s-foot trefoil

black-eyed susan

Canadian tick-trefoil

common yarrow

dotted blazing star

eastern purple coneflower

grass-leaved goldenrod

gray-headed coneflower

Maximilian’s sunflower

prairie onion

purple prairie clover

red clover

showy goldenrod

smooth oxeye

stiff goldenrod

wild bergamot






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