Two Rivers Aspen Parkland SNA


Area and County

    Roseau County
    Northwest Minnesota

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1,400 acres


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N48 39.561, W96 20.647

Hiking Trails

There are no maintained trails. The maintained snowmobile trail mentioned by the DNR on their Web page for this site is the Pelan Trail/Roseau Trailblazers/BISF #1 Trail. It is adjacent to the eastern boundary of the SNA. It does not pass through the site.


All hunting. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

Ecological Classification Province  

Tallgrass Aspen Parklands

Ecological Classification

Lake Agassiz, Aspen Parklands


Aspen Parklands

Land Type Association(s)

Beach Ridges

Bronson Lake Plain

Duxby Lake Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Aspen - Oak Woodland Complex

Green Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest

Parkland Brush Prairie - Wetland Complex

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Minnesota DNR


The eastern edge of this SNA is mostly dense aspen forest. In the interior, areas of wet prairie are interspersed with and surrounded by dense aspen woods and willow thicket.








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


Special concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist


Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Sandhill Crane
Insects and Arachnids

great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

great spangled fritillary

eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

eastern cottontail

One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and one species on the watch list are found here:


Special concern

pleated gentian (Gentiana affinis)


Watch list

hair-like sedge (Carex capillaris)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Green Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest MHw36a



American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

brittlestem hempnettle (Galeopsis tetrahit)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Cooper’s milkvetch (Astragalus neglectus)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

cylindric blazing star (Liatris cylindracea)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

great water dock (Rumex britannica)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

hooded ladies’ tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

inland serviceberry (Amelanchier interior)

Kalm’s lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)

lesser fringed gentian (Gentianopsis virgata ssp. virgata)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern plains blazing star (Liatris ligulistylis)

pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)

pleated gentian (Gentiana affinis)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

scarlet Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea f. lutescens)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda)

silverberry (Elaeagnus commutata)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

silverweed (Argentina anserina)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata var. maculata)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)

woundwort (Stachys pilosa var. arenicola)


Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Amelanchier interior (inland serviceberry)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Argentina anserina (silverweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Astragalus neglectus (Cooper’s milkvetch)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Castilleja coccinea f. lutescens (scarlet Indian paintbrush)

Cicuta maculata var. maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda (shrubby cinquefoil)

Doellingeria umbellata (flat-topped aster)

Elaeagnus commutata (silverberry)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Euthamia graminifolia var. graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galeopsis tetrahit (brittlestem hempnettle)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana affinis (pleated gentian)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Gentianopsis virgata ssp. virgata (lesser fringed gentian)

Glycyrrhiza lepidota (wild licorice)

Helianthus giganteus (giant sunflower)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris cylindracea (cylindric blazing star)

Liatris ligulistylis (northern plains blazing star)

Lobelia kalmii (Kalm’s lobelia)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Pedicularis lanceolata (swamp betony)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)

Prunus pensylvanica (pin cherry)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex britannica (great water dock)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Spiranthes romanzoffiana (hooded ladies’ tresses)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Stachys pilosa var. arenicola (woundwort)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

black-eyed susan

bottle gentian

common strawberry

Cooper’s milkvetch

Culver’s root

fringed loosestrife

gray dogwood

lesser fringed gentian (ssp. virgata)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet

New England aster

northern bedstraw

prairie onion

silvery cinquefoil

spotted water hemlock

tall meadow rue

wild licorice




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