Two Rivers Aspen Parkland SNA






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1,400 acres




N48 39.561, W96 20.647


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          Roseau County  
          Northwest Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


There are no maintained trails. The Pelan Trail/Roseau Trailblazers/BISF #1 Trail is adjacent to the eastern boundary of the SNA.




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


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Tallgrass Aspen Parklands

  Ecological Section    

Lake Agassiz, Aspen Parklands

  Ecological Subsection    

Aspen Parklands

  Land Type Association    

Beach Ridges

Bronson Lake Plain

Duxby Lake Plain


Native Plant Communities*


Aspen - Oak Woodland Complex

Green Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest

Parkland Brush Prairie - Wetland Complex

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

Natural Features








Waterproof footwear recommended

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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Two Rivers Aspen Parkland Prairie SNA
  Two Rivers Aspen Parkland Prairie SNA  

"Two Rivers" is a reference to the Two Rivers River, a tributary of the Red River which—despite its name—has not two but three branches. This vast, 1400-acre SNA lies within a bend of the river's South Branch in Roseau County.




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  Two River Aspen Parkland Scientific and Natural Area Virtual Hike
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Dec 7, 2020

"Two Rivers" is a reference to the Two Rivers River, a tributary of the Red River which—despite its name—has not two but three branches. This vast, 1400-acre SNA lies within a bend of the river's South Branch in Roseau County. The site is a mix of aspen forest and woodland, brush prairie and wet prairie known collectively as aspen parkland.




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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 (Ammospiza nelsoni)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist


Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

  Sandhill Crane  

Insects and Arachnids


One insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:


Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List


great spangled fritillary (Argynnis cybele)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

  great spangled fritillary  


  eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)   eastern cottontail  



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

Special Concern

pleated gentian (Gentiana affinis)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Green Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest MHw36a



American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American hazelnut (Corylus americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

blue lettuce (Lactuca pulchella)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

brittlestem hempnettle (Galeopsis tetrahit)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone (Anemonastrum canadense)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Cooper’s milkvetch (Astragalus neglectus)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

cylindric blazing star (Liatris cylindracea)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

great water dock (Rumex britannica)

hooded ladies’ tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

inland serviceberry (Amelanchier interior)

intermediate bellflower (Campanula intercedens)

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)

perennial sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)

pleated gentian (Gentiana affinis)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

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)

shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda)

silverberry (Elaeagnus commutata)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

silverweed (Argentina anserina ssp. anserina)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata var. maculata)

swamp betony (Pedicularis lanceolata)

tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum)

timothy (Phleum pratense ssp. 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)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

woundwort (Stachys pilosa var. arenicola)


Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Amelanchier interior (inland serviceberry)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemonastrum canadense (Canada anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Argentina anserina ssp. anserina (silverweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Astragalus neglectus (Cooper’s milkvetch)

Campanula intercedens (intermediate_bellflower)

Castilleja coccinea (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 hazelnut)

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 (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Fragaria virginiana (wild 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 pulchella (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 ssp. 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 (perennial 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 (purple 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

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

purple meadow-rue

silvery cinquefoil

spotted water hemlock

wild licorice

wild strawberry







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