Vermillion Highlands

               
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Area and County

Dakota County

 

 

 


Size

2,822 acres

 
 
Maps

Lone Rock Trail Map (U of M)

Vermillion River Complex (MN DNR)

 
Parking

Trailhead
N44 41.801, W93 4.906

 
Hiking Trails

Lone Rock Trail: 12¼ miles

Hikers share the trail with horses.

Horses and hikers are asked to stay on the trail to protect the natural vegetation.

 
Hunting

Turkey, pheasant, goose, deer, and trapping.

See Vermillion Highlands Research Recreation & WMA Hunting Information (MN DNR) for details.


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Oak Savanna

Land Type Association(s)

Coates Sand Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1 Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland

Ownership Minnesota DNR logo  
 
Links

Minnesota DNR

University of Minnesota


Comments

This site is adjacent to UMore Park. It is jointly managed as a research facility by the University of Minnesota and as a state wildlife management area by the Minnesota DNR.


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4/320/2013

   

 

 

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Amphibians

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

 


Birds

One tracked bird species has been seen here:

 

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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea)

American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

American Robin

Blue Jay

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown Thrasher

Canada Goose

European Starling

Mourning Dove

Song Sparrow

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey


Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

False Tinder Fungus (Phellinus igniarius)

False Tinder Fungus


Insects and Arachnids

convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

mourning cloak


Mammals

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American red squirrel


Plants

One plant species on the watch list is found here:

 

Watch list

honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland FDs37b

 
 

black cherry

blue vervain

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

common mullein

hoary vervain

northern prickly ash

pussy willow

Queen Anne’s Lace

rough-fruited cinquefoil

white clover


 

 

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