Vetsch Park

La Crescent, MN

 
     
 
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Vetsch Park is the second largest park in La Crescent Minnesota. At one time the location was an apple orchard. The owner donated the 25 acres to the City of La Crescent, and the park is named after him.

There is a parking area at the end of N. 2nd St. A short mowed trail leads west from the parking area, past a dog walking area, to a 0.52-mile loop trail. The loop trail passes through a red oak - white oak - silver maple forest as it climbs a steep bluff, follows a ridge line, and returns to the parking area. There are also several other intersecting trails within and south of the park. One of these trails leads to Stoney Point, a bald area with a spectacular view of La Crescent and the Mississippi River. The narrow ridge and steep bluff is characteristic of the topography of the driftless area in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

 
     
 

History

 
 

At one time the location was an apple orchard. The owner donated the 25 acres to the City of La Crescent, and the park is named after him.

 
     
 

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Size

 
 

25 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

722 N 2nd St.
La Crescent, MN 55947

N43 49.872, W91 18.882

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

6:00am to 10:00pm

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

No fee

 
         
 

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          Houston County  
          Southeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

0.52-mile loop trail

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province     Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province    
  Ecological Section     Paleozoic Plateau    
  Ecological Subsection     The Blufflands    
  Land Type Association     Brownsville Slopes    
             
 

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

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Looking back towards parking at the end of N. 2nd St.

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The view from near Stoney Point in Vetsch Park towards Eagles Bluff Park. The “bald spot” is the La Crescent Lookout on Eagles Bluff.

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Looking east at Stoney Point with La Crescent in the foreground and off in the distance is La Crosse, WI.

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Plants

 
 

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

lyre-leaved rock cress (Arabidopsis lyrata ssp. lyrata)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

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Created: 4/30/2022

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