Wild River State Park

 

 

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Ownership

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Overview

 

 

History

 

 

Management

 

 

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Location

Size

6,756 acres statutory, 6,572 owned

 

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  Area and County
    County   Chisago County
    Region   Central Minnesota

Parking

39797 Park Trail
Center City, MN 55012

N45 31.135, W92 44.172

 

Hours

Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

 

Fees

Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35

 

Maps

Park and campground maps
Activities

Hiking

Biking

Birdwatching

Nature photography

Picnicking

Camping

Cross country skiing

Skate-skiing

Snowshoeing

Backpacking

Boating

Canoeing

Horseback riding

 

Trails

Wheelchair accessible

3 miles

Boardwalk

XX mile

Hiking

Over 30 miles

Winter hiking

5 miles

Paved bike

3 miles

Horse

20 miles

Cross country skiing

19 miles groomed

Skate-skiing

6 miles

Snowshoe

5 miles on trails packed for snowshoeing

Anywhere else in park except groomed ski trails

 

Hunting and Fishing

No hunting. The park may hold one or more managed hunts in the fall.

In most cases, Minnesota residents do not need a permit to fish in Minnesota State Parks.

Ecology

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

 
Ecological Section Ecological Section  

Southern Superior Uplands
Western Superior Uplands

 
Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

Mille Lacs Uplands
St. Croix Moraine

 
Land Type Association    

Almelund Moraine

Frederic Knolls

St. Croix Terraces

 
         

Native Plant Communities*

 

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Basswood - Black Ash Forest

Black Ash - (Red Maple) Seepage Swamp

Dry Sand - Gravel Oak Savanna (Southern)

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Northern Bulrush - Spikerush Marsh

Northern Wet Meadow / Carr

Oak - Aspen Woodland

Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till)

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Large-Flowered Trillium) Forest

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest

Tamarack Swamp (Southern)

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

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

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Gravel Prairie (Southern), March

  Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous till)

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Amador Prairie

  Oak Savanna Restoration
     
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Paved Part of Mitigwaki Loop

 

 

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Windfall Trail

   

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A spring trek into Wild River SP can be exhilarating

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Park Entrance

  St. Croix River Overlook
     
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Wild River State Park Fall 2012
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Fall colors in Wild River State Park, Minnesota.

Images captured on Pentax K-r, Pentax and Sigma lenses, Cokin Filters.

Images edited in Raw Therapee, Corel Paintshop Pro. Slideshow created in Magix Photostory.

Music: Estudios Sencillos XVIII, Ricardo Cobo

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Hitting The Trails - Wild River State Park
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Jun 10, 2021

This week we ventured northeast of the Twin Cities to Wild River State Park in Chisago County.

It's located on 18 miles of the St. Croix River with 6,000 acres to explore!

Wild River State Park - MN - November 2017
A Year In Camping

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Nov 27, 2017

Decided to do a overnighter in the middle of November to test out some gear. Trying out a Two Hammock, Two Tree set up. Using Beetle Buckles from Dutchware Gear. We did a leisurely hike into the Deer Creek backpack site at Wild River State Park.

With a little work we got the two hammocks set up side by side using only two trees. The spreader bar worked great pushing the head ends of the hammocks far enough away from each other.

We noted that it is important to have the foot end and head end about equal to get a smoother hang with the double set up. This limits the amount of rocking back and forth. We also hung the hammocks slightly higher than normal if you were hanging solo to accommodate for the drop on both sides when only one person is in it. Overall a great set up, we will continue to incorporate it into our hangs in the future.

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Wild River State Park, MN
Steve Sanders

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Video clips of wildlife from a spring camping trip along the St. Croix River. Beaver, woodpecker, geese and other wildlife can be seen. Music by Schneb ley Stlyes.

Late Winter at Wild River State Park
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A cross country ski tour of Wild River State Park on the Minnesota side of the St Croix River. Taken first week of March, 2011. Includes swans at Nevers Dam; beaver dam and winter camp site at Deer Creek.

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Collette Adkins

Insects and Arachnids

eastern giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)    

Kirk Nelson

Birds

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)   Wild Turkey

Insects and Arachnids

red-blue checkered beetle (Trichodes nutalli)

silvery checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)

  silvery checkerspot

Wayne Rasmussen

Birds

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)   Canada Goose

Christa Rittberg

Reptiles

eastern hognose snake (Heterodon platirhinos)

bull snake (Pituophis catenifer sayi)

  eastern hognose snake
MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings

Visits

7/31/2011

Amphibians

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

Birds

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

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist (Complete)

eBird Field Checklist (Boat Ramp)

eBird Field Checklist (Campground)

eBird Field Checklist (Nevers Dam)

eBird Field Checklist (Picnic Area)

eBird Field Checklist (River Terrace Loop)

eBird Field Checklist (River Trail)

eBird Field Checklist (Sunrise Landing)

eBird Field Checklist (Visitor Center)

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

 

American Goldfinch

Black-capped Chickadee

Mourning Dove

Fishes

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

Special Concern

gilt darter (Percina evides)

lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)

southern brook lamprey (Ichthyomyzon gagei)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 

Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

  Artist’s Conk

Insects and Arachnids

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

cherry-faced meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum)

common whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern tailed-blue (Cupido comyntas)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

gray comma (Polygonia progne)

great spangled fritillary (Argynnis cybele)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

hummingbird clearwing (Hemaris thysbe)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

 

common whitetail

eastern tailed-blue

great spangled fritillary

twelve-spotted skimmer

widow skimmer

Mammals

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer

Plants

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

Endangered

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Threatened

American witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

bog bluegrass (Poa paludigena)

kittentails (Veronica bullii)

seaside three-awn (Aristida tuberculosa)

Special Concern

American marsh pennywort (Hydrocotyle americana)

blue toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis)

Canada frostweed (Crocanthemum canadense)

least moonwort (Botrychium simplex)

nodding wild onion (Allium cernuum var. cernuum)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Basswood - Black Ash Forest MHc47a

Black Ash - (Red Maple) Seepage Swamp WFn57a

Dry Sand - Gravel Oak Savanna (Southern) UPs14ab

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

Northern Bulrush - Spikerush Marsh MRn93

Northern Wet Meadow / Carr

Oak - Aspen Woodland FDc25b

Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till) MHc36a

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Large-Flowered Trillium) Forest MHc26b

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest FFs68a

Tamarack Swamp (Southern) FPs63a

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

   

 

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American germander (Teucrium canadense var. canadense)

American hazelnut (Corylus americana)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spikenard (Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

arumleaf arrowhead (Sagittaria cuneata)

Bell’s honeysuckle (Lonicera × bella)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

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

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

blite goosefoot (Chenopodium capitatum)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea canadensis)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

butter and eggs (Linaria vulgaris)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)

Canadian tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

Cleland’s evening primrose (Oenothera clelandii)

clustered black snakeroot (Sanicula odorata)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common hop (Humulus lupulus)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common oat (Avena sativa)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)

common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

Deptford pink (Dianthus armeria ssp. armeria)

desert false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

drooping trillium (Trillium flexipes)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

elm-leaved goldenrod (Solidago ulmifolia var. ulmifolia)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

giant foxtail (Setaria faberi)

glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. viridis)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

hairy puccoon (Lithospermum caroliniense var. croceum)

hairy sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus)

hairy vetch (Vicia villosa ssp. villosa)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indian tobacco (Lobelia inflata)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack pine (Pinus banksiana)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

large-flowered beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

limber honeysuckle (Lonicera dioica)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

long-bearded hawkweed (Hieracium longipilum)

long-spine sandbur (Cenchrus longispinus)

lowland hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

nodding wild onion (Allium cernuum var. cernuum)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paleleaf woodland sunflower (Helianthus strumosus)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Hylodesmum glutinosum)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides)

prairie ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

prairie spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis var. occidentalis)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rabbit’s foot clover (Trifolium arvense)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough false pennyroyal (Hedeoma hispida)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

silky prairie clover (Dalea villosa var. villosa)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

smooth rose (Rosa blanda var. blanda)

soft wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa var. mollis)

spotted beebalm (Monarda punctata var. villicaulis)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

Standley’s goosefoot (Chenopodium standleyanum)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

sundial lupine (Lupinus perennis var. perennis)

sweet Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

timothy (Phleum pratense ssp. pratense)

tower mustard (Turritis glabra)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white vervain (Verbena urticifolia)

white-flowered leafcup (Polymnia canadensis)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

Wood’s rose (Rosa woodsii var. woodsii)

woolly plantain (Plantago patagonica)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Agastache foeniculum (blue giant hyssop)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Allium cernuum var. cernuum (nodding wild onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amorpha fruticosa (desert false indigo)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (lowland hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Anemone americana (round-lobed hepatica)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa (American spikenard)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Avena sativa (common oat)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Cenchrus longispinus (long-spine sandbur)

Chenopodium capitatum (blite goosefoot)

Chenopodium standleyanum (Standley’s goosefoot)

Circaea canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazelnut)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Dalea villosa var. villosa (silky prairie clover)

Desmodium canadense (Canadian tick-trefoil)

Dianthus armeria ssp. armeria (Deptford pink)

Dioscorea villosa (wild yam)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Elymus hystrix (eastern bottlebrush grass)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Eutrochium purpureum (sweet Joe Pye weed)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Frangula alnus (glossy buckthorn)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Hedeoma hispida (rough false pennyroyal)

Helianthus hirsutus (hairy sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Helianthus strumosus (paleleaf woodland sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily)

Heterotheca villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Hieracium longipilum (long-bearded hawkweed)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Humulus lupulus (common hop)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hylodesmum glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort)

Juglans cinerea (butternut)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs)

Lithospermum caroliniense var. croceum (hairy puccoon)

Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco)

Lonicera × bella (Bell’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera dioica (limber honeysuckle)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

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

Lupinus perennis var. perennis (sundial lupine)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Monarda fistulosa var. mollis (soft wild bergamot)

Monarda punctata var. villicaulis (spotted beebalm)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oenothera clelandii (Cleland’s evening primrose)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Penstemon grandiflorus (large-flowered beardtongue)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phleum pratense ssp. pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Phryma leptostachya (American lopseed)

Pinus banksiana (jack pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine)

Plantago patagonica (woolly plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polymnia canadensis (white-flowered leafcup)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris (common self-heal)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Rosa blanda var. blanda (smooth rose)

Rosa woodsii var. woodsii (Wood’s rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sagittaria cuneata (arumleaf arrowhead)

Sambucus canadensis (American elderberry)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Sanicula odorata (clustered black snakeroot)

Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Setaria faberi (giant foxtail)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago ptarmicoides (prairie goldenrod)

Solidago ulmifolia var. ulmifolia (elm-leaved goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense var. canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tradescantia occidentalis var. occidentalis (prairie spiderwort)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Trillium flexipes (drooping trillium)

Trillium grandiflorum (large-flowered trillium)

Turritis glabra (tower mustard)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis (American stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Vernonia fasciculata ssp. fasciculata (prairie ironweed)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Vicia villosa ssp. villosa (hairy vetch)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

American elderberry

American germander

American hazelnut

American plum

big bluestem

black bindweed

black cherry

black raspberry

black-eyed Susan

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

butterfly weed

butter and eggs

Canadian tick-trefoil

chokecherry

Cleland’s evening primrose

common hop

common mullein

common St. Johnswort

common yarrow

Culver’s root

cut-leaved coneflower

downy phlox

field thistle

giant foxtail

hairy puccoon

common self-heal (ssp. vulgaris)

large-flowered bellwort

large-flowered trillium

leadplant

nodding wild onion

northern bedstraw

orange daylily

poke milkweed

prairie coreopsis

prairie ironweed

prairie spiderwort

purple prairie clover

red baneberry

round-headed bush clover

sharp-lobed hepatica

stiff sunflower (ssp. subrhomboideus)

sundial lupine

tall cinquefoil

purple meadow-rue

western poison ivy leaves

white prairie clover

white snakeroot

whorled milkweed

wild columbine

wild geranium

woodland strawberry

yellow goat’s beard

yellow marsh marigold

yellow wood sorrel

Reptiles

Two reptile species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Threatened

Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

Special Concern

bull snake (Pituophis catenifer sayi)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

     

 

 

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Bull snakes

The prairie portion of this park has the largest population of bull snakes in the state.

 

 

 

 

Plant diversity

An amazing 625 plant species have been recorded in Wild River State Park, including 10 species with conservation status in Minnesota.

 

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