Banning State Park


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    Pine County
    Central Minnesota

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6,255 acres statutory, 5,225 owned


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N46 10.410, W92 50.976

Hiking Trails

17 miles
1.8 miles interpretive
0.1 miles handicapped accessible

A 1 mile paved bike trail connects the park to The Willard Munger State Trail.


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Western Superior Uplands


Mille Lacs Uplands

Land Type Association(s)

Finlayson Till Plain

Willow River Sand Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Aspen - Birch Forest

Basswood - Black Ash Forest

Black Ash - Silver Maple Terrace Forest

Central Mesic Hardwood Forest (Eastern)

Central Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest

Northern Poor Fen

Northern Rich Alder Swamp

Northern Wet Ash Swamp

Northern Wet Meadow/Carr

Oak - Aspen - Red Maple Forest

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland (Eastcentral Bedrock)

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

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Published on Oct 25, 2013

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The Kettle River in Banning State Park, Sandstone, MN.

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Published on Aug 9, 2012

MN State Park in Sandstone. Great hiking and beautiful scenery!




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Ramona Abrego


Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Common Yellowthroat


Kirk Nelson


Saw some wild turkey tracks in the snow along the Skunk Cabbage Trail next to the Kettle River.


Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)



wood frog (Rana sylvatica)

wood frog


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



Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)


Special concern

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist

eBird Field Checklist (Banning SP)

eBird Field Checklist (Banning State Park)


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Brown-headed Cowbird

Pileated Woodpecker

Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes and Lampreys List

Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungus List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichen List


Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Oat Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae)

Smoky Polypore (Bjerkandera adusta)

True Tinder Polypore (Fomes fomentarius)

Black Knot

Insects and Arachnids

Canadian tiger swallowtail (Papilio canadensis)

common whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)

fifteen-spotted lady beetle (Anatis labiculata)

forest tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma disstria)

four-spotted skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata)

gall midge (Harmandiola cavernosa)

giant crane fly (Tipula abdominalis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod spindle-gall moth (Gnorimoschema gallaesolidaginis)

green-faced clubtail (Hylogomphus viridifrons)

Hobomok skipper (Poanes hobomok)

Illinois river cruiser (Macromia illinoiensis illinoiensis)

linden wart gall midge (Contarinia verrucicola)

little wood satyr (Megisto cymela)

multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis)

northern pearly eye (Lethe anthedon)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

racket-tailed emerald (Dorocordulia libera)

river jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis)

ruby meadowhawk (Sympetrum rubicundulum)

white admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis)

white-striped black (Trichodezia albovittata)

common whitetail

forest tent caterpillar moth

four-spotted skimmer

goldenrod gall fly

little wood satyr

orange sulphur





American black bear (Ursus americanus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American black bear


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



butternut (Juglans cinerea)



black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)

blunt-lobed grapefern (Botrychium oneidense)

bog bluegrass (Poa paludigena)

largebract ticktrefoil (Desmodium cuspidatum var. longifolium)


Special concern

American marsh pennywort (Hydrocotyle americana)

Appalachian clubmoss (Huperzia appalachiana)

creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis)

intermediate sedge (Carex media)

necklace sedge (Carex ormostachya)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Birch Forest FDn43b

Basswood - Black Ash Forest MHc47a

Black Ash - Silver Maple Terrace Forest FFn57a

Central Mesic Hardwood Forest (Eastern) MHc36

Central Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest MHc47

Northern Poor Fen APn91

Northern Rich Alder Swamp FPn73

Northern Wet Ash Swamp WFn55

Northern Wet Meadow/Carr WMn82

Oak - Aspen - Red Maple Forest MHc26a

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland (Eastcentral Bedrock) FDn22d

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a



Allegheny blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

beaked hazel (Corylus cornuta var. cornuta)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

climbing false buckwheat (Fallopia scandens)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common polypody (Polypodium virginianum)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cream pea (Lathyrus ochroleucus)

dotted hawthorn (Crataegus punctata)

downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

early horse-gentian (Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

falsegold groundsel (Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

giant chickweed (Myosoton aquaticum)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata)

hairy honeysuckle (Lonicera hirsuta)

hairy-stem gooseberry (Ribes hirtellum)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

large-thorned hawthorn (Crataegus macracantha)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

nodding chickweed (Cerastium nutans)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

northern bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

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

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

orange hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaca)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

prairie blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium campestre)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

silky dogwood (Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)

small-flowered forget-me-not (Myosotis laxa)

speckled alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white ash (Fraxinus americana)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild oats (Uvularia sessilifolia)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

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)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Alnus incana ssp. rugosa (speckled alder)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amelanchier arborea (downy serviceberry)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (American hog peanut)

Anemone americana (round-lobed hepatica)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax (Parlin’s pussytoes)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

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

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Cerastium nutans (nodding chickweed)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus amomum ssp. obliqua (silky dogwood)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Corylus cornuta var. cornuta (beaked hazel)

Crataegus macracantha (large-thorned hawthorn)

Crataegus punctata (dotted hawthorn)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Diervilla lonicera (northern bush-honeysuckle)

Dioscorea villosa (wild yam)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum fluviatile (water horsetail)

Equisetum sylvaticum (woodland horsetail)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Fallopia scandens (climbing false buckwheat)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus americana (white ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Ilex verticillata (common winterberry)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Juglans cinerea (butternut)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lathyrus ochroleucus (cream pea)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lonicera hirsuta (hairy honeysuckle)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lysimachia borealis (American starflower)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Mollugo verticillata (green carpetweed)

Myosotis laxa (small-flowered forget-me-not)

Myosoton aquaticum (giant chickweed)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Packera pseudaurea var. semicordata (falsegold groundsel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pilosella aurantiaca (orange hawkweed)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polypodium virginianum (common polypody)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Ribes hirtellum (hairy-stem gooseberry)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Sisyrinchium campestre (prairie blue-eyed grass)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Tilia americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Trillium grandiflorum (large-flowered trillium)

Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum (early horse-gentian)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Uvularia sessilifolia (wild oats)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American black currant

American hog peanut (var. bracteata)

American starflower

American vetch (var. americana)

black cherry


blue cohosh

bur oak

Canada anemone

Canada mayflower

common false Solomon’s seal

common mullein

common yarrow

early meadow rue

eastern prickly gooseberry

golden alexanders


large-flowered bellwort

large-flowered trillium

Morrow’s honeysuckle

northern bedstraw

orange hawkweed

oxeye daisy

prairie rose

red baneberry

red clover

silky dogwood

spotted touch-me-not

spotted water hemlock

spreading dogbane

Virginia waterleaf

white clover

wild columbine

wild geranium

woodland strawberry

yellow wood sorrel


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