Cannon River Turtle Preserve SNA

 

 

     
 
About
 
 

Ownership

 
 

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Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

 

 
     
 

Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

Comments

 
 

 

 
     
 
Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

Detail map (MN DNR)

 
         
 

Printable Map(s) with GPS coordinates

 
 

Complete

 

 

 
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East Section

 

West Section

 
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Size

 
 

909 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

Cannon Valley Bike Trail parking lot
(access to area south of Cannon River)
N44 34.459, W92 38.529

Circle Drive pull off
(access to area north of Cannon River)
N44 34.522, W92 41.330

Cannon River Public Water Access
(access to area south of Cannon River)
N44 34.866, W92 39.320

 
         
 

Driving Directions

  Area and County  
 

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          Goodhue County  
          Southeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

The Cannon River Bike Trail runs alongside this SNA. There are no other hiking trails.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

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

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Paleozoic Plateau

   
  Ecological Subsection    

The Blufflands

   
  Land Type Association    

Altura Ridgetops

Cannon River Valley

Elba Slopes

HamptonTill Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland

Red Oak - White Oak Forest

Sand Beach/Sandbar (River): Permanent Stream Subtype

Silver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest

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

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can be thick in the summer. DEET is highly recommended.

           
 
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Cannon River

 
    Cannon River Turtle Preserve      
           
 

Cannon Valley Bike Trail

 
    Cannon Valley Bike Trail      

 

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  Cannon River Turtle Preserve SNA  
 
About

This site was protected largely in the interest of securing critical habitat for the state-threatened wood turtle, which prefers small, fast moving streams in forests with grassy meadows on the banks and raised sandbars for nesting.

 

 

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Visits

4/21/2006                
 
 

Amphibians

 
  boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)   boreal chorus frog  
 

Birds

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

 

American Robin

Blue Jay

Brown-headed Cowbird

Canada Goose

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

 
 

Mammals

 
 

American beaver (Castor canadensis)

northern raccoon (Procyon lotor)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  American beaver  
 

Plants

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern) UPs13c

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland FDs38a

Red Oak - White Oak Forest MHs37a

Sand Beach/Sandbar (River): Permanent Stream Subtype RVx32b2

Silver Maple - Green Ash - Cottonwood Terrace Forest FFs59a

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest FFs68a

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs39a

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest MHs39b

     
   

Canada anemone

Dutchman’s breeches

eastern false rue anemone

large-flowered bellwort

lyre-leaved rock cress

sharp-lobed hepatica

wild ginger

 
 

Reptiles

 
 

One reptile species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Threatened

wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

 
 

painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

  painted turtle  

 

 

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Bald Eagles

In the spring of 2006 a pair of Bald Eagles nested on the site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Turtle

Wood turtles can be seen on the sand bars in the river, which are off-limits to visitors.


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