Gustafson’s Camp SNA

 

 

     
 
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Size

 
 

185 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

An unnamed forest road leads 2.1 miles south from Stoney Corners Trail to a parking area for this SNA. It is a winding, two-rut road, wet in spots and is crossed by a narrow stream at one point. Vehicles without 4-wheel drive should have no problem.

Unnamed Forest Road (Turnoff)
N48 33.158, W94 53.370

Parking
N48 31.623, W94 53.059

 
         
 

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          Lake of the Woods County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

According to the MN DNR Website, there are no maintained trails. The key word here is "maintained." The main trail leads from the parking area west 0.8 miles to a small clearing 200 yards short of the western boundary of the site. It is a wide trail and there are no shrubs or trees growing on it. It had not been mowed in the spring of 2013 and was blocked at several points by wind thrown trees and drooping branches.

There are two side trails accessed from the main trail. The first one is 0.1 mile from the parking area. It is similar in width and condition to the main trail. A 0.4 mile long loop, it leads through some spectacular old growth pines, past a deer enclosure, and back to the main trail. It rejoins the main trail .04 miles from the parking area.

A second side trail leads south 0.2 miles to the southern boundary of the site. This trail is no more than a narrow footpath through a cedar swamp. It should not be missed. Visitors will have to step carefully to avoid numerous, water-filled, 1 to 4 wide pools, but waterproof footwear is not needed.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

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

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Northern Minnesota & Ontario Peatlands

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Agassiz Lowlands

   
  Land Type Association    

Beltrami-Pine Island Ridges

Rapid River Till Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Not mapped (10/11/2021)

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

Natural Features

     
 

Boreal hardwood-conifer forest, aspen forest, old-growth red and white pine, cedar swamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosquito headnet recommended

Visitors may want to stop at the turnoff to the unnamed forest road and apply DEET. They will be greeted at the parking area by scores of deer flies and horseflies, and in the forest by uncountable mosquitoes. On my visit in June the flies did not bite (possibly deterred by a liberal application of DEET) and did not follow me into the forest. The mosquito head net I brought was not needed.

 

 

 

 

GPS recommended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waterproof footwear recommended

For venturing into the cedar swamp portion of this SNA waterproof footwear is recommended.

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Stoney Corners Trail

 
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Unnamed Forest Road

 
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Parking

 
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Start of Trail

 
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Main Trail

 
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Loop Trail

 
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Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forest

 
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Cedar Swamp

 
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Amphibians

 
  wood frog (Rana sylvatica)   wood frog  
 

Birds

 
 

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

Special Concern

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

  Blue Jay  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

deer fly (Chrysops sp.)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

snowberry clearwing (Hemaris diffinis)

  eastern tiger swallowtail  
 

Mammals

 
  whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)   whitetail deer  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Threatened

ram’s head lady’s slipper (Cypripedium arietinum)

Special Concern

northern oak fern (Gymnocarpium robertianum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

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American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spikenard (Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa)

American starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cream pea (Lathyrus ochroleucus)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

gaywings (Polygala paucifolia)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

mountain maple (Acer spicatum)

northern blue flag (Iris versicolor)

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

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly tree clubmoss (Dendrolycopodium dendroideum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rose twisted-stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

 

Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer spicatum (mountain maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa (American spikenard)

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

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Dendrolycopodium dendroideum (prickly tree clubmoss)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Iris versicolor (northern blue flag)

Lathyrus ochroleucus (cream pea)

Lysimachia borealis (American starflower)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (cinnamon fern)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Polygala paucifolia (gaywings)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes (rose twisted-stalk)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

 

American starflower

American vetch (var. americana)

bluebead lily

bunchberry

Canada anemone

common yarrow

fragrant bedstraw

prairie rose

red baneberry

red clover

red osier dogwood

white clover

wild columbine

yellow marsh marigold

 

 

 

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