Hampton Woods WMA




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Hampton Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Dakota County is one of Minnesota’s newest WMAs. Designated on July 14, 2017, it came about through the collaborative efforts of the Minnesota DNR, Dakota County, Friends of the Mississippi River, and local landowners. It provides protection for the largest contiguous oak forest and one of the largest remaining wooded areas in Dakota County. Surrounded by mostly farm land, it is the only forest for miles and provides critical habitat for migrating birds. The Minnesota Biological Survey gives most of this WMA an Outstanding Biodiversity Significance rank.




Hampton Woods Wildlife Management Area was designated on 7/14/2017. An additional 7.02-acre parcel was added in 2018.












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197.45 acres




There is a parking lot with designated spots for eight vehicles. Do not park along the entryway drive or on the road.

N44 37.664, W93 1.953


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Hiking Trails


There are a few old forest roads in the site.

A six-foot corridor has been cleared of trees and shrubs mostly following the boundary of the WMA.




Deer, Small Game, Forest Upland Birds, Turkey, Doves

New for 2019…Only shotguns with fine shot (BBB or smaller diameter) may be used. There is a 500 ft. "No Hunting or Trapping" zone along the northern boundary and an additional 200 ft. zone along the southern boundary of this WMA. All weapons must be unloaded and cased within these zones. This WMA is open for archery deer hunting and spring/fall turkey hunting. Small game may be taken through November 30th, 2019. All trappers and predator hunters must, regardless of furbearers taken, obtain a permit from the area manager.

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


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province     Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province    
  Ecological Section     Paleozoic Plateau    
  Ecological Subsection     Rochester Plateau    
  Land Type Association     HamptonTill Plain    

Native Plant Communities*


Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

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

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4/17/2020   5/17/2021            



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

Special Concern Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

eBird Field Checklist


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)


Blue Jay

Canada Goose

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

White-breasted Nuthatch


Fungi and Lichens


Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

bracket fungus (Trametes pubescens)

Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)

Dryad’s Saddle (Cerioporus squamosus)

False Turkey Tail (Stereum ostrea)

firedot lichen (Caloplaca sp.)

Milk-white Toothed Polypore (Irpex lacteus)

Pear-shaped Puffball (Apioperdon pyriforme)

Phomopsis gall on hickory (Phomopsis spp.)

Smooth Patch (Aleurodiscus oakesii)

Thin-Walled Maze Polypore (Daedaleopsis confragosa)


Artist’s Conk

Milk-white Toothed Polypore

Thin-Walled Maze Polypore


Insects and Arachnids


elm finger gall mite (Aceria parulmi)

plum finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

red nail gall mite (Eriophyes tiliae)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)

  western honey bee  



American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer  



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


largebract ticktrefoil (Desmodium cuspidatum var. longifolium)

Special Concern

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c



American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American gromwell (Lithospermum latifolium)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

American woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

baneberry (Actaea spp.)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

bluntleaf sandwort (Moehringia lateriflora)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

dodder (Cuscuta spp.)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern star sedge (Carex radiata)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

Illinois carrion flower (Smilax illinoensis)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large yellow lady’s slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

late horse gentian (Triosteum perfoliatum)

long-beaked sedge (Carex sprengelii)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

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)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

rosy sedge (Carex rosea)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

spinulose wood fern (Dryopteris carthusiana)

stiff cowbane (Oxypolis rigidior)

touch-me-not (Impatiens spp.)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus var. intonsus)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea spp. (baneberry)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia (wood anemone)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

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

Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Carex radiata (eastern star sedge)

Carex rosea (rosy sedge)

Carex sprengelii (long-beaked sedge)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Cuscuta spp. (dodder)

Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens (large yellow lady’s slipper)

Dryopteris carthusiana (spinulose wood fern)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (American woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Impatiens spp. (touch-me-not)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lathyrus venosus var. intonsus (veiny pea)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lithospermum latifolium (American gromwell)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Moehringia lateriflora (bluntleaf sandwort)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Oxypolis rigidior (stiff cowbane)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ranunculus hispidus (bristly buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax illinoensis (Illinois carrion flower)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Triosteum perfoliatum (late horse gentian)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis (American stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viola pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)


American woodland strawberry

black cherry

black raspberry


blue cohosh

bristly buttercup

Canada moonseed

common blue violet

common false Solomon’s seal

common mullein

cut-leaved toothwort

eastern false rue anemone

interrupted fern


large yellow lady’s slipper

large-flowered bellwort

Missouri gooseberry

Pennsylvania sedge

red elderberry

rue anemone

Virginia waterleaf

wild columbine

wild geranium

wild strawberry






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