John A. Latsch State Park






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1,605 acres statutory, 409 owned




N44 10.327, W91 50.324




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




Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35


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          Winona County  
          Southeast Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


½ mile




No hunting


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

  Ecological Section    

Paleozoic Plateau

  Ecological Subsection    

The Blufflands

  Land Type Association    

Altura Ridgetops

Elba Slopes

Mississippi River Valley


Native Plant Communities*


Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern)

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland

Red Oak - White Oak Forest

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest

Southern Dry Cliff

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest

Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

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

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592 Steps

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The View from the Top

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Exploring John A Latsch State park overlooking the Mississippi




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  Mississippi River @ John Latsch park, Minnesota

Uploaded on May 17, 2010

John Latsch State Park. Minnieska, Minnesota on May 16, 2010

  Canadian Pacific - viewed from a bluff in John Latsch State Park, MN, - 18th October 2013

Published on Feb 28, 2014

Lineside Video Productions presents this scene overlooking the giant Mississippi River of a northbound 'stack' train, which will appear in one of our forthcoming American Railway series of DVD programmes.




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

Special Concern

mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List




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


Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)


Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)


American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Rose-breasted Grosbeak




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


crystal darter (Crystallaria asprella)

Special Concern

bluntnose darter (Etheostoma chlorosoma)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List


Fungi and Lichens


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

  Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)   Black Knot  

Insects and Arachnids


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

  limoniid crane fly (Limonia annulata)   limoniid crane fly (Limonia annulata)  



Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

  whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)   whitetail deer  



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


butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Special Concern

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

American shoreweed (Littorella uniflora)

cutleaf waterparsnip (Berula erecta)

Gray’s sedge (Carex grayi)

green dragon (Arisaema dracontium)

Muskingum sedge (Carex muskingumensis)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Northern) MRn83a

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern) UPs13c

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland FDs38a

Red Oak - White Oak Forest MHs37a

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest MHs37b

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest FFs68a

Southern Dry Cliff CTs12

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak Forest MHs37

Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest MHs49

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs39a



American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American highbush cranberry (Viburnum opulus var. americanum)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

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 mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. pubescens)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum pubescens)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

jeweled shooting star (Primula fassettii)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

late horse gentian (Triosteum perfoliatum)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rosy sedge (Carex rosea)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western blue virgin’s bower (Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

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)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Carex rosea (rosy sedge)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Carya ovata (northern shagbark hickory)

Clematis occidentalis var. occidentalis (western blue virgin’s bower)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polygonatum pubescens (hairy Solomon’s seal)

Primula fassettii (jeweled shooting star)

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 rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Triosteum perfoliatum (late horse gentian)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American highbush cranberry)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Viola pubescens var. pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)


American plum

black cherry


common blue violet

common false Solomon’s seal

eastern false rue anemone

gray dogwood

interrupted fern

northern bedstraw

red baneberry

rue anemone

upright carrionflower

Virginia waterleaf

white rattlesnake root

wild columbine

Canadian wild ginger

wood anemone





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