Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA

Kellogg Weaver Unit






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Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA consists of two disconnected units on a terrace above the Mississippi River. The 592-acre section to the south (Weaver Dunes Unit) is owned by the Nature Conservancy. The McCarthy Lake WMA is adjacent to both sections, east of Wabasha County Road 84. Weaver Bottoms is four miles south on US Highway 61.
















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  Kellogg Weaver Unit  
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204 acres




Designated parking for this unit is the parking lot for McCarthy Lake WMA. It is on the west side of Wabasha County Road 84. Kellogg Weaver Unit is on the east side.

N44 16.667, W91 56.451


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          Wabasha County  
          Southeast Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


There are no maintained trails. The Mississippi River Trail (MRT) is adjacent to the west boundary of this unit. The MRT is a 3,000 plus mile long bicycle trail stretching from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to Venice, LA. This section of the MRT is on Wabasha County Road 84.




Deer only. 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    

The Blufflands

  Land Type Association    

Mississippi River Valley


Native Plant Communities*


Dry Barrens Prairie (Southern)

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

Natural Features







What’s in a Name?

The correct name for any Scientific and Natural Area (SNA) is whatever the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) calls it in the information sources available to the public. In 2005, and as recently as 2013, that name for this site was “Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA,” with a hyphen between “Kellogg” and “Weaver”. The hyphenated name appeared on the DNR Web site, on the wood-routed and interpretive signs on the site, and in the GIS files distributed by the DNR. The DNR Commissioner’s Orders related to the site (no. 64 and others), and possibly also the order creating it in 1982 (no. 23), used the name “Kellogg Weaver,” without the hyphen. The DNR has recently changed the Web site and GIS files, removing the hyphen. learned of this change and did the same in 2018.

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Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA

  Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA  

At Kellogg-Weaver Dunes, the Paleozoic Plateau is jumping, literally and figuratively. Iridescent jumping spiders; rare Ottoe skipper and regal frittilary butterflies; newly discovered, as yet unnamed species of microlepidoptera (tiny moths of the genus Filatima); researchers radio-tracking snakes, the daily summer show of rough-seeded fameflowers opening their small, pink blossoms for a few hours each afternoon; ragged vees of trumpeter swans migrating overhead, sweeping views across a terrace above the Mississippi with the state's greatest expanse of imperiled dry barrens prairie and savanna-and these do not even include the attribute for which this SNA is perhaps best known.

Zumbro Bottoms and Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA, Minnesota, 11.07.2009
D. S. Hałas
  Zumbro Bottoms and Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA, Minnesota, 11.07.2009  

On the 11th of July, my friend Alexi and I travelled to Zumbro Bottoms in the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest, and to Kellogg-Weaver Dunes and Weaver Dunes Scientific and Natural Areas, both of which are in Wabasha County in southeastern Minnesota.




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  Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA
Dale Bohlke

Sep 6, 2018

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes but the Mississippi Valley is often overlooked unique topography like these sand dunes. These unique features are fun to explore and almost transport you to a different state. Filmed with permission from the Scientific and Natural Area Program. You by myuu Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Music provided by Music for Creators

  Kellogg-Weaver Dunes Scientific and Natural Area Virtual Hike
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Apr 2, 2020

Strap on those boots. It’s time for a hike. Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA in the Mississippi River Valley hosts sweeping views of the state's greatest expanse of dry barrens prairie and savanna. Birds swoop overhead and critters scurry across the dunes. There’s sure a lot to see.

  Kellogg & Weaver Dunes
Various Artists - Topic

Published on Nov 7, 2015

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woolly beachheather (Hudsonia tomentosa)

  woolly beachheather  




  northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)   northern leopard frog  



Three bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen on at least one of the units of this SNA:


Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Special Concern

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)


eBird Field Checklist (Headquarters)

eBird Field Checklist (North)

eBird Field Checklist (South)


American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)


American Robin

Blue Jay

Mourning Dove


Fungi and Lichens


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List


Insects and Arachnids


Three insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen on at least one of the units of this SNA:


Ottoe skipper (Hesperia ottoe)

Special Concern

Apache Jumping Spider (Phidippus apacheanus)

regal fritillary (Argynnis idalia)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List


American lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

common green darner (Anax junius)

clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)

deer fly (Chrysops sp.)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americana)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

regal fritillary (Argynnis idalia)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)


American lady

clouded sulphur

Halloween pennant

orange sulphur




One mammal species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen on at least one of the units of this SNA:

Special Concern

plains pocket mouse (Perognathus flavescens)


plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer  



Fifteen plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found on at least one of the units of this SNA:


slender dayflower (Commelina erecta)

winter bentgrass (Agrostis hyemalis)


clasping milkweed (Asclepias amplexicaulis)

rough-seeded fameflower (Phemeranthus rugospermus)

seaside three-awn (Aristida tuberculosa)

woolly beachheather (Hudsonia tomentosa)

Special Concern

blue toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis)

Canada frostweed (Crocanthemum canadense)

goat’s rue (Tephrosia virginiana)

hairy evening primrose (Oenothera villosa ssp. strigosa)

cream wild indigo (Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea)

purple sand grass (Triplasis purpurea)

red three-awn (Aristida purpurea var. longiseta)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

yellow-fruited sedge (Carex annectens)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Dry Barrens Prairie (Southern) UPs13a



American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American hazelnut (Corylus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

American plum (Prunus americana)

asparagus (asparagus officinalis)

Bell’s honeysuckle (Lonicera × bella)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black oak (Quercus velutina)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

boxelder (Acer negundo)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla)

Cleland’s evening primrose (Oenothera clelandii)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

eastern poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans ssp. negundo)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green carpetweed (Mollugo verticillata)

hairy grama (Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta)

hairy vetch (Vicia villosa ssp. villosa)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

hybrid black raspberry (Rubus x neglectus)

Illinois carrion flower (Smilax illinoensis)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

jack pine (Pinus banksiana)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

long-bearded hawkweed (Hieracium longipilum)

marijuana (Cannabis sativa var. sativa)

narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard (Crepis tectorum)

partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata var. fasciculata)

plains snake-cotton (Froelichia floridana var. campestris)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis var. occidentalis)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted beebalm (Monarda punctata var. villicaulis)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus)

Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)


Acer negundo (boxelder)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta (hairy grama)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Cannabis sativa var. sativa (marijuana)

Chamaecrista fasciculata var. fasciculata (partridge pea)

Convolvulus arvensis (field bindweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Corylus americana (American hazelnut)

Crepis tectorum (narrow-leaved hawk’s-beard)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Erigeron canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Froelichia floridana var. campestris (plains snake-cotton)

Helianthus pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Hieracium longipilum (long-bearded hawkweed)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Koeleria macrantha (June grass)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Lonicera × bella (Bell’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian honeysuckle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Mollugo verticillata (green carpetweed)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Monarda punctata var. villicaulis (spotted beebalm)

Oenothera clelandii (Cleland’s evening primrose)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Physalis heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Pinus banksiana (jack pine)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Quercus velutina (black oak)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus x neglectus (hybrid black raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex acetosella (common sheep sorrel)

Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem)

Smilax illinoensis (Illinois carrion flower)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Toxicodendron radicans ssp. negundo (eastern poison ivy)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tradescantia occidentalis var. occidentalis (prairie spiderwort)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Vicia villosa ssp. villosa (hairy vetch)


American germander

American plum

black-eyed susan

Canadian milkvetch

Cleland’s evening primrose

common milkweed

common mullein

field bindweed

flowering spurge

spotted beebalm


partridge pea

plains snake-cotton

prairie coreopsis

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

spreading dogbane

white prairie clover

white snakeroot

whorled milkweed

yellow wood sorrel




Three reptile species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen on at least one of the units of this SNA:


Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

Special Concern

bull snake (Pituophis catenifer sayi)

plains hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

  bull snake (Pituophis catenifer sayi)      








Wildlife Viewing Area

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, along with adjacent McCarthy Lake WMA, is one of 119 Wildlife Viewing Areas in Minnesota listed by Watchable Wildlife, Inc.

McCarthy Lake WMA / Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA / Preserve


Blanding’s turtle

This area hosts one of the largest populations of the Blanding’s turtle. In June, females migrate to here to lay their eggs, and in August the hatchlings return to the wetlands.

Important Bird Area

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA is part of the huge (46,000-acre) Whitewater Valleys Important Bird Area (IBA).

Whitewater Valleys IBA











Rough-seeded fameflower

In mid-summer, rough-seeded fameflower blooms daily after 4:30 p.m. for only three hours.



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