Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Bloomington Ferry Unit

 

 

     
 
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

 

 
     
 

Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

Comments

 
 

 

 
     
 
Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

Bloomington Ferry and Wilkie Units Trail Map

 
         
 

Printable Map(s) with GPS coordinates

 
         
         
 

Size

 
 

380 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

N44 47.979, W93 23.208

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Sunrise to Sunset for approved activities, including federal holidays

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

No fee

No National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota charges a fee

 
         
 

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  Area and County  
     
          Hennepin County  
          Metro Area  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

3.8 miles

The Minnesota Valley State Trail, a 35 mile multi-use trail, passes through the site.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No public hunting opportunities are found at Long Meadow Lake, Black Dog Units, Bloomington Ferry Unit, Upgrala Unit, Chaska Unit, or San Fransisco Unit

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Anoka Sand Plain

Big Woods

   
  Land Type Association    

Le Sueur Alluvial Plain

Mississippi Sand Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Bulrush Marsh (Northern)

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland

Sedge Meadow

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest

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

Natural Features

     
 

floodplain forest

Opus Marsh

 

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Pedestrian Bridge to Wilkie Unit

 
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The Minnesota River nature preserve, and Bloomington Ferry Bridge

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May 10, 2021

 
  Bloomington Ferry
Jerry Hooper
 
   
 
About

Jul 6, 2015

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3/30/2014                
 
 

Birds

 
 

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

Endangered

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

eBird Field Checklist

 
         
 

Fishes

 
 

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

Special Concern

blue sucker (Cycleptus elongatus)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Plants

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Bulrush Marsh (Northern) MRn93a

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland FDs37b

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest FFs68a

     
         

 

 

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