Minnesota Point Pine Forest SNA






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Minnesota Point Pine Forest SNA

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18 acres




N46 43.632, W92 2.846


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          St. Louis County  
          Northeast Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


A footpath leads along the center of this narrow spit of land.




No hunting


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

  Ecological Section    

Northern Superior Uplands

  Ecological Subsection    

North Shore Highlands

  Land Type Association    

Split Rock Till Plain


Native Plant Communities*


Beachgrass Dune (Lake Superior)

Juniper Dune Shrubland (Lake Superior)

Red Pine-White Pine Woodland (Minnesota Point)

Sand Beach (Lake Superior)

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

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  Minnesota Point Pine Forest Scientific and Natural Area Virtual Hike
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Apr 2, 2020

Hike through towering old-growth red and white pines on a 0.3-mile wide sandbar separating the Superior Bay from Lake Superior. Leaving the forest you’ll stand on the dunes and then the beach looking out across the big lake! This old forest growing on a young sandbar (geologically speaking) is pretty unique.


  Sunset "At the Beach"

Published on Nov 27, 2012

This beach is on Minnesota Point that includes an old-growth pine forest. This is a State designated Scientific Natural Area SNA and the nearby Sky Harbor Airport has proposed removing trees citing safety reasons and have considered possibly moving the airport runway. June of 2012 saw a record amount of rainfall when 10" fell creating swollen streams and rivers uprooting trees and changing the area landscape the debris pictured here is from that flooding. The large pipe and vent cap are top secret and I'm unable to reveal any details due to sworn testimony and orders from a high ranking official. Produced and Edited by me, using a Sony camera. Soundtrack courtesy of Youtube.




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


Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)


eBird Field Checklist


Fungi and Lichens


One fungi and lichen species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Special Concern

Sandy Laccaria (Laccaria trullisata)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List




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


American beachgrass (Ammophila breviligulata)

wavy hairgrass (Deschampsia flexuosa)

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Special Concern

Allegheny vine (Adlumia fungosa)

least moonwort (Botrychium simplex)

pale moonwort (Botrychium pallidum)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Beachgrass Dune (Lake Superior) LKu32a

Juniper Dune Shrubland (Lake Superior) LKu32b

Red Pine - White Pine Woodland (Minnesota Point) FDn32b

Sand Beach (Lake Superior) LKu32c





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