Moe Woods






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North Unit Approach


North Unit

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Moe Woods consists of two separated units. The larger South Unit is completely surrounded by private property, and is not accessible to the public.

North Unit: 300 Acres




The parking area is almost a mile from the site. The following detailed directions to the site are from The Nature Conservancy. The GPS coordinates and directions in red are from

  1. Travel west on Pope County Highway 8 for three miles, then south for a half mile after the road bends.
  2. At this point County 8 turns west again. Rather than follow County 8, continue south on Pope County 37 for 4.0 miles.
  3. At this point County 37 turns east. At the corner, follow a gravel township road to the south for 0.25 mile, then west for about a half mile after it bends.
  4. At this point N45 25.617, W95 12.244 a degraded dirt road turns to the south, marked by a small State Wildlife Management Area sign. Park here, on the side of the township road, unless you have a high-suspension vehicle. The degraded road is deeply rutted. Even an SUV will need to avoid the deepest ruts. The degraded road dead-ends into a grassy parking lot for the Little Jo WMA. N45 25.411, W95 12.224
  5. A rough track leads east out of the parking lot through tall grass and sumac and into a patch of forest where the trail is clearer. The track emerges from the forest N45 25.118, W95 11.732 into another field, and then through an aspen grove. Head toward the eastern side of Crook Lake.
  6. The trail enters the forest about 50 feet uphill from the lake N45 24.988, W95 11.814. After crossing an old barbed-wire fence, head east (left) on a trail toward Round Lake, which is visible through the trees.  
  7. Follow an overgrown trail to the south N45 24.962, W95 11.794 that climbs onto the high ground between the two lakes and continue.  
  8. Pass an open swamp on the right and take a trail that leaves to the north (left) toward Round Lake. (Continuing on the first trail leads onto private property.) Continuing on the first trail also leads 230 yards to Moe Woods just south of the northwest corner.
  9. Follow the new trail as it curves along the ridge above the lake.  The trail ends quickly N45 24.809, W95 11.715, but continuing along the ridge leads into the northwest corner of Moe Woods Preserve and provides beautiful views of Round Lake.


Little Joe WMA parking lot
N45 25.411, W95 12.224


Driving Directions

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          Kandiyohi County  
          Central Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


No maintained trails




No hunting


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

  Ecological Section    

North Central Glaciated Plains

  Ecological Subsection    

Minnesota River Prairie

  Land Type Association    

Gilchrist Moraine


Native Plant Communities*


Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest

Cattail Marsh (Prairie)

Sedge Meadow

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

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GPS recommended






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Access Road

    Little Joe WMA   Little Joe WMA  

Parking (Little Joe WMA)

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Getting There (Little Joe WMA)

    Little Joe WMA   Little Joe WMA  
    Little Joe WMA   Little Joe WMA  

Round Lake

    Moe Woods   Moe Woods  






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Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List




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

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)


eBird Field Checklist


Fungi and Lichens


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List




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

Special Concern

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

prairie moonwort (Botrychium campestre)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest MHs38b

Cattail Marsh (Prairie) MRp83b

Sedge Meadow WMn82b




Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List





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