Myhr Creek Ridge SNA






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From North Road heading south, the western edge of the SNA borders an area that has been logged and is now densely overgrown with young quaking aspen.

The area labeled as “Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northwestern)” is densely wooded and slow going due to much deadfall. The ground here is spongy but there is no standing water (August).

Just south of the swamp is an extensive blow-down area (2011). The progress is slow here due to extensive windthrow. This area is the Black Spruce - Jack Pine Woodland Complex. The blow-down area is the north-facing side of a hill that stretches the width of the SNA and much more. The climb is only about 200 yards but it seems much longer. Bunchberry is abundant here.

At the top of the hill the going is much easier. There is a sometimes discernible footpath leading from west to east. The footpath eventually leads to the south side of the Beaver Wetland Complex.




In late 2019 an 80-acre parcel bordering Myhr Creek Ridge SNA on the west was donated to the Minnesota Department of Natural Reaources and became a part of this SNA. The new section has not yet (3/7/2022) been added to the map on the DNR’s wep page or to the map on this page.














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200 acres




There is a small parking area – a widening of the road – on the south side of County Road 69 (North Road) at the location above (Parking). There is no wood SNA sign marking the site. In place of the familiar yellow SNA boundary signs there are brown “Scientific and Natural Area Rules” signs marking the corners of the site. These are located 30 yards east and 410 yards west of the parking area.

N47 50.726, W89 59.879


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          Cook County  
          Northeast Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


No maintained trails




All hunting. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest

  Ecological Section    

Northern Superior Uplands

  Ecological Subsection    

North Shore Highlands

  Land Type Association    

North Shore Till Plain


Native Plant Communities*


Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype

Beaver Wetland Complex

Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northeastern)

Black Spruce - Jack Pine Woodland: Jack Pine - Balsam Fir Subtype

Northern Jack Pine/Black Spruce Woodland Complex

Northern Mesic Mixed Forest

Northern Wet Meadow Wet Forest Complex

Young Forest Complex

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

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Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

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American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

  Black-capped Chickadee  

Fungi and Lichens

  Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)   Artist’s Conk  

Insects and Arachnids

  mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)   mourning cloak  



American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer  



Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn43b1

Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northeastern) WFn64a

Black Spruce - Jack Pine Woodland: Jack Pine - Balsam Fir Subtype FDn32c1

Northern Mesic Mixed Forest FDn43



alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var. cornuta)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black spruce (Picea mariana)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

bog birch (Betula pumila)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

field clover (Trifolium campestre ssp. campestre)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)

Indianpipe (Monotropa uniflora)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack pine (Pinus banksiana)

mountain maple (Acer spicatum)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

perennial sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

prickly rose (Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rabbit’s foot clover (Trifolium arvense)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rough bedstraw (Galium asprellum)

running clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris var. acris)

thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

timothy (Phleum pratense ssp. pratense)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer spicatum (mountain maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Anaphalis margaritacea (pearly everlasting)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Betula pumila (bog birch)

Chamaenerion angustifolium (fireweed)

Chelone glabra (white turtlehead)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Corylus cornuta var. cornuta (beaked hazelnut)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Heracleum maximum (American cow parsnip)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lycopodium clavatum (running clubmoss)

Lysimachia borealis (northern starflower)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Monotropa uniflora (Indianpipe)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phleum pratense ssp. pratense (timothy)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea mariana (black spruce)

Pinus banksiana (jack pine)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunella vulgaris (common selfheal)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Ranunculus acris var. acris (tall buttercup)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (prickly rose)

Rubus parviflorus (thimbleberry)

Sonchus arvensis (perennial sow thistle)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover)

Trifolium campestre ssp. campestre (field clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)


alsike clover

American cow parsnip

common dandelion

common false Solomon’s seal

common yarrow

perennial sow thistle

oxeye daisy

pearly everlasting

prickly rose

purple meadow-rue

smooth sumac

tall buttercup

wild geranium

wild strawberry







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