Pigeon River Cliffs

       
   

Area and County

    Cook County
    Northeast Minnesota
     
 

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Size

103 acres

 
 
Maps

Grand Portage State Forest Map

     

 Printable Maps with GPS coordinates

 
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Parking

N48 2.182, W90 0.721

 
Hiking Trails

The Border Route Trail passes through this preserve.

 
Hunting

Contact NE MN Program Office (218) 727-6119 for more information.

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest

Ecological Classification
Section  

Northern Superior Uplands

Subsection(s)  

Border Lakes

Land Type Association(s)

Rove Slate Bedrock Complex

 
Native Plant Communities1 Not mapped (2/2/2018)
 
Natural Features

Rove Slate Hills

 
Ownership

The Nature Conservancy logo

 
Links

The Nature Conservancy

 
Comments

Getting There
Park at the end of South Fowl Road. Follow the narrow, unimproved road north 0.3 miles (540 yards) to the Border Route Trail. The road continues north to South Fowl Lake and is heavily used by OHVs. The trail crossing is easy to miss. It is unmarked and, depending on the time of year, overgrown. Look for a blaze in the form of two pieces of surveyor’s tape, one blue and one pink, hanging from a branch of a quaking aspen sapling on the east side of the road. See the map for the GPS coordinates of this trail crossing.

Border Route Trail/North Country Trail
The Border Route Trail is flagged with blue, sometimes pink, surveyor’s tape. In a few places there is a pile of stones (cairn) marking the trail. Visitors are asked to stay on the trail to avoid trampling endangered plant species. The North Country Trail has been routed onto the Border Route Trail for 65 miles.

State Forest
This site lies within the Grand Portage State Forest.

 
Visits

8/12/2011

   

 

 

 

 

       
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South Fowl Lake

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Birds

One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:

 

Special concern

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Black-capped Chickadee

 
Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Cavern Beard Lichen (Usnea cavernosa)

Lobster Mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum)

Black Knot

 
Insects and Arachnids

white admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis)

white admiral

 
Mammals

Two mammal species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:

 

Threatened

gray wolf (Canis lupus)

 

Special concern

Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis)

moose (Alces americanus)

 
 

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

American red squirrel

 
Plants

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

 

Endangered

rough-fruited fairybells (Prosartes trachycarpa)

sticky locoweed (Oxytropis borealis var. viscida)

 

Threatened

Franklin’s phacelia (Phacelia franklinii)

large-leaved sandwort (Moehringia macrophylla)

Laurent’s cliff fern (Woodsia scopulina ssp. laurentiana)

Ross’ sedge (Carex rossii)

 

Special concern

blunt-fruited sweet cicely (Osmorhiza depauperata)

rock whitlow-grass (Draba arabisans)

White Mountain saxifrage (Saxifraga paniculata)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

balsam fir

chokecherry

common mullein

common strawberry

common yarrow

prickly rose

spreading dogbane

veiny pea

 

 

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