Seven Mile Creek County Park

 
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628 acres

 

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  Area and County
    County   Nicollet County
    Region   Southwest Minnesota

Parking

Back lot
N44 15.944, W94 2.146

 

Hours

Park is closed dusk to dawn

 

Fees

No fee

 

Maps

7 Mile Park Brochure - Updated 12-8-23

Activities

Hiking

Trail running

Biking

Mountain biking

Horseback riding

Picnicking

Camping

Swimming

Boating

Canoeing

Birding

Nature photography

Horseshoes

Volleyball

Geocaching

Cross country skiing

Skate-skiing

Winter hiking

Snowshoeing

Snowmobiling

 

Trails

Hiking

10 miles multi-use trails (hike, bike, and horse)

Biking

10 miles multi-use trails (hike, bike, and horse)

Winter hiking

 

Horse

10 miles multi-use trails (hike, bike, and horse)

 

Hunting and Fishing

 

Ecology

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

 
Ecological Section Ecological Section  

North Central Glaciated Plains

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

 
Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

Minnesota River Prairie

Big Woods

 
Land Type Association    

Gibbon Till Plain

Le Sueur Alluvial Plain

 
         

Native Plant Communities*

 

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

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

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  Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest
     
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Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest

     
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Seven Mile Creek

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Seven Mile Creek 2004 - XC Skiing. Low resolution video: 720x480 15fps 32K Stereo 256spd. Southern Minnesota winter fun. Seven Mile Creek County Park is found between Mankato and St. Peter, Minnesota on Hwy 169. If you like to X/C ski this is a great place.

 

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5/15/2020

Amphibians

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)   American toad

Birds

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

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

American Goshawk (Accipiter atricapillus)

Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Seven Mile Creek Bird Checklist

eBird Field Checklist

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

 

American Goldfinch

Blue Jay

Brown Thrasher

Northern Cardinal

Fishes

Two fish species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Threatened

black buffalo (Ictiobus niger)

Special Concern

blue sucker (Cycleptus elongatus)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

     

Fungi and Lichens

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Dryad’s Saddle (Cerioporus squamosus)

  Dryad’s Saddle

Insects and Arachnids

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

common green darner (Anax junius)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

grapevine epimenis (Psychomorpha epimenis)

lime nail gall mite (Eriophyes tiliae)

painted lady (Vanessa cardui)

plum finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

western honey bee (Apis mellifera)

 

common green darner

painted lady

Mammals

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  American red squirrel

Plants

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

Special Concern

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)

snow trillium (Trillium nivale)

yellow meadow parsnip (Thaspium barbinode)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest MHs49a

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs39a

   

 

agrimony (Agrimonia spp.)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

annual bluegrass (Poa annua)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

apple (Malus domestica)

Aunt Lucy (Ellisia nyctelea)

Bell’s honeysuckle (Lonicera × bella)

bigtooth aspen (Populus grandidentata)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone (Anemonastrum canadense)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

crested wood fern (Dryopteris cristata)

cut-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata)

cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens)

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern star sedge (Carex radiata)

eastern woodland sedge (Carex blanda)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garden yellowrocket (Barbarea vulgaris)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

long-beaked sedge (Carex sprengelii)

meadow horsetail (Equisetum pratense)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

mouse-ear chickweed (Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

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

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rosy sedge (Carex rosea)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

touch-me-not (Impatiens spp.)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Agrimonia sp. (agrimony)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Anemonastrum canadense (Canada anemone)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

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

Barbarea vulgaris (garden yellowrocket)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd’s purse)

Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)

Carex blanda (eastern woodland sedge)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Carex radiata (eastern star sedge)

Carex rosea (rosy sedge)

Carex sprengelii (long-beaked sedge)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare (mouse-ear chickweed)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches)

Dryopteris cristata (crested wood fern)

Ellisia nyctelea (Aunt Lucy)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Equisetum pratense (meadow horsetail)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Erythronium albidum (white trout lily)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Gymnocladus dioicus (Kentucky coffee tree)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Heracleum maximum (American cow parsnip)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Impatiens sp. (touch-me-not)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lonicera × bella (Bell’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Malus domestica (apple)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis (wood betony)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii (wild blue phlox)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Poa annua (annual bluegrass)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus grandidentata (bigtooth aspen)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia laciniata var. laciniata (cut-leaved coneflower)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis (American stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viola pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

 

American black currant

American cow parsnip

American plum

apple

Bell’s honeysuckle

black raspberry

bloodroot

blue cohosh

Canada anemone

common blue violet

common false Solomon’s seal

cut-leaved toothwort

downy yellow violet

eastern prickly gooseberry

giant goldenrod

large-flowered bellwort

Missouri gooseberry

Morrow’s honeysuckle

Pennsylvania sedge

red baneberry

red elderberry

sharp-lobed hepatica

Virginia waterleaf

white trout lily

wild blue phlox

wild columbine

wild geranium

wild leek

wild strawberry

woodland strawberry

 

 

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