Slaughter Slough WPA

       
   

Area and County

    Murray County
    Southwest Minnesota
     
 

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Size

641 acres

 
 
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Parking

N44 5.004, W95 36.793

 
Hiking Trails

 

 
Hunting

A mowed trail leads a short distance from the parking area to the monument.

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

North Central Glaciated Plains

Subsection(s)  

Coteau Moraines

Land Type Association(s)

Slayton Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1

Not mapped (2/2/2018)

 
Ownership

 
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Shetek Massacre

 
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Shetek Massacre
On August 20, 1862, during a brief war between settlers and the Dakota Indians, three dozen settlers were discovered by the Dakota hiding in the tall grass at this site. A stone monument dedicated to the thirteen settlers and two Dakota who died in the ensuing battle was erected on the site in 1925. The name of this site recalls the nature of that event.

Wetland Restoration
The slough was drained and the upland area surrounding the slough was a cornfield until 2003. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, together with Ducks Unlimited, has been working since 2002 to restore the upland prairie and refill the slough. An information kiosk was erected in May, 2010.

 
Visits

9/14/2010

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

slough

An undrained tract of marsh lying in a shallow depression on otherwise dry ground.

 

 

 

       
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Parking

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USFWS Sign

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Information Kiosk

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Historical Monument

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Mowed Trail

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Prairie

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Slough

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Birds

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

 

Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

 
 

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American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

 
 
Mammals

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer
 
Reptiles

common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

common garter snake

 

 

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