Spring Lake Park Reserve







Dakota County Parks

Schaar’s Bluff Trailhead

Fahey Trailhead















Schaar’s Bluff: 309 acres

Lower Spring Lake Park Reserve: 647 Acres


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    County   Dakota County
    Region   Metro Area


8395 127th Street East
Hastings, MN 55033

Schaar’s Bluff
N44 46.044, W92 56.149

Lower Spring Lake Park Reserve
N44 45.255, W92 58.838



Daily, 5 a.m.–10 p.m.



No fee



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Winter Map



Trail running


Mountain biking

Horseback riding







Nature photography




Cross country skiing


Winter hiking






4.42 miles

Winter hiking

3 miles

Paved bike

6.9 miles

The completed southern section of the Mississippi River Greenway, a paved multiuse trail, runs through the park. It begins at Fahey Ave. and runs 11.8 miles to Hastings.

Cross country skiing

3+ miles


1.54 miles


3 miles


Hunting and Fishing



Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Section Ecological Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

Oak Savanna

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains and Moraines

Land Type Association    

Coates Sand Plain

Pig’s Eye Alluvial Plain


Native Plant Communities*


Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

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

Seepage Meadow/Carr

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

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Gathering Place

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

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Minnesota country attempts to seize private property to turn into bike trails using eminent domain


Published on Feb 19, 2014

Neighbors in Dakota County say they are engaged in an uphill battle to keep their beloved properties along a portion of the Mississippi River near Hastings where the county wants to build a bike trail.

A decade ago, there were nearly 13 properties the county wanted to buy in order to complete the Spring Lake Park Reserve. Now, there are only a few holdout owners and the county is ready to take the land by claiming eminent domain -- but the residents who have decades of memories warn they won't' uproot easily.

The family with a little marina is denoted in the master plan of the park as No. 7.

"Our father meant to leave this property to us and our children," Joni Sargent told Fox 9 News.

Sargent and her sister, Nancy Drews, cherish their spot on the point of Spring Lake and the Mississippi River.

"We've been here our entire lives," Drews said.

Their father passed away there years ago and left them the house and 10 acres of prime riverfront property, including the marina. Now, they fear they will lose it all.

"Totally overwhelmed," Drews said. "I have heart issues, and my heart has been fighting this since Nov. 5. It's horrible."

Dakota County wants the land for the long-term development of a Mississippi River trail that would include a pristine park. In the county's rendering, the family's home is gone and is replaced by paths, house boat docks and a picnic area.

"That riverfront is important to protecting the shoreline, protecting the Mississippi River water quality, and also providing opportunity for public access," Steve Sullivan, Dakota County park director, told Fox 9 News.

Sullivan has led the effort to complete the county's riverfront playground, and several property owners willingly sold their land -- but not the sisters and their extended family. When the county officered them $370,000 for everything, they were insulted.

"Probably four years ago, our dad said he could get $1.3 million for it," Sargent said.

With a March 31 deadline to obtain $3 million in federal grants for the project, the county is now taking the issue to court. Next week, lawyers will ask a judge to begin the process of repossessing the land under eminent domain. If approved, appraisers will determine fair market compensation for what the family describes as their little slice of heaven.

"It just means way too much to us," Drews said. "We can't lose it."

The sisters do admit the property has fallen into disrepair since their father died, but they do want to clean it up and have dreams of living there again. Both told Fox 9 News that they are willing to part with a couple of acres for the park and trail, but the county wants it all.

Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center Virtual Tour


Uploaded on Oct 27, 2009

The Gathering Room at the Schaars Bluff Gathering Center is an exceptional room designed to capture the expansive view across the Mississippi River bluff while meeting all the needs for your meeting or event. The Gathering Room is available for rent to community, corporate or private groups for a variety of events and is located within the beautiful Spring Lake Park Reserve.

Camp Spring Lake Retreat Center Virtual Tour


Uploaded on Oct 27, 2009

This fabulous four-season retreat center is perfect for off-site corporate retreats and community and club meetings, yet transforms into a great overnight wilderness experience for organized youth groups. The facility consists of a lodge and ten group campsites any of which can be rented individually or in combination with each other.

The Camp Spring Lake Retreat Center is located at the Lower Spring Lake Park Trailhead in Spring Lake Park Reserve.


Schaar's Bluff fun


Uploaded on Apr 16, 2010

Having fun at the Dakota County model airfield at Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings, MN.



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Insects and Arachnids

banded argiope (Argiope trifasciata)   banded argiope

Robert Briggs

Insects and Arachnids

monarch (Danaus plexippus)   monarch

Fungi and Lichens

Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)

  Oyster Mushroom


crown vetch (Securigera varia)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium var. yuccifolium)

virgin’s bower (Clematis virginiana)

  virgin’s bower

Julie Martin


large-flowered beardtongue (Penstemon grandiflorus)

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


Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)


Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)

American Goshawk (Accipiter atricapillus)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

eBird Field Checklist - Spring Lake Park Reserve

eBird Field Checklist - River Access

eBird Field Checklist - Bud's Landing

eBird Field Checklist - Camp Spring Lake

eBird Field Checklist - Schaar's Bluff

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)


American Goldfinch

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Mourning Dove

Song Sparrow


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List


Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

False Death Cap (Amanita citrina)

Oak Anthracnose (Apiognomonia errabunda)

  False Death Cap

Insects and Arachnids

Minnesota Bee Atlas

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

blue-fronted dancer (Argia apicalis)

blue-tipped dancer (Argia tibialis)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

common green darner (Anax junius)

hackberry emperor (Asterocampa celtis)

Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina)

linden wart gall midge (Contarinia verrucicola)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

powdered dancer (Argia moesta)

spring field cricket (Gryllus veletis)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

twice-stabbed stink bug (Cosmopepla lintneriana)

white snakeroot leaf miner (Liriomyza eupatoriella)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)


common green darner


mourning cloak

widow skimmer


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer


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

Special Concern

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern) UPs13c

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

Seepage Meadow/Carr WMs83a1



alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

Allegheny blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)

American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

Aunt Lucy (Ellisia nyctelea)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

birdfoot violet (Viola pedata)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black bindweed (Fallopia convolvulus)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

Blue Ridge carrionflower (Smilax lasioneura)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian clearweed (Pilea pumila)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian white violet (Viola canadensis var. rugulosa)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

cobaea beardtongue (Penstemon cobaea)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common hop (Humulus lupulus)

common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)

common mallow (Malva neglecta)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

desert false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field clover (Trifolium campestre ssp. campestre)

field mustard (Brassica rapa)

field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

fragrant sumac (Rhus aromatica var. aromatica)

garden yellowrocket (Barbarea vulgaris)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy vetch (Vicia villosa ssp. villosa)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

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

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Pennsylvania smartweed (Persicaria pensylvanica)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Hylodesmum glutinosum)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie crabapple (Malus ioensis)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum)

prairie spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis var. occidentalis)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slender beardtongue (Penstemon gracilis var. gracilis)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

tall boneset (Eupatorium altissimum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

tall tumble mustard (Sisymbrium altissimum)

Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

timothy (Phleum pratense ssp. pratense)

tower mustard (Turritis glabra)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

western marbleseed (Lithospermum occidentale)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild oat (Avena fatua)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

Wood’s rose (Rosa woodsii var. woodsii)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha fruticosa (desert false indigo)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias tuberosa ssp. interior (butterfly weed)

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

Avena fatua (wild oat)

Baptisia alba var. macrophylla (white wild indigo)

Barbarea vulgaris (garden yellowrocket)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Brassica rapa (field mustard)

Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd’s purse)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Celastrus scandens (American bittersweet)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Chenopodium album (common lambsquarters)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens (prairie larkspur)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea (eastern purple coneflower)

Ellisia nyctelea (Aunt Lucy)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Eupatorium altissimum (tall boneset)

Fallopia convolvulus (black bindweed)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Gleditsia triacanthos (honey locust)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Humulus lupulus (common hop)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hylodesmum glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lepidium densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Lithospermum occidentale (western marbleseed)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian honeysuckle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Malus ioensis (prairie crabapple)

Malva neglecta (common mallow)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Penstemon cobaea (cobaea beardtongue)

Penstemon gracilis var. gracilis (slender beardtongue)

Persicaria pensylvanica (Pennsylvania smartweed)

Phleum pratense ssp. pratense (timothy)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pilea pumila (Canadian clearweed)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Potentilla recta (sulphur cinquefoil)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus aromatica var. aromatica (fragrant sumac)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rosa woodsii var. woodsii (Wood’s rose)

Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sambucus canadensis (American elderberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Sisymbrium altissimum (tall tumble mustard)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax lasioneura (Blue Ridge carrionflower)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thlaspi arvense (field pennycress)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tradescantia occidentalis var. occidentalis (prairie spiderwort)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium campestre ssp. campestre (field clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Turritis glabra (tower mustard)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis (American stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Vicia villosa ssp. villosa (hairy vetch)

Viola canadensis var. rugulosa (Canadian white violet)

Viola pedata (birdfoot violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)


alsike clover

American elderberry

annual fleabane

birdfoot violet

black cherry

black raspberry


blue cohosh

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower

Canadian white violet



common false Solomon’s seal

common yarrow

Culver’s root

desert false indigo

eastern prickly gooseberry

fragrant bedstraw

garden yellowrocket

golden alexanders

gray-headed coneflower

hairy vetch

hoary vervain

large-flowered bellwort

Morrow’s honeysuckle

northern bedstraw

northern prickly ash

prairie coreopsis

purple prairie clover

red clover

red elderberry

rough cinquefoil

slender beardtongue

smooth sumac

Tatarian honeysuckle

upright carrionflower

Virginia waterleaf

white clover

white prairie clover

wild columbine

wild geranium

yellow goat’s beard


common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)   common garter snake





































































Non-native plants

Small prairies near the parking area, near the Gathering Center, and at the north end of the south loop trail, have been seeded with wildflowers, most likely with a seed mix purchased from an out of state vendor. Some of the plants in these prairies are not otherwise found in this area (e.g., field mustard). Others are not native to Minnesota (e.g., cobaea beardtongue and eastern purple coneflower).





Touch-me-not (Impatiens spp.) is abundant throughout the park.



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