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Ramsey County – Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park

 
     
 

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Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear Township is one of three units that make up the 862-acre Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park. Its 320 acres encompass oak-aspen woodland, restored prairie, and marsh and other wetlands. It has four miles of hiking trails that include an interpretive trail and boardwalks over wetlands. In the winter, some of the trails are groomed for cross-country skiing. Osprey and Bald Eagle have been seen flying overhead. For the kids it has Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area & Garden and many programs offering educational opportunities.

 
     
 

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Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

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Grounds map

 
         
 

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Size

 
 

320 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

5287 Otter Lake Road
White Bear Township, MN 55110

N45 6.055, W93 2.156

 
         
 

Hours

 
 
Tamarack Nature Center building
Day Hours
Monday-Thursday

Closed

Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.

 

Trails

Trails are open 5 a.m. - 11 p.m., daily.

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

Trails and Discovery Hollow and Garden are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.

 
         
 

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Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

4 miles hiking

Birch Lake Regional Trail (paved): 1.3 miles

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains and Moraines

   
  Land Type Association    

Forest Lake Moraine

Maplewood Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Not mapped (10/11/2021)

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

Natural Features

     
 

Oak-aspen woodland, restored prairie, marsh and other wetlands, Tamarack Lake, Fish Lake, Fish Lake Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Tamarack Swamp (Southern)

 
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Red Maple - Pin Oak Woodland

 
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Nature Center Building

 
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Trail Signage

 
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Tamarack Lake Fishing Pier

 
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Trails

 
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Cross-country Ski Trail

 
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Fish Lake Creek

 
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Wetlands

 
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Boardwalk

 
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Fungi and Lichens

 
  Honey Mushroom (Armillaria mellea group)   Honey Mushroom  
 

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Plants

 
 

American Hog Peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

Box Elder (Acer negundo)

Bristly Sedge (Carex comosa)

Broad-leaved Cattail (Typha latifolia)

Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada White Violet (Viola canadensis)

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)

Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

Common Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Dog Violet (Viola conspersa)

Eastern Star Sedge (Carex radiata)

False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum)

Fragrant Bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

Kidney-leaved Violet (Viola renifolia)

Lake Sedge (Carex lacustris)

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)

Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pennsylvanica)

Purple-stem Beggarticks (Bidens connata)

Shining Flat-sedge (Cyperus bipartitus)

Slender-leaved False Foxglove (Agalinis tenuifolia)

Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

Tamarack (Larix laricina)

Virginia Stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

White Oak (Quercus alba)

Wild Black Currant (Ribes americanum)

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Woodbine (Parthenocissus inserta)

Zig-zag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

     
           
 
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Visits

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Amphibians

 
  boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)   boreal chorus frog  
 

Birds

 
 

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

Endangered

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

 
 

A printed bird list is available at the nature center desk.

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

 

American Goldfinch

Blue Jay

Mallard

Northern Cardinal

Northern Harrier

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey

Wood Duck

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

 
  Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)   Black Knot  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Minnesota Bee Atlas

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

common green darner (Anax junius)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

whirligig beetle (Subfamily Gyrininae)

  mourning cloak  
 

Mammals

 
 

coyote (Canis latrans)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  eastern chipmunk  
 

Plants

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

 

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

jack pine (Pinus banksiana)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

North American common reed (Phragmites australis ssp. americanus)

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

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

river birch (Betula nigra)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

speckled alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa)

spinulose wood fern (Dryopteris carthusiana)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

tamarack (Larix laricina)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild oats (Uvularia sessilifolia)

winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Alnus incana ssp. rugosa (speckled alder)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

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

Barbarea vulgaris (winter cress)

Betula nigra (river birch)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dryopteris carthusiana (spinulose wood fern)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Larix laricina (tamarack)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Phragmites australis ssp. americanus (North American common reed)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pinus banksiana (jack pine)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

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 pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Trillium grandiflorum (large-flowered trillium)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia sessilifolia (wild oats)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

 

American black currant

American plum

black raspberry

Canada mayflower

common evening primrose

common milkweed

common strawberry

common yarrow

gray-headed coneflower

large-flowered trillium

northern lady fern

northern pin oak

prairie rose

red elderberry

round-headed bush clover

Scotch pine

silvery cinquefoil

wild bergamot

yellow marsh marigold

 
 

Reptiles

 
  painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)   western painted turtle  

 

 

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