Whitney Island SNA


Area and County

    Rice County
    Southeast Minnesota

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Whitney Island: 42 acres

Shore Unit: 2 acres


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There is designated parking at the shore unit. The shoulder is very narrow and the slope of the roadside ditch is steep. Park on the west side of Geneva Avenue with two wheels on the shoulder and two wheels on the ditch bank. Do not block the field access on the east side of the road.

Shore Unit
N44 17.204, W93 24.544

Cedar Lake Public Water Access
N44 18.124, W93 25.177

Hiking Trails

No maintained trails


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal


Big Woods

Land Type Association(s)

Cordova Moraine

Native Plant Communities1

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Hackberry) Forest

Gravel/Cobble Beach (Inland Lake)

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods)

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Minnesota DNR


Getting There
The island is accessible only by boat. The nearest public water access is Cedar Lake Public Water Access at the north side of the lake.








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Cedar Lake Public Water Access

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boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)



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


Special concern

Purple Martin (Progne subis)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist


American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird

Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Black Knot


Plants frequently found in:

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

Gravel/Cobble Beach (Inland Lake) LKi32b

Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh MRn83

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods) MHs39c


black cherry


common false Solomon’s seal

Missouri gooseberry

red baneberry

red elderberry

Virginia waterleaf




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