Whitney Island SNA

       
   

Area and County

    Rice County
    Southeast Minnesota
     
 

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Size

Whitney Island: 42 acres

Shore Unit: 2 acres

 
 
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Parking

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

 
Hunting

No hunting

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)  

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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Links

Minnesota DNR

 
Comments

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.

 
Visits

5/23/2013

   

 

 

 

 

       
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Cedar Lake Public Water Access

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Amphibians

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

 

 
Birds

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

 

Special concern

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Red-winged Blackbird

 
Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Black Knot

 
Plants

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

chokecherry

common false Solomon’s seal

Missouri gooseberry

red baneberry

red elderberry

Virginia waterleaf

 

 

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