|Forestville / Mystery Cave State Park|
Due to its position at the western edge of the blufflands, the Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park area contains a variety of wildlife habitats: streams and floodplains, mature oak ridge forests, brushy south-facing slopes, moist maple-basswood forests, meadows and a few pockets of white pine and...
Beaver Creek Valley State Park
|Description: Wooded valley walls rise 250 feet above spring-fed Beaver Creek, ushering it through this beautiful park. The view from the upland oak woods is dramatic. Watch for brown and brook trout in the cold, crystal-clear creek. Watercress, a vibrant green aquatic plant, grows in the creek all year long.|
During the spring and summer, search the lowland hardwood forest and stream corridor for Louisiana waterthrushes, acadian flycatchers and cerulean warblers. These birds and their habitats are rarely found in other parts of Minnesota.
As you hike deeper into the forest, you may find scarlet tanagers flashing their brilliant colors through the dense green foliage. Other bird species you should look for at Beaver Creek include yellow warblers, least flycatchers, blue-gray gnatcatchers, American redstarts, ruffed grouse and wild turkeys.
Keep your eyes open for white-tailed deer, beaver, gray and fox squirrels, woodchucks, raccoons, coyotes, chipmunks, pickerel frogs, spring peepers, American toads and timber rattlesnakes.
You might even glimpse an elusive five-lined skink. These little striped lizards have been seen at small bluff prairie openings in the park.
Wildlife to Watch: The great diversity of plant species contribute to a great diversity of wildlife. Deer, raccoon, muskrat, mink, badger, red and gray fox, an occasional beaver, and wild turkey may be spotted in the park.
Another interesting animal that resides in the park is the timber rattlesnake, which is seldom seen. If you encounter one, please leave it alone; they present little threat to the visitor. Birdwatchers flock to the park to see the treasured Acadian flycatcher and the Louisiana waterthrush.
Beaver Creek Valley State Park Birding Checklist
There is a potential for flash flooding in the park, so be aware of the weather as you explore, especially if it involves heavy rains.
Timber rattlesnakes in the park pose no threat if you leave them alone. All wildlife species, including snakes, are protected in state parks.
Other Activities: Campsites at Beaver Creek Valley State Park now can be reserved through the centralized
reservation service by calling 1-866-85PARKS (1-866-857-2757) or online at
Ownership: MN DNR
Size: 1187 acres
Closest Town: Caledonia
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