|Afton State Park|
Spectacular views, minimal development and rugged terrain are all part of the wildlife watching experience at Afton State Park. Explore the oak savannas, prairies, oak woodlands and floodplain forests. The river overlooks provide excellent vantage points for watching migrating raptors and the Tro...
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
|Description: Murphy -Hanrehan Park Reserve provides metro wildlife watchers with a prime example of an eastern mixed deciduous forest dominated by oak.|
The northern part of this 2,800-acre park reserve, which includes Hanrehan Lake, is characterized by steep wooded hillsides interspersed with small, scattered wetlands. In the southern portion, which includes Murphy Lake and a branch of the Credit River, the forests are primarily oak with a much gentler terrain.
The southwest third of the park consists primarily of open fields being restored to prairie. This park is largely undeveloped and has a very remote, wilderness feel.
Wildlife to Watch: Some of the bird species found here are at the northern limit of then: range. This is one of the only known spots in the state for nesting hooded warblers. Also nesting in the area are acadian flycatchers, blue-winged warblers, blue-gray gnat-catchers, American redstarts, ovenbirds, rufous-sided towhees, wood thrushes, scarlet tanagers, red-shouldered, broad-winged and Cooper's hawks.
Beavers, rabbits and squirrels are abundant here. Look too for white-tailed deer, coyotes, red and gray foxes, raccoons, striped skunks, woodchucks, long-tailed weasels, mink and muskrats.
Special Tips: The trails in this area are not well marked and pocket maps are not always available at the trailhead. A compass is advisable.
Ownership: Three Rivers Park District
Size: 2400 acres
Closest Town: Savage
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