Chippewa National Forest's Wildflower Viewing Areas

By jan schultz on Jul 7, 2012

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Where to find rare native plants and flowers on the Chippewa National Forest

Wildflower Viewing Areas are sites of high botanic interest selected by botanists for the native plants and flowers found within them. Two of these areas can be found on the Chippewa National Forest. Consider visiting these sites during your next trip to the forest. Don't forget your camera!

Pennington Bog. (Black Duck District): Pennington Bog is a virtually undisturbed tract of coniferous forest, providing critical habitat for a diverse array of plant species. A wide assortment of beautiful and unique orchids grows beneath a dense canopy of white cedar, balsam fir, and black spruce. This incredible bog extends on to adjacent State Scientific Natural Area. The site crosses from federal to state land and the State limits the number of people entering the site. The best time to visit the site is early - to mid-summer to view the wildflowers. Permission is required from the Regional DNR office in Bemidji, Minnesota. More on this Wildflower Viewing Area can be found on the Celebrating Wildflowers website.

Stony Point on Leech Lake (Walker Ranger District): Campers to the Stony Point area have long appreciated this old-growth hardwood site for it's excellent birding opportunities and beautiful spring wildflowers. A self-guiding trail from the campground leads you through the forest and gives you a glimpse of the many wildflowers including: Trillium, Dutchmens Breeches, Wild Onion, Wild Ginger, Bloodroot and Jack-in-th-Pulpit. The trail will also lead you past an older Anishinabe maple-sugaring camp. Stony Point is a traditional gathering place. More on this Wildflower Viewing Area can be found on the Celebrating Wildflowers website.

Contact person: Tom Heutte (218) 335-8662 or