Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area is a rare prairie with dunes rising in waves cresting 10 to 20 feet.
Distinct plant communities are present throughout the area, including little bluestem, penstemon, prairie dropseed, sand reed grass, gramma grass, and silky prairie clover plants. Tree species consist of elm, silver maple, cottonwood, and box elder. Blue racers, an uncommon Minnesota snake, and prairie skinks are also present.
Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas protect rare, fragile, communities of plants and animals, as well are unusual geology. Tread lightly. Understand the regulations that help protect these unique areas.
Activities: Hiking, birding, wildflowers, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Hours: Please call for more information.
Contact Information: Call the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at (651) 259-5088.
Sites Nearby: Grey Cloud Island
Did You Know?
At Lake Onalaska, near LaCrosse WI, the Mississippi River is about 4 miles wide. The combination of water held behind Lock and Dam #7 and water held by damming the Black River form this broad reach of the Mississippi River.