Bog or orchid sites in Ely?

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Bog or orchid sites in Ely?

Postby bwca » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:04 am

Posted on behalf of user lnygren:

I am going to be up in the Ely area this weekend. Anyone have specific recommendations for that area, especially for bog and/or potential orchid sites?
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Postby bwca » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:07 am

Here's a sample of what was found blooming the week of 6/10 in 2005:

Blackberry
Blue Bead Lily (Clintonia)
Bunchberry
Buttercups, Yellow
Ginger, Wild
Hawkweed, Orange
Hawkweed, Yellow
Lily-of-the-Valley, Wild
Lupine
Marsh Marigold (Cowslip)
Mountain Ash
Ox-eye Daisy
Raspberry
Red Osier Dogwood
Rose. Wild
Sasparilla
Strawberry
Vetch, Purple & White
Violet, Purple


http://www.bwca.cc/wildflowers/2005/flowers10june05.htm
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Stub Lake Trail

Postby bwca » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:12 am

Here's one idea I found:

Stub Lake Trail
Forest: Superior National Forest

District: Kawishiwi Ranger District

Description: The 1.5 mile long Stub Lake Trail provides opportunities for seeing some interesting and unusual wildflowers in a variety of habitats. The array of flowers in bloom varies throughout the summer, so visitors are assured of running into wildflowers no matter the time of year they hike the trail.

Viewing Information: While passing through a cedar swamp on a boardwalk, visitors may glimpse nodding trillium, high bush cranberry, or marsh marigold in the spring. Later in the summer purple fringed orchid and jewelweed brighten the swamp. After leaving the cedar swamp, the trail passes over high ground through a forest dominated by quaking aspen, paper birch, and white spruce. In the spring this area is a great place to see round-lobed hepatica, pale bellwort, starflower, and wild ginger in bloom, while later in the summer wild roses and columbine can be found along the trail, and visitors may see yellow-flowered hairy honeysuckles climbing up a tree. Be sure to check out the wildlife viewing platform along the trail.

Directions: The Stub Lake Trail takes off from the Fall Lake Campground. Fall Lake Campground is located on Fall Lake about 6 miles east of Ely, MN. From Ely, travel east for 4.5 miles on Highway 169, which become Lake County Highway 18, also known as the Fernberg Road. Turn left on Lake County Road 182 and continue for 1.5 miles to the campground entrance. Look for signs for the hiking trail.

Ownership and Management: USDA Forest Service, Superior National Forest. For more information contact the Kawishiwi Ranger District at (218) 365-7600 (voice) or (218) 365-7602 (TTY).

Closest Town: Ely, Minnesota.
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Postby bwca » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:27 am

Another idea is the Orr Bogwalk.

The Orr Bog Walk's half-mile long boardwalk surface provides nature enthusiasts of all ages and abilities with easy access to a wide variety of wetland types -- including spruce bog, ash swamp, cattail marsh, and tamarack swamp. In the bog, look for the carnivorous pitcher plant. In the ash swamp, look for purple fringed orchids in July. Along the Pelican River, be on the lookout for otters, muskrats, eagles, osprey, pelicans, and a wide assortment of other wildlife.
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Postby VoyageurNorth » Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:50 am

Erik asked me if I have any info on this, but while I love viewing wild flowers, I don't know where they live.

Sorry.
Not to commercialize, but just to let you know I am one of those "outfitter types" :-)

1829 East Sheridan Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731
1-800-848-5530
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