Keeley Creek Natural Area

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Keeley Creek Natural Area
Location Lake County, Minnesota
Area 640 acres (2.6 km2)
Established 1942
Designated 1980

Keeley Creek Natural Area is a natural area that is protected by the United States Department of Agriculture, specifically through the branch of the Forest Service. It was established in 1942 and consists of 640 acres (2.6 km2) of land.[1][2] It is located in Stony River Township, in Lake County, Minnesota and is part of the Superior National Forest.


Keeley Creek is a forested area that consists mainly of native fir trees including mostly Jackpine and Black Spruce.[3] White-tailed deer, snowshoe rabbit, and ruffed grouse are common in the area.

Designation as National Natural Landmark[edit]

In February 1980 the United States Secretary of the Interior designated Keeley Creek Natural Area as a National Natural Landmark under the Historic Sites Act.[4] This designation recognizes the area as an outstanding example of the United States' natural history.[5] The National Park Service describes the area as "a large tract of undisturbed mixed pine and black spruce forest with rare mature jackpine stands and significant upland bogs".[4]


  1. ^ "Northern Research Stations". U. S. Forest Service. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  2. ^ LeBarron, Russell (1942-05-10). "The Keeley Creek and Lac la Croix Natural Areas" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-18. . Recommendation, Order of L.F. Kniep, Acting Chief Forester.
  3. ^ "Keeley Creek subpage". U. S. Forest Service. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Keeley Creek Natural Area". NNL Guide-Minnesota. National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Overview, National Natural Landmarks". Nature & Science. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-12-17.