Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground - West



From the south end of Lake City on U.S. 61 turn right on Wabasha Co. 4 (S) to Theilman (10 mi.). Turn left (E) on Wabasha Co.86 and follow for 2 mi. When Co. 86 turns left, continue straight ahead on Township Rd. 642 and follow for 2 mi. to the campground; follow Zumbro Bottoms signs.



Phone: 651-345-3401

Managed by: Frontenac State Park

photo: Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground - West

Fees: Fee information
Equestrian site $16

Approved Firewood Vendors

Description: West Assembly Area is the largest of the three campgrounds at Zumbro Bottoms, it is a primitive campground designed to furnish only the basic needs of the camper, vault toilets and hand pumped water. Other than 2 accessible sites there are not designated campsites in this campground. There are fire rings, picnic tables, picket lines and manure bunkers in the campground. There is a lot of open space and campers can set up as they wish keeping in line with these rules:

  • Portable pens must be 75 feet from the road to minimize damage to the grass and cannot be around trees.
  • Horses cannot be tied to trees.
  • Keep the size of your campsite reasonable. To allow for other campers use only the amount of space you need.
  • All camping is first come first serve. Do not block off space for friends who will be arriving later.
  • Clean up your campsite when you leave. Put all garbage in the dumpster and all hay and manure in the bunkers provided.
  • This is a popular camping area and on busy weekends can accommodate 100 + camping units.

Highlights: Zumbro Bottoms offers access to 44 miles of horseback riding trails. The trails have been marked with brown signs showing appropriate uses.

Horseback riding trails are open May 1- October 31. Trails do not close when it rains and only a few low trails flood when the river is high.

Communication is limited and the trail system is multi-use in areas.

Visitor Alert:

• The Golden Eagles Motorcycle Club will be holding their motorcycle ride Sept. 6 and 7 at Zumbro Bottoms. While the area is still open to other users we encourage other people to go to Hay Creek, Krueger or some other forestry unit to avoid the motorized event. The Golden Eagles also will be doing trail work on Aug, 24 and Sept. 3,4 & 5 in preparation of their event.

• The Minnesota Department of Transportation is replacing the bridge over Trout Creek on Highway 60. More project information

Motorists should follow signed detour.

  • If Coming from the West- unaffected
  • If coming from the North- Take Highway 4 south of Lake City toward Theilman, MN. Turn East in Theilman on county road 86.
  • If coming from the south- Take Highway 4 north out of Plainview toward Theilman
  • If Coming from the East- Take Highway 18 east out of Kellogg. Take highway 4 north to Theilman.


50 horse sites

1 toilet symbol wheelchair (1)

1 well

drinking water

4 picnic tables

symbol wheelchair denotes accessible feature, (#) denotes number that are accessible.