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Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest


Dakota, Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona, Olmsted, Houston, Fillmore


Acres: 1,016,204

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

Approved Firewood Vendors

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• This state forest features six recreational areas, seven campgrounds, and one day-use area. There really is something for everyone in this state forest.

• The RJD Memorial Hardwood Forest is located in southeastern Minnesota. This state forest includes bluffs of the Great River Road of the Mississippi River and a number state water trails. Cannon River, Mississippi River, Root River, Whitewater River, and Zumbro River state water trails are within the forest's boundaries.

• The best times to visit RJD Memorial Hardwood Forest is in the early spring when the spring ephemerals are in bloom and in the autumn for the fall colors. The DNR lists RJD Memorial Hardwood Forest as among the best places in the state for bird watching, motorized trail riding, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

More about this forest


Car driving along a forest road in Grand Portage State Forest.

Fall Color Scenic Drive: Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest has two good options. Option one, travel along Zumbro Bottoms Road off of State Highway 60 southwest of Wabasha. Or you can travel along Along State Highway 16 between Interstate 90 and State Highway 26. Both are best in early October. Want more options? Check out other State Forest scenic fall color drives recommend by DNR foresters.

Visitor Alert:

OHV Riding Restrictions During Deer Hunting Season

  • Use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on state forest OHV trails and state forest trails during firearms deer season is allowed only for deer-hunting purposes, and only within permitted times. More information

Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Dispersed Camping

Canoe / Kayak


Picnic Area

Picnic Shelters



Cross-Country Skiing



Mountain Biking

21.5 Miles Class I ATV

Attention Trail Users:

•Horseback riding trails are open May 1–November 1.

• Mountain bikes, horses, OHMs, and ATVs are restricted to designated, signed trails only.

• The big game hunter/trapper motor vehicle use exception does not apply within this state forest.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


Brightsdale Forest Management Unit
Bronk Unit Plowline Trail
Hay Creek Day-Use Area
Isinours Management Unit
Kruger Campground and Management Unit
Money Creek & Vinegar Ridge
Oak Ridge / Wet Bark Recreation Area
Reno Horse Campground
Reno North Recreational Area
Snake Creek Management Unit
Trout Valley Management Unit
Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground - Central
Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground - North
Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground - West

Special features

• Frontenac State Park
• Great River Bluffs State Park
• Beaver Creek Valley State Park
• Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
• Zumbro River State Water Trail
• Whitewater River State Water Trail
• Root River State Trail
• Goodhue Pioneer
• Cannon River State Water Trail
• R. J. Dorer State Forest OHV Trails: Snake Creek
• R. J. Dorer State Forest OHV Trails: Trout Valley

Other destinations

Whitewater State Park
John A. Latsch State Park
Whitewater WMA : Main Branch Unit
McCarthy Lake WMA
Gores Pool #3 WMA
Ferndale Ridge WMA