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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

Visitor Alert:

Due to wet and warm conditions, forest roads and trails are deteriorating rapidly this spring. Many roads and trails are not firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. The temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions. Note: not all roads and trails in a particular forest may be closed. Check the forest roads closures and OHV trail closures web pages before venturing out. Signs may be posted before web pages are updated. Obey all signs.

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