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(left to right) Cross-country skiing on Siebenaler's Ridge, a trout-lily in Carley State Park, and fall foliage

Guide to DNR Scientific & Nature Areas

Trout Fishing Maps for Southern Minnesota

Wabasha County Trout Streams

Wabasha County Wildlife Management Area Listing

 

Whether you're visiting the Valley to bike, watch birds, fish, hike, hunt, snowmobile, or ride dirt bike, you'll find groomed trails, campsites and other amenities at the DNR parks, Management and Day Use Areas (DUA) and Scientific and Natural Areas (SNA).

Follow the links below for more information about the following DNR managed areas:

Carley State Park Pool 4 WMA Zumbro Bottoms - Central
Kellogg-Weaver Dunes SNA Snake Creek WMA Zumbro Bottoms - North
McCarthy Lake WMA Zumbro Falls Woods SNA Zumbro Bottoms - West

Carley State Park

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Visitor Alert!
Road Construction!
County Road 4 from Plainview South to Carley State Park is closed. You can access Carley State Park from the South.


Description: One of southeastern Minnesota's best kept secrets, Carley State Park is 209 acres of hardwood forest with white pine stands, limestone cliffs, and a profusion of spring wildflowers in its meadows and along the trout streams and north branch of the Whitewater River, which cuts through the park.

Campsites: 3 Group Camp sites that accommodate 15, 20 and 25 people each. Each sites has vault toilets, hand pump for water, picnic tables, and fire rings available.   Tents only.  20 drive-in campsites in secluded woods

Trails: 5 miles of hiking trails, 2 miles of cross country trails, snowshoeing anywhere in the park.   MORE                 


Kellogg-Weaver Dunes Scientific & Nature Area

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697 acres located near Kellogg, Minnesota

Access: from Kellogg 4.3 miles SE on Co Rd 84. Park on E side of road.

Description: Rolling sand dune topography that resulted from the confluence of the Mississippi, Chippewa and Zumbro Rivers in prehistoric times.  This site encompasses a diversity of successional stages ranging from blowouts with bare sand, to mature dunes with dry, mesic, or wet prairie species.  An oak savannaoccurs along the edges, and the rare Blanding turtle uses this site for nesting.  MORE


McCarthy Lake Wildlife Management Area

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3,129 acres near Kellogg, Minnesota in Wabasha County

Access:  From Kellogg, go 4 miles SE on US Hwy 61

Description: This WMA has mixed upland and lowland hardwoods of oak, maple, ash, birch, cottonwood and willow. Native warm and cool season grasses make up the upland fields. Recreation is dominated by hunting, trapping, fishing and general wildlife observations, which includes sandhill cranes, eagles, tundra swans and numerous shore birds. MORE


Pool 4 Wildlife Management Area

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142 acres near Wabasha, Minnesota

Access: From Wabasha, go 2 miles SE on CSAH 30 then 1 mile E on CSAH 24

Description: The WMA is primarily a lowland hardwoods consisting of maple, ash, river birch, willow and cottonwood. The the lowland and upland fields have cool season grasses. Recreation is dominated by hunting, trapping, fishing and general wildlife observations. Water access is available to Mississippi River and it's backwaters. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service land is adjacent to this unit.  MORE


Snake Creek Management Unit

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Description: Snake Creek Management Unit is named for Snake Creek, a small trout stream that bisects the state land, which totals 3,000 acres.  The terrain is roung with slopes rising 300 feet above the valley floor on either side. There are two trail systems in the Snake Creek Unit: Trail one is a five-mile remote trail open for use by hikers and cross-country skiers on the north side of the valley. Trail two is a 13.5-mile loop open to all trail use except four-wheel drive vehicles.

Campsites: There are five campsites with picnic tables and fire rings. Each site has access to a hand-pump well and vault toilets.

Directions: Snake Creek Management Unit is located four miles south of Kellogg in southeastern Wabasha County. Access to the unit is from U.S. 61 or State Highway 42. The entrance to the unit is signed on Highway 61    MORE


Zumbro Falls Woods Scientific & Nature Area

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430 acres located near Zumbro Falls

West access:  From Zumbro Falls 1.75 miles S on MN Hwy 63, then 1 mile E on 605th St.(gravel) to the end of the road. Continue straight through the farm yard and park in the lot on east side of the house;
North access:  From Zumbro Falls .5 mile E on Hwy 60, then approx. 1 mile S on gravel 371st Ave. Park in the lot on the east side of the road.

Description: The Zumbro Falls SNA extends on both sides of the the Zumbro River and has steep bluffs, loess-covered uplands, narrow river valleys and broad floodplains. Wall Rock, a dry cliff community, towers 200 foot above the east side of the river bed.   MORE


Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground - Central

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Horseback riding trails open May 1st - November 1st -- -44 miles of horseback riding trails.


Description:  The campsite has a cleared area and 16 horse sites, hand-pump well, vault toilet, drinking water and picnic table. Manure disposal available.   Fee: Equestrian site $16

Directions:  From Wabasha take U.S. 61 (S) to Kellogg; turn right on Wabasha Rd. 18. Go 8 mi. and turn right on township road just past Conception Church (229th Ave.). Follow 229th for 2 mi. and then turn right onto 235th Ave. and follow 2 mi. to the campground. There are large signs at the last two intersections.   MORE


Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground - North
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Horseback riding trails open May 1st - November 1st --- 44 miles of horseback riding trails


Description: The campsite has a cleared area and 6 horse sites, hand-pump well, vault toilet, drinking water and picnic table. Manure disposal available.  Fee: Equestrian site $16

Directions:  From Wabasha take State Hwy. 60 (W) 7 mi. to Wabasha Co. 86; turn left, go 1 mi. Co. 86 turns to the right, go straight ahead on 23 township Rd (235th Ave.) for 2 mi.   MORE


Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground - West

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Horseback riding trails open May 1st - November 1st --- 44 miles of horseback riding trails.

 


Description: A 50 horse campsites that has a cleared area, fire ring, and table. A vault toilet, a hand-pumped well, picket lines, tie rails, and manure disposal. Fee: Equestrian site $16

Directions:  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.       MORE

 

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