The Zumbro River Valley is
part of the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State
Forest, which covers 1,016,204 acres in seven counties
and is part of Minnesota's Driftless Area.
The Driftless Area is a swath
of southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and southwest
Wisconsin in the Upper Mississippi River Basin that
was by- passed by the last continental glacier. As
a result, weathering and erosion has left a steep, rugged
landscape, characterized by steep valleys carved out
by high-quality rivers, algific talus slopes, limestone
bluffs, caves, sinkholes, and cold-water trout streams.
The Valley's diverse ecosystem holds hundreds
of threatened and endangered l animal and plant species.
DNR recreational facilities
located in the Zumbro River Valley include:
How big is Wabasha County's
part of the Zumbro River Valley?
The Valley covers approximately 263 sq. miles
and 1,019 people live in the river towns of Mazeppa,
Zumbro Falls, Hammond, Millville and Kellogg. Towns
near the Valley include Wabasha (pop. 2,521), which
sits at the intersection of Hwy. 61the Great River
Roadand Hwy 60, which runs the length of the Valley
for 39 miles. Zumbrota (pop. 3,252) marks the west entrance
to the Valley from Hwy. 52, the main artery between
the Twin Cities and Rochester, Minnesota. Plainview
(pop. 3,340) sits on high ground three miles from the
Valley on Cty. Rd. 4, a wide new road that runs through
the Valley to Lake City.