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Parks & Recreation Areas!

Plainview is surrounded by parts of the two million acre Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest. The forest is located in Dakota, Fillmore, Goodhue, Olmsted, Houston, Wabasha, and Winona Counties and includes much of the watersheds of the Cannon, Root, Zumbro, and Vermillion Rivers.  Carley State Park and Whitewater State Park are close to Plainview:

State Parks Map

 You’ll find hiking trails, picnic and recreation areas, individual and group campsites, and trout streams at two parks located ten to thirty minutes away from Plainview. So, pack a lunch, grab your binoculars and put on a pair of sturdy walking shoes! Nature is calling!


Carley Park -Located three miles south of Plainview on County Rd. 4, Carley Park encompasses 209 acres of hardwood forest that includes a stand of native white pine. You may spot white-tailed deer, beaver, coyotes, red and gray fox, pileated woodpeckers, great horned owls, and many migratory songbirds while following the Whitewater River through Carley Park. And did we mention meadows full of bluebells and other spring wild flowers?

Whitewater State Park – located south of Elba, Minnesota, this 2,700 acre park offers fishing, swimming, a variety of hiking trails that range from easy to challenging, year-round camping at campsites and winterized cabins, cross-country skiing, showshoeing and a visitor’s center. The spring-fed Whitewater River and Trout Run Creek offer angler’s the opportunity to hook brown, brook, and rainbow trout.

Campgrounds and DNR Recreation Areas

Kruger Campground and DUA

KRUGER CAMPGROUND MAP – This campground is on the Zumbro River and features 19 drive-in camp sites, 13 picnic sites and hiking trails, which include one wheelchair-accessible trail and a one-mile nature trail. The facility is managed by Frontenac State Park. Call 651-345-3401 for more information.

Snake Creek Trailhead DUA

SNAKE CREEK MAP– This area offers 10 miles of off-highway vehicle trails, five picnic sites and some of the best fishing in the area.

Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground

ZUMBRO BOTTOMS MAP -The Main Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground, which is located near the Zumbro River, has 15 horse sites, trails and one picnic site. The West Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campground has 50 horse sites, four picnic sites and one picnic shelter. The North Zumbro Bottoms Horse Campgroundhas five horse sites. The entire campground contains 46 miles of horseback riding trails. The campsite fee is $15/night. For more information, contact Frontenac State Park at 651-345-3401.

Trout Valley DUA