Frontenac State Park

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Frontenac State Park is located in the Bluff Country region of Minnesota near Red Wing and Lake City.

Frontenac State Park

How to Get to Frontenac State Park: Drive approximately 10 miles southeast of Red Wing on Highway 61 or 5 miles northwest of Lake City, then 1 mile north on County Road 2.

Park Highlights:

  • The park is situated above Lake Pepin, a large widening of the Mississippi River. One of the most beautiful picnic areas in the state sits on the bluff above the lake. We especially love the views here in autumn.
  • A landmark in the park is a giant rock with a squared opening. It is called In-Yan-Teopa, which means "stone door" or "place of entrance." It is believed to have spiritual significance to American Indians who once lived in the area. Signs of habitation, as well as burial grounds, have been discovered here.

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Frontenac's Natural Attractions: The varied landscape of this 2,300-acre park includes prairie, floodplain, and hardwood forest of oak, maple, basswood, and aspen. Enjoy morning views from the bluffs as the mist rises from the lake. As the Mississippi River flows through Lake Pepin, it provides a flyway that results in as many as 260 species of birds stopping here. Other wildlife you might see in the park includes deer, fox, coyote, beaver, raccoon, opossum, and wild turkeys.

Things to Do in Frontenac State Park: Fishing on Lake Pepin is a popular pastime. The thirteen miles of trails throughout the park include 2.5 miles of self-guided interpretive trails, 1 mile of handicapped accessible trail, 1 mile of paved bike trail, and an 800-foot-long boardwalk through a wetlands area. Winter use of the park includes 5.7 miles of trail groomed for cross-country skiing, 5.5 miles of snowmobile trails, and 8 miles of winter hiking trails. Snowshoeing is permitted, except on groomed trails. Two warming houses are available.

Camping in Frontenac State Park: "One of Minnesota's best camping experiences", says Jake Kulju in Minnesota Camping. The large, double loop campground, located on the bluff above the river, spreads the 59 campsites among shaded, wooded areas of the park. 19 sites have electrical hookups, 6 are cart-in sites and 1 is a group campsite that accommodates up to 35 people. Picnic tables, fire rings, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station are provided.

More Attractions in This Region: Visit Red Wing, often called "the prettiest town on the Mississippi." This historic town is famous for Red Wing Pottery and Red Wing shoes, as well as its many antique shops. Lake City, the place where water-skiing was invented, is another lovely small town worth a visit. In autumn, this area is a "must do" for apple orchard visits.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Afton State Park > Fort Snelling State Park > Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park


Contact

29223 County 28 Boulevard
Frontenac, MN 55026
Phone: 651-345-3401
Fax: 651-345-3694
Email: frontenac.statepark@state.mn.us

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