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Franz Jevne State Park

Franz Jevne State Park is located in the Bogs region of Minnesota near International Falls and Baudette.

Franz Jevne State Park

How to Get to Franz Jevne State Park: Drive 41 miles west of International Falls or 29 miles east of Baudette on Highway 11.

Park Highlights:

  • The park, located amid towering pines, is one of the most scenic spots along the Rainy River. This small, peaceful park is so remote that it is rarely busy, and many of the visitors are locals. The beauty here might make you feel that this is about as good as Minnesota gets.
  • The river marks the border between Minnesota and Canada. You can look across to Ontario and see some ancient Indian mounds on the Canadian side.
  • As you approach the park from the east, look for "Basshenge." This work of art is by former Chicago Symphony bassist, Joseph Guastafeste, who has a cabin in the area. It consists of 21 steel sculptures of string basses laid out in the shape of a bass clef.

Franz Jevne's Natural Attractions: This hilly, wooded park is just 118 acres. The water flowing down the Rainy River exits the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and is on its way to Hudson Bay.

You can expect to see a variety of wildlife in and around the park. Bald eagles roost in the trees and you can watch pelicans fishing in the river rapids. Moose, wolves, and beavers are often seen in the area. Many songbirds nest here; woodpeckers are common as well.

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Things to Do in Franz Jevne State Park: Many people come for the fishing and hiking. Fish from the riverbank, or bring your boat and use the boat launch. The river yields walleye, northern pike, and bass. You might even hook a sturgeon.

Six miles of hiking trails follow the river. You can hike to the top of the high rock bluff just south of the campground. 3.5 miles of trail are groomed in winter for cross-country skiing.

Franz Jevne State Park Camping

Camping in Franz Jevne State Park: Campsites in this park may not be reserved in advance. You can fill out a self-registration card upon arrival. The single loop campground has 18 rustic campsites and 1 electric site. There are also 3 walk-in sites. Vault toilets are available year-round.

More Attractions in This Region: Visit the museums in International Falls. The Koochiching County Historical Museum traces the history of the area from Indian settlements, through the gold mining, fishing, and fur trade industries, and up to the modern era. Baudette, MN hosts the Lake of The Woods Museum and Lake Woods Nature Tours. The huge statue of "Willie the Walleye" is one of several in the state proclaiming a town as "The Walleye Capital of Minnesota."

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Zippel Bay State Park

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Contact

State Highway 11
Birchdale, MN 56629
Phone: c/o Zippel Bay at 218-783-6252
Email: franzjevne.statepark@state.mn.us

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