Frontenac State Park

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Frontenac State Park


Located on the Mississippi River, Frontenac is a birdwatcher's paradise. It's one of the best spots in the country to view birds migrating in the spring and fall. More than 260 species of birds have been recorded here. No wonder: Lake Pepin's diverse habitats -- bluffland, prairie, floodplain forest and upland hardwood forest -- attract numerous warblers, hawks, waterfowl and shorebirds. Hikers and skiers enjoy spectacular views of this beautifully wooded river valley. Fishing, swimming and boat tours are all available nearby.

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Visitor Alert

Camping is now available year-round at Frontenac.

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

(Updated Oct. 11, 2016)

Park Notes

Why visit Frontenac state park?

The park has 58 drive in campsites, 19 of which are electric, 6 cart in sites and 2 backpack sites. Hike the many trails that overlook Lake Pepin, meander through restored prairies, or take you to the shores of the Mississippi River.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

State Forest Campground:

Frontenac State Park also manages 4 forest campgrounds in the Richard J Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest. The Kruger Forest campground is located 5 miles west of Wabasha, MN and has 19 campsites. 3 campgrounds in the Zumbro Bottoms Unit and are located a east of Theilman, MN, or West of Kellogg, MN. These campgrounds and are set up for horse camping.

Camping is first-come, first serve at the forest campgrounds. No reservations are available. The cost is $14/night for a regular site at Kruger and $16/night per sleeping unit at Zumbro Bottoms. Please use the self-registration forms at the entrance of each campground.

Horse trails at Zumbro Bottoms are generally open May 1 through November 1st each year.

For more information call the Frontenac State Park office at (651) 345-3401

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Frontenac State Park.

Birders:

Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Frontenac State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Wonderful Fall Colors

tree Excellent Birding Opportunities

tree Wildflowers in Spring Through Fall

tree Winter Sliding Hill

tree Great Hiking/Ski Trails


Hours

Best time to contact the park:

Spring & Fall: 12:30-4:30pm M,W,Th; 12-6pm F; 10am-6pm Sa; 10am-4pm Su; Closed Tuesdays

Summer: Monday - Thursday, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.; Friday 12-8pm; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Winter: Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Monday - Friday, office hours will vary. Please leave a message.

Contact

29223 County 28 Boulevard
Frontenac, MN 55026

tel: 651-345-3401

fax: 651-345-3694

email: frontenac.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Frontenac State Park is located approximately 10 miles SE of Red Wing on Highway 61 or 5 miles northwest of Lake City, then 1 mile north on County Road 2.