Park Info

Image of Franz Jevne State Park

Quick stats

88 acres

Naturalist

There is no naturalist on staff.

Wildlife

Beaver, wolf, and moose have been sighted in this park. Bird life is rich along the Rainy River! Songbirds and woodpeckers fill the forest with sound. And keep your eyes out for pelicans on the water and bald eagles roosting in the trees along the riverbanks.

History

In 1961, a National Park Service survey recommended that land along the Rainy River between International Falls and Baudette be set aside as a park. Some of the land was privately owned by the family of Franz Jevne, a lawyer in International Falls and later, in Minneapolis. Late in 1966, the sons of Franz Jevne offered to donate the acreage to the state for use as a park on the condition that it be named after their father. Although the 118-acre area is a small tract of land by comparison with other state parks, this park is among the most scenic areas along the Rainy River. In 1967, the Minnesota Legislature approved a bill to create Franz Jevne State Park.

Landscape

Franz Jevne sits along the south banks of the Rainy River. Its terrain is varied, including both a high rock outcrop south of the campground road and low shoreline areas that are sometimes flooded when the river is high. Trails wander through a mixed forest including jack pine and birch. Stately white pines frame wonderful views of the Rainy River all year round.