Frontenac State Park

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Fall Colors

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FINAL REPORT - A few oaks still have dark orange and brown...
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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

November 19 and 20, 2016 Frontenac State Park will be closed for a special deer hunt.

For more information, visit hunting in state parks.

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

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:

Kruger Campground and Zumbro Bottoms Campgrounds
Both campgrounds are located in the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest located in southeastern Minnesota. For maps of the area, please visit Kruger Campground Map and Zumbro Bottoms Campground Map.

Camping is first-come, first serve at these areas. The cost is $14/night for a regular site at Kruger and $16/night per sleeping unit at Zumbro Bottoms.
Horse trails at Zumbro Bottoms are generally open May 1 through October. Horse use will be allowed starting April 30, 2016.
For more information call the 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.


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


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.


29223 County 28 Boulevard
Frontenac, MN 55026

tel: 651-345-3401

fax: 651-345-3694


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.