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!

All campsites are reservable April 1- October 31 each year. Campsites are first-come first-serve Nov 1- 30. Campground is closed December 1 - March 31.

We encourage you to reserve your campsite in advance so your campsite is guaranteed. Any site not reserved is available for drop in camping for one night only. If additional nights are desired, check at the park office in the morning for availability. Campers may use self-registration envelopes if the park office is closed. All campsites may be reserved one year in advance.

Ski trails will be groomed and visitors are welcome to snowshoe throughout the park except on the groomed ski trails. Snowshoes are available to rent for day-use. We will not be grooming snowmobile trails in the park.

(Updated Dec. 12, 2015)

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

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.
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:

Summer: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fall & 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.