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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Camping is now available year-round at Frontenac.
All campsites are reservable.
Hunting at Frontenac
The park is CLOSED to ALL hunting except a special permit 2-day muzzleloader deer season from December 2-3, 2017, the park will be closed to the general public during those 2 days. Lottery winners will be notified by mail mid-October or you can check online after October 3rd.
For more information on programs see naturalist programs and other activities.
(Updated September 29, 2017)
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. All campsites are 100% reservable. Hike the many trails that overlook Lake Pepin, meander through restored prairies, or take you to the shores of the Mississippi River.
State Forest Campgrounds:
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 are set up for horse camping.
Camping at Kruger and Zumbro Bottoms State Forest Campgrounds is first-come, first serve. 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.
Bird Checklist at Frontenac State Park.
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
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.