Snapshot virtual tour
Welcome to the Franz Jevne State Park virtual tour! Spend time exploring scenic overlooks, fishing hot spots, rustic campsites, and the beautiful Rainy River. We hope it prompts you to visit the park in person sometime soon.
A fishing hot spot
Enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Rainy River at this popular shoreline fishing spot, or try your luck fishing for walleye, northern pike, small mouth bass, and sturgeon. The Rainy River is the international border with Canada. Ontario can be seen across the river.
Picnic tables and benches offer the perfect place to sit a spell and enjoy a fire while viewing the scenic Rainy River.
You will find one of the park’s electric sites tucked under the shade of tall trees. The picnic shelter is available for use by all visitors.
This ancient rock towers above Franz Jevne State Park. It is the perfect venue for picnicking, birdwatching and blueberry picking.
Hiking Club Trail overlook
This picturesque overlook along Rainy River can be found at the end of the park’s Hiking Club Trail.
Enjoy the trail system
The unique trails at Franz Jevne State Park will take you past a diverse group of vegetation including mossy rock outcrops, stands of aspen, pine, and fir, and open hardwood flood plains. Experience towering trees and a brilliant green understory as you walk this section of trail.
Along the shoreline, you can glimpse the rocks that make it difficult for boaters to navigate this stretch of the Rainy River.
If you are looking for a peaceful stay with the melodic sounds of the Rainy River soothing you to sleep, hike-in sites at Franz Jevne State Park may be just what you are looking for. Each site offers a picnic table and fire ring. Vault toilets are located nearby.
Island on the Rainy River
This small, lush island is visible from shore when the water is high and can be easily accessed by foot during low water.
During high water it is difficult to see the swift current of the Long Sioux Rapids that are highly visible during dry years. Keep an eye out for pelicans on the water and bald eagles roosting in the trees along the river.
Many of the park’s rustic sites include a special lantern post amenity in addition to tent pads and picnic table shelters.
A portion of this open hardwood hiking trail is located at the edge of the river flood plain. As you hike the narrow path, look and listen for signs of the rich bird life along the Rainy River.
Second rustic campsite
This rustic site includes a tent pad and an Adirondack-style picnic table shelter. Great fishing can be had just below this site on the Rainy River.
Second hike-in campsite
This beautiful hike-in site can be accessed by a narrow hiking path. Trees provide dappled shade over the tent pad, picnic table, and fire ring located in the site. Vault toilets are located nearby.
The land for Franz Jevne State Park was donated to the state by the Franz Jevne family. Although this is the smallest state park in Minnesota, it contains some of the most scenic areas along the Rainy River.
Do you want to spend an afternoon fishing or sightseeing on the river? A public boat access is located on the Rainy River, just outside the park boundaries.