Frontenac State Park

Name: Frontenac State Park

Year it became a State Park: 1957

Section of Minnesota: East Coast, Mississippi River

Nearby Town: Red Wing, Pepin

Positives: Beautiful Views of the River, Pleasant Camping, Perfect hikes.

The Negatives: Nothing comes to mind.

General Comments: From the moment you drive through the gate, and see the wide open spaces and rolling hills, you can tell that this is a pretty park. You get the urge to hike just by driving in.

Something Everyone Wants To See: The Scenic Overlook View from the Picnic Area

But you should also check out: The In Yan Teopa Rock, an interesting outcropping of rock. I also recommend just walking along the ridge.

Nearby attraction to visit: Barn Bluff in Red Wing

Interesting Trivia: When you’re looking out from the overlook onto Lake Pepin, you’re looking at the place on the Mississippi river where Laura Ingalls and her family crossed into Minnesota in “Little House On The Prairie”

Personal Stories: This was a stopping off spot on our scout bike ride to Whitewater State Park – thirty years ago this summer.

I walked through this park with my girlfriend – now my wife – twenty two years ago.

Our family has visited this park seven times in the last ten years. I wrote a  poem about one of the earlier visits.

We saw a fairly close view of a perching Bald Eagle last year on a walk along the bluff.

What My Kids Want Me To Say: Watch carefully on the paved path – you might find a snake warming itself. Also, watch out for the wild turkeys.

Jamsco Ranking: Among The Best In The State

Final Word: This is a classic Mississippi River state park. It makes a great fall day trip from the twin cities.

Thoughts? Comments? Have you been to Frontenac? Do you agree with my assessment?


About jamsco

I am a Husband of Debbie / Father of 8 and Child of God. Creatively I write songs and professionally I am a database programmer.
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2 Responses to Frontenac State Park

  1. Abigail says:

    Well, now I want to go.

  2. jamsco says:

    Next Small Group camping trip!

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