Frontenac State Park

Lake City, Minnesota 55041

Frontenac State Park

Frontenac State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Frontenac State Park encompasses 2,230 beautiful acres that include the 450-foot bluff overlooking Lake Pepin, a widening of the Mississippi. Called Point-No-Point, the 3-mile-long bluff creates an optical illusion to boaters traveling down river.

From a distance, it appears to be a point jutting out into the water, but the illusion disappears as boaters approach it. This bluff, which became a state park in 1953, nearly twenty years after its designation was proposed, is a popular birding and recreation site. Here you’ll find a diverse wildlife habitat of forests, open meadows, old fields, prairies, and bottomland hardwood marshes."

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"Rarely is a birding area extremely productive of species, yet charming and scenic at the same time. Frontenac State Park is such a place, and it is well known to Minnesota birders. Perched on a point of the Mississippi River’s Lake Pepin, Frontenac seems to have had a siren’s charm since the earliest times.

Key birds: Bald Eagle (late fall, late winter), Turkey Vulture, migrating hawks (fall), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, migrating warblers (May), Prothonotary and Cerulean Warblers (nesting). Don’t miss: In-Yan-Teopa overlook. This eTrail provides information on birding strategies for this location, birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful maps."

Frontenac State Park Reviews

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7/9/2010
if you're really into hiking in the woods, this would get another star. there's some nice elevation change, but there's nothing particularly scenic about this trail. the terrain's rugged (advertised) but the payoff for the walk is pretty minimal.
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4/4/2010
Excellent trail, great hiking! Steep with lots of switchbacks. Well maintained, but not paved or cleared.
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Trail Information

Lake City
Nearby City
2.7
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,050 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,050 feet
Top Elevation
Frontenac State Park, Frontenac, MN; (651) 345-3401; www.dnr.state .mn.us/parks; Department of Natural Resources, Information Center, St. Paul, MN; (651) 296-6157 or (800) 646-6367 (only in MN); www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks
Local Contacts
USGS Maiden Rock
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018