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Location: Frontenac, MN. Appx 40 mi SE of Twin Cities on US 61 or 40 mi N of Rochester on US 63

Lodging: drive-in campground, cart-in sites, group camp

Activities: hiking

Lake/River: Lake Pepin (Mississippi River)

Special Attractions: n/a

Frontenac DNR

Hello Wisconsin!

Camped here in 2007. My first time camping alone. This park is located along Lake Pepin and has wonderful views. The trails are quite scenic. If you go on the trail to In-Yan-Teopa (rock with opening), and want to continue down to the shore, it's going to be quite a climb back up! I was greeted by a skeleton when I got down there. Drove to the Sand Point area and walked on the trail to the beach. Was disappointed to see there wasn't a bench or anything out there to sit on by the water.

Returned again to camp in 2014. Stayed at #42 which was nice and big (unreservable). None of the sites are very private, but they do have nice shade and are pretty big. Checked out the cart-in sites. The carts are locked to a post and I'm not sure when or where you get the code for the padlock. Hopefully it's not a situation where you have to get there when someone's at the office. It's kind of a haul to get to the sites and it includes going down a moderately steep hill...which means on the way back you have to push your cart up it. I mean it's not terrible, but not something I'd look forward to. I wouldn't camp at those sites unless I was going to be there for at least 3-4 nights with the length you have to go, but that's just my opinion. The actual sites are very nice with a food storage area included. The facilities hadn't changed much since the last time. Though they added sanitizer to the pit toilets so that's nice.


Camping at Frontenac

A barge on Lake Pepin


The famous In-Yan-Teopa.

Steep trail down to the lake

View of Lake Pepin from shore

Skeleton on the beach

Stick-like insect hanging out on the water fountain

Forest Tent Caterpillar

One of many bluebirds

View from overlook by the shelter

Shelter & overlook

Trail to Sand Point

This squirrel didn't know what to do when we met on the bridge over Well's Creek

Fish Frenzy

The fish were going crazy

Voted most popular flower in the park

This was one popular flower!