Thursday, July 28, 2016

Crossing Over -Frontenac

Lake Pepin View
We expanded out camping destinations to include Minnesota. Our first location was Frontenac State Park, just between Redwing and Lake City, Minnesota.

Sunrise dappling trees in woods

Located right along the Mississippi River with a lovely overlook of Lake Pepin.

Open prairie view next to campground
The position of the park afforded us a wonderful sunrise but alas no real sunset views. I guess you can't have it both ways. Lots of trails along the top of the ridge and due to a nice breeze we experience few mosquitos.

Wisconsin early in the morning
Campsites are tucked away in a wooded area but just a few steps away we could get some real big sky views to watch the moonrise. Frontenac also has primitive sites and backpack camping.

Queen Anne's Lace

Smooth Sumac in Bloom

During the Saturday morning Nature Walk Program we learned about Smooth Sumac. Since it was in bloom we got to sample it's lemony buds, which I learned make a great citrusy drink.

Boats gather at Sand Point

Another hike in the park was Sand Point which took us through a very buggy wet area along the Mississippi, to a nice little gathering spot for boaters to set anchor.

Sand Point Trail Shelter

 We enjoyed our first Minnesota State Park and found the campers there are just as nice. A family from the Twin Cities area shared their favorite stories.

Now that we have a MN State Sticker we have our sites set on Whitewater and Mystery Cave parks for 2017.


  1. And it's a land of a 10,000 lakes so you could keep yourself busy for the rest of your lives.

  2. I was in La Crosse for a quick visit for a doctor appt and drove through Frontenac on the way back to the cities. If I'd known you were there I'd have stopped and said hello.