On the banks of the Mississippi River, where it marks the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Frontenac Campground is a family-friendly RV park near Red Wing. It offers direct access to the recreational pursuits of the Frontenac State Park and its steep limestone bluff that overlooks the waters of Lake Pepin.RV camping at the Frontenac Campground includes access to 58 drive-in campsites, 19 of which offer electric connections. There are restrooms and showers available for guests to use, as well as picnic tables and potable water. Pets are also welcome to stay with you, provided they remain on a leash.
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Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.
Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.
How Outdoorsy Works
Find the perfect RV
Choose your location, dates, and send the host a request to book.
Delivery or Pickup
Arrange a pick up time with the host or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.
Let us help
Most hosts have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.
Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.
After your trip, return the RV to the host in the same condition you recieved it.
A highlight of camping at the Frontenac Campground is the scenic views on offer from the surrounding Frontenac State Park, which was inhabited by the Hopewell culture between 400 and 300 BC. Head to Garrard’s Bluff to witness the natural widening of the Mississippi River known as Lake Pepin and the limestone arch of In-Yan-Teopa (“Rock With Opening”). Fishing for walleye, northern pike, and crappie is possible in Lake Pepin, as is swimming at Sand Point, or you can stretch your legs on the 13 miles of hiking trails that wind through the park. If you’re visiting in the winter months, there are around 5.5 miles of groomed cross-country skiing and snowmobiling trails for visitors to access. The Frontenac State Park is also a popular birdwatching destination, with golden eagles, warblers, and sanderlings all regularly spotted here.Continue south along the Mississippi River, and you’ll arrive at the Five-Mile Bluff Prairie State Natural Area, which overlooks the meeting of the Chippewa and Mississippi Rivers. It encompasses 300-foot-high river bluffs that afford magnificent views and forests of aspen, chokecherry, and staghorn sumac that attract a variety of migratory bird species in the spring. The Five-Mile Bluff Prairie State Natural Area lies adjacent to the Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State Natural Area (a portion of the largest delta floodplain forest in the upper Midwest) where you may be lucky enough to spot pileated woodpeckers, blue-gray gnatcatchers, and broad-winged hawks.Drive in the other direction, and you’ll come to the Cannon River Turtle Preserve Scientific and Natural Area, which is situated just past Red Wing. Its sandbars and uplands provide the ideal nesting habitat for turtles, with some areas of the preserve designated as a sanctuary. You can hike or bike in along the Cannon Valley Trail or explore by canoe, with the chance to glimpse not only turtles but also red-shouldered hawks and cerulean warblers, which are both special concern species in Minnesota.
Campsites at the Frontenac Campground are just three minutes' drive from the community of Frontenac, where you’ll find a small supermarket if you need basic grocery supplies. There’s also a gas station here if you need to fill up your RV rental and a couple of eateries if you don’t feel like cooking. Alternatively, you can make the 15-minute drive into Red Wing, where you’ll find a more extensive choice of supermarkets, services, and restaurants.While you’re visiting Red Wing, be sure to stop in at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing, which delves into the history of the region’s clay industry. See pottery manufactured as early as the 19th century and purchase a unique piece by local artisans to take home with you. Red Wing is also home to the Aliveo Military Museum, where artifacts dating from the Revolutionary War are displayed and the Red Wing Marine Museum, which features restored marine engines and fishing tackle in a historic riverfront building.The campsites at Frontenac State Park are just over an hour’s drive from the “twin cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul, which boast several excellent museums between them. Head to the Walker Art Center where contemporary works are displayed or delve into the region’s industrial past at the Mill City Museum, then stroll along the landmark Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge. Hands-on exhibits await at the Science Museum of Minnesota while the Minnesota History Center features several interactive displays that help bring the state’s past to life. Architecture buffs shouldn’t miss a visit to the Minnesota State Capitol designed by Cass Gilbert or the impressive Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. If you need a retail fix, the 500+ stores at the sprawling Mall of America will do the trick, with the on-site theme park of Nickelodeon Universe ready to entertain the kids.Whether you want to explore the museums of Minneapolis and St. Paul or get active in the reserves along the Mississippi River, book an RV in Goodhue County and start planning your next vacation.
What type of RV should I choose?
Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.
You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.
Do the RVs have bathrooms?
Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.
How does check-in work?