Old Frontenac Minnesota Tourism Information
Old Frontenac, MN is a small town on the shores of Lake Pepin, and while it is entirely inside Frontenac State Park, it is not a part of the park itself. The town of Old Frontenac was first settled by brothers Israel and Louis Gerard of Cincinnati who visited the area on a hunting trip in 1854. The Gerard brothers built a hunting cabin called Huber Lodge and were determined to bring settlers to the area. The Civil War put an end to their building plans for a while, but after the war the Gerard brothers set about making Old Frontenac into a gentile tourist destination. Soon wealthy travelers began arriving on paddleboats to fish, hunt, sailing and relaxing, and for a short time Old Frontenac became known as the Newport of the Northwest. The swanky Lakeside Hotel still stands in Old Frontenac, though it is in disrepair. Many famous people stayed at the Lakeside including President Grant, F. Scott Fitzgerald and members of the Randolph Hurst family.
TOUR ROUTE: Starts north of Hastings, MN on Highway 61 and follows the Mississippi River to Winona, MN.
The Minnesota Great River Road tour guides you along the nationally recognized scenic byway called the Great River Road, located along Highway 61 in southeast Minnesota. Your scenic drive in Minnesota will be enhanced by the histories of river towns along the Mississippi River, cultural and artistic at.... more ...