The Waconia Cliffs have long been known as a place of outstanding beauty with views looking out over the a quiet creek and valley below.
In 2017 the owner put this land up for sale, thus presenting a small window of opportunity to protect this land for future generations to enjoy as part of the park. Parks & Trails Council began discussions right away, knowing that if the landowner sold to a private entity that would likely put an end to any future use as parkland, perhaps forever. This land holds a bluff overlooking the Pleasant Valley Creek and Lakelet as well as restored prairie and oak savanna lands.
While the beauty and location of this land makes it a natural addition for the park, it was not located within the statutory boundary of the park when Parks & Trails Council purchased it. Parks & Trails Council partnered with folks from the Frontenac State Park Association to advocate for the addition of this land into the boundary of Frontenac State Park. In 2018, the park boundary was successfully expanded to include this land, but it wasn’t for another two years that the public funds were allocated to purchase the land for the park.
We are proud to have played a pivotal role in bringing this land into the park. Waconia cliffs are now part of our shared natural heritage and as the park develops trails, we are certain it will soon become a place full of beloved outdoor memories.