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Lake Pepin, Red Wing

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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Lake Pepin is a naturally occurring lake, and the widest naturally occurring part of the Mississippi River, located approximately 60 miles downstream from Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is a widening of the river on the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin. The formation of the lake was caused by the backup of water behind the sedimentary deposits of the Chippewa River's delta. It has a surface area of about 40sqmi and an average depth of 21ft, which makes it the largest Lake on the entire Mississippi River.The wide area of the lake stretches from Bay City, Wisconsin, in the north, down past Pepin, Wisconsin, and Reads Landing, Minnesota, in the south, with Pepin being just upstream from where the Chippewa River enters the Mississippi. The villages of Maiden Rock and Stockholm border on the Wisconsin side, while Frontenac State Park takes up a large part of the Minnesota side. The largest city on the waterfront is Lake City, Minnesota.There are three marinas on the lake: the Lake City Marina, and Hansen's Harbor, both in Lake City, and Dan's Pepin Marina in Pepin, Wisconsin. There is also a private dock for the customers of the Pickle Factory restaurant in Pepin. In the winter, there are ice roads that cross the lake.
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  • Lake Pepin is that portion of the Upper Mississippi between Minnesota and Wisconsin that begins many miles south of Red Wing, MN and extends many miles south of Pepin, WI. At its widest, it is several...  read more »
  • Whether you drive along the Minnesota or Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin you will not be disappointed. On both sides of the river there is a vast selection of hotels, B&B's, restaurants and shops to enjo...  read more »
  • I love to sit and enjoy the view along Lake Pepin. There are seagulls,hawks and an occasional eagle. The sailboats docked in Lake City make a nice picture. There are pretty view from both the Minnesot...  read more »
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