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Lake Pepin, Red Wing

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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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  • Spent a couple of hours on Lake Pepin during 4th of July weekend. Was not busy - lots of sailboats. Good boat ramp!!!  more »
  • You can see a lot of boats on this lake at any time other than winter. Being a large lake and susceptible to wind, it's a place for sailboats. Always fun to see all of the boats in nice weather. Prett...  more »
  • Had a great time on the lake. It's huge, and we saw it by boat, but the road also passes along it, and the lake front in Lake City is lovely. Worth a stop! We saw sail boarders, sail skiing, and lots ...  more »

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