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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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  • September 13, 2017
    Don't miss a chance to see the Eagles hunting and the colors changing on this part of the river. You may even get a chance to see the American Queen or the American Dutchess paddle boats.  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    Beautiful lake nice beaches.. Cute quaint town surrounding with lots of quirky shops. Love the vibe here  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Very large scenic part of the Mississippi river. Best observed from a boat on the lake itself. Always wildlife around the lake including bald eagles.  more »

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