Lake Pepin

Natural lake on the Mississippi River in Minnesota and Wisconsin, United States

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Lake Pepin
Lake from the Minnesota side
Lake Pepin is located in Wisconsin
Lake Pepin
Lake Pepin
LocationGoodhue / Wabasha counties in Minnesota and
Pepin County, Wisconsin
Coordinates44°29′54″N 92°18′05″W / 44.4982°N 92.3013°W / 44.4982; -92.3013Coordinates: 44°29′54″N 92°18′05″W / 44.4982°N 92.3013°W / 44.4982; -92.3013
Primary inflowsMississippi River
Primary outflowsMississippi River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area45.7 sq mi (118 km2)
Average depth21 ft (6.4 m)
Max. depth60 ft (18 m)
SettlementsLake City, Bay City, Pepin, Maiden Rock, Stockholm, Maple Springs, Camp Lacupolis, Reads Landing
Lake Pepin from Wisconsin side

Lake Pepin is a naturally occurring lake on the Mississippi River on the border between the U.S. states of Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is located in a valley carved by the outflow of an enormous glacial lake at the end of the last Ice Age. The lake formed when the Mississippi, a successor to the glacial river, was partially dammed by a delta from a tributary stream and spread out across the ancient valley.

Lake Pepin is now a corridor for water, highway, and rail transportation. Known as the birthplace of water skiing, it hosts a variety of recreational activities.

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Where can I visit?

  • Stockholm, Wisconsin

    Village in Wisconsin, United States

  • Florence Township, Goodhue County, Minnesota

    Township in Minnesota, United States

  • Stockholm (town), Wisconsin

    Town in Wisconsin, United States

  • Maiden Rock, Wisconsin

    Village in Wisconsin, United States

  • Maiden Rock (town), Wisconsin
  • Lake Pepin
  • Rush River (Wisconsin)
  • Frontenac State Park
  • Little House Wayside
  • Lund, Wisconsin

    Unincorporated community in Wisconsin, United States

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