The Pepin Area


Pepin, Lake   
(pĕpīĬn, pĬpī-) , a widening of the Mississippi River, 21 mi (34 km) long and c.3 mi (5 km) wide, SE Minn., between Wabasha and Red Wing; formed by a natural dam of silt dropped by the Chippewa River.
Lake Pepin is the largest natural lake that is part of the Mississippi River, forms part of the boundary between Minnesota and Wisconsin. The biggest tourist-vacation spot on the lake on the Wisconsin side is in the city of Pepin.

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The entire area around Pepin is very scenic during every season of the year. In early Spring Eagles can be found in the trees lining the Lake Pepin shore waiting for a tasty bite as the ice goes out. Early Spring is also when Eagles can be seen as they rest on their nest hatching their eggs. Watching beautiful sunsets over the contrasting blue Lake Pepin water is a must in the Summer. Spectacular fall color shows on the bluffs are not to be missed. Wintertime presents bluffs covered with the beautiful white snow  and an opportunity to the view vast expanse of the frozen Lake Pepin.

 Today's visitors come to Pepin to enjoy a few days on Pepin Lake, tour the community or engage in numerous activities.

A very popular place to visit in Pepin is the birthplace and museum dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the famed Little House on the Prairie books. The museum is conveniently located across the street from the Inn.

Pepin is also a popular and scenic place for visitors to pursue their recreational interests. Popular activities include bicycling, motorcycling, boating, sailing, geocaching, bird watching, snowmobiling, ice sailing, hunting and fishing.

Fishing is always in season at Lake Pepin and the surrounding areas. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has information to help visitors.

Sail Lake Pepin, or Learn to Sail on Lake Pepin with On-Deck Seminars and Charters.

During the off-season, Pepin tends to quiet down a bit. But, as many returning guests say, they like to take advantage of that time and enjoy the sleepy town all to themselves, since there are fewer tourists in town. They get to enjoy the Inn, drive up and down the Great River Road, and spot bald eagles nesting in the treetops. On a Friday or Saturday they can take advantage of the famous local fish and shrimp fry. Pepin is the perfect off-season retreat when you really want some rest and relaxation.

There are two convenience stores, antique and other specialty shops, a gourmet coffee shop and several restaurants including the famous Harbor View Café, and of course…beautiful Lake Pepin.


Our name is inspired by the Italian word for beauty--Bellezza--and the stunning river bluff drive to our doors. Designed to evoke a small Mediterranean village, the building of Villa Bellezza surrounds a charming central piazza where friends can gather and relax.

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2015 Annual Events

July 5  LIONS CLUB TRACTOR PULL at the Sportsman's Park 715-442-5335
Sept 13-14

LAURA INGALLS WILDER Day Festival 715-442-3011

A "Pepin Laura" contest, traditional demonstrations, arts and crafts, booths, a fiddle contest, good food and great entertainment

July 6, 7, 8 Community celebration and a lighted boat parade which can be viewed from the shores of Lake Pepin


Sept 20 49th Annual Fall Flood Motorcycle Rally The Flood Run has been a charity run since the original 12 bikers rode the 90 miles to Winona and threw sandbags helping in the 1965 floods! floodrun
Oct 5 & 6 "Fall Fresh Art Studio Tour" Fall tour Click on Fresh Art for more information 715-672-8188
Oct 23-26

FLYWAY FILM FESTIVAL over 30 films. For further information, click on: Fly Way Film Festival

Dec 6 & 7 Pepin Hometown Holidays Holiday shopping, cookie making, fruitcake catapult, prizes  715-442-2201

Historic Museums

(Laura Ingalls Wilder Society)
Highway 35 and Prairie Street (Next to Kwik Stop)
Open Daily May 15-October 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Books and Souvenirs
Pepinīs history

Highway 35 at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Park
800 3rd Street
Open Daily April 1 through October 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Natural & Scenic Attractions

2 Miles East of Pepin on Highway 35
Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Nature Study
Primitive Camping is allowed by PERMIT ONLY
Permit Available at DNR, Alma, Wisconsin 54610


Public Water Access

DANīS PEPIN MARINA 715-442-4900
1st & Lake Street
Open May 1st to October 15th
Overnight Dockage, Full Facilities

Boat Docks/Landings (Free)
To Lake Pepin off Highway 35 between Pepin and Stockholm

3 Miles East of Pepin adjacent to the 
Chippewa River Bridge along Highway 35

Near Marina
Public Access
Bathrooms, Fish Cleaning


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Wisconsin Lakes


Recreational Areas

800 Third Street (Highway 35)helters, Playground Equipment
Water & Toilets