A Village in the Bluffs Offering Activities Year Round
Maiden Rock is a small village nestled in the foothills and bluffs, perched on the edge of Lake Pepin, with a 25-mile wide panoramic view of the lake. The village was founded in the early 1850s by two brothers, Amos and Albert Harris, who called it Harrisburg. The name was changed to Maiden Rock in 1857.
Pick up a copy of the Maiden Rock Press in the local shops for happenings, as well as clips from the past for the “good old days.” The Maiden Rock Area Community Association (MRACA) sponsors: Winter Bonfire Fest the first Saturday in February at the Village Park, around a roaring bonfire of old Christmas trees, food and refreshments; Summerfest the third Saturday in June, celebrating the beauty of summer along the river, from mid-morning until midnight, includes a parade, silent auction, live music, tours of the sand mine, vendors, children’s games, a walk-a-thon and food; first Saturday of December “A Country Christmas” with a pancake breakfast, santa’s elves, pictures with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides and a concert.
Downtown attractions include art galleries, a gourmet bakery, café, bars, a coffee house, an organic farmers’ market, and a lodge retreat for family groups and events.
Maiden Rock villagers welcome visitors to use the lakeside park, stroll between intriguing shops, and enjoy bird watching or biking along the Great River Road. Hikers enjoy the spectacular view from the top of historic Maiden Rock Bluff as well as the Pine Creek Restoration Area conservancy areas.
- Residents bring their old Christmas trees to the annual Winter Bonfire Fest, held each February
- Be sure to take time out to enjoy boating and fishing opportunities on Lake Pepin
- Camping at Village Park is always a fun family-oriented event
- The village sits on Maiden Rock Bluff, site of a Dakota maiden’s legendary leap to avoid a forced marriage. The bluff and more than 200 acres were preserved in 2004 and provide public access to habitat and some of the most stunning views of Lake Pepin