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Mississippi Valley Partners welcomes you to Lake Pepin & the Mississippi Valley
 From a past President...
Welcome to one of the most scenic areas in America — Lake Pepin and the Mississippi Valley! We are the Mississippi Valley Partners (MVP), a non-profit organization of Wisconsin and Minnesota business owners and other volunteers who are dedicated to promoting our scenery, wildlife, communities, and recreational activities. This travel planner, our 13th edition, is designed to assist you in your search for lodging, restaurants, shopping, recreation, and services in our area. In the center of this guide, you will find a useful map to guide your journey around the lake, from the quaint Wisconsin villages of Bay City, Maiden Rock, Stockholm, Pepin, Nelson and Alma, to the old Minnesota river towns of Red Wing, Frontenac, Lake City, Camp Lacupolis, Reads Landing, Wabasha, Winona,and Kellogg.

The 100-mile (137km) circle route around Lake Pepin is a spectacular drive, with scenic overlooks, historical markers and other attractions set in between towering bluffs and charming river towns. Wildlife is abundant, and there are great opportunities for watching hundreds of eagles and thousands of tundra swans during spring and fall migrations. Trillions of trilliums and other wildflowers dot the landscape in the spring. Many of the river towns have town gardens, and many businesses have garden patios. Fall drives offer prime color viewing with a variety of activities to highlight the best of the season. During the winter you can watch the eagles fishing from ice floes on the lake.

Historic buildings, quaint antique shops, unique specialty stores and gift shops are prominent features of these picturesque river towns and villages of the Mississippi Valley. These old river towns are also home to some of the best restaurants and cafes in the country! A visit to one of the many art studios and galleries in the area is another popular activity.

Lake Pepin is a haven for boating enthusiasts. Whether fishing, kayaking or sailing, you will find many marinas and boat launch access points available. World-class biking, hiking, and ski trails wind between the river and scalloped, wooded bluffs. The Mississippi is a grand river, and one of its grandest stretches is Lake Pepin. From any perspective, throughout the year, the views around Lake Pepin are breathtaking.

Once again on behalf of the MVP organization, we’d like to welcome you and encourage you to tell your friends, family, and co-workers about the great time you’ve spent here. Each and every one of the businesses advertising here want your trip to our area to be as enjoyable as possible... please patronize their businesses during your visit. America will stand strong with keeping the economy going. Please join us in future travels as well and let us know feedback on our website. Thank you.

We invite you to join us in sharing the beauty and special experiences of the region. Bring others with you next time!
MVP | PO Box 1 | Wabasha, MN 55981