Lake Pepin

First tow traverses Lake Pepin just before official start of spring

Mar 24, 2021
On March 19, the Motor Vessel R. Clayton McWhorter, originating from the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois and pushing 12 barges en route to St. Paul was locked through Lock and Dam 3, near Welch, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tow is the first vessel of the 2021 navigation...

Ice disappearing from Lake Pepin

Mar 17, 2021
Photographer Steve Brown captured this image of the beach at Hok-Si-La Park as the winter ice pulls away from shore. “No swimmers at the beach,” he wrote. “Won’t be long and the ice will be all gone.”

Extreme colors herald gray days

Mar 17, 2021
An extra-vivid sunrise over the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin as seen from Marina Point. “Incredible colors this morning announcing the snow about to come,” wrote photographer Ben Threinen, who took this photo. And the snow did come. And things were gray for days.

Ice disappearing from Lake Pepin

Mar 17, 2021
Photographer Steve Brown captured this image of the beach at Hok-Si-La Park as the winter ice pulls away from shore. “No swimmers at the beach,” he wrote. “Won’t be long and the ice will be all gone.”

Skating and soaring

Mar 3, 2021
Skaters and kite-flyers gathered at the government pier beach Saturday for a late-winter pop-up event.

Poetry - Juxtaposition

Mar 3, 2021
One of my high school friends described me as “so logical’, I’ve always liked math and algebra, mysteries, and problem solving. In my jobs, I was guided by rules and statutes, best practices, and the like. I’ve never been a fan of sarcasm…literal is easy - it’s straight forward. I know what a...

Skating and kiting party planned for Saturday

Feb 24, 2021
Another pop-up event is coming to the Lake Pepin ice near the government pier this weekend. Mark Nichols announced the “Pop-up Winter Kite Flying and Skating Get-together” Tuesday on Facebook. He’s inviting people come to the government pier beach Saturday, Feb. 27, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for...

Saturday was an ice day for many

Jan 6, 2021
What began with a text message late last week resulted in an ice rink on Lake Pepin that was still in use Tuesday, Jan. 5. Along the way the rink was the site of a skating party Saturday, Jan. 2, that attracted a few hundred people over the course of a few hours for skating, music, an outdoor...

Skaters take to lake, ponds

Dec 30, 2020
It’s been cold lately, but not cold enough for long enough to get a skating surface on the Lake City ice skating rink at Underwood Park. Lake City Public Works Director Scott Jensen said that with a shallow rink and a dark surface that absorbs heat, ice on the rink can begin to melt in...

Pro bass anglers compete on Lake Pepin

Aug 26, 2020
Forty-seven anglers competed in a Champions Tour bass fishing tournament Friday, Aug. 21, on Mississippi River Pool 4, including Lake Pepin. Matt Peters of Waconia, Minn., won the $12,000 prize, catching 126 pounds, 5 ounces, of fish between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. The largest...

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