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1 GREAT DESTINATION
RED WING VISITORS &
CHAMBER & CVB
The crystalline waters of Beaver Creek
Valley State Park near Caledonia are
home to brown and native brook trout
swimming between hardwood-covered
bluffs that rise as high as 250 feet above
the creek. To the north are Whitewater
and Carley state parks, on different forks
of the Whitewater River near Altura.
Birthplace of Waterskiing
The driftless portion of the Mississippi
is likewise dominated by high bluffs
overlooking the water, including the
river’s widest naturally occurring point
at Lake Pepin, where waterskiing was
invented. It’s also one of the best birding
locations in the state.
Near the northern end of the lake is
Frontenac State Park, with magnificent
river overlooks and trails traversing
bluffs, prairies and river floodplains.
Drive-in and RV camping is available,
along with a handful of more remote
cart-in campsites. To the south is
Lake City, where the Pearl of the Lake
paddleboat offers 90-minute excursions
on Lake Pepin.
South of Winona is Great River Bluffs
State Park, complete with camping,
hiking and incredible views of the river
valley. Comfortable rooms are available
at several hotels, inns and bed-and-breakfasts in town.
Almost all of the local towns boast
antique stores and gift shops. Driving
through the countryside on a nice day,
it’s common to come across big yard
sales and flea markets full of great finds.
Raising the bar on that tradition, a
four-day weekend in early May features
a “100-Mile Garage Sale” stretching from
Hastings to Winona, with countless
shops and individuals participating.
Overlooking the river in Wabasha is
the National Eagle Center, where wild
bald eagles can be spotted through two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows, or from
the terraced plaza outside. The center
also offers daily live eagle programs
featuring the bald and golden eagles
that reside at the center.
At Lark Toys in Kellogg, kids and
grown-ups can ride a carousel of
whimsical hand-carved animals, from
horses and ostriches to pelicans,
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