No matter the time of year, find fun here!
Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall adventures and activities await!
TOUR DE PEPIN
Held the first Saturday in June, Tour de Pepin offers bicyclists from amateur to expert an opportunity to experience Lake Pepin from the saddle. The Lake City Chamber of Commerce hosts this supported ride, which features a dozen manned rest areas with food and water and your choice of routes.
SPRING BIRD MIGRATION
According to Audubon, Lake Pepin is described as the “best bird habitat in the State of Minnesota, especially for migrant birds.” In the spring and fall, nature puts on one of its most magnificent shows right here in Lake City. Visit our bird-watching page for more info.
Lake City is famous for world-class angling on Lake Pepin, in fact Lake City was selected to host the 2021 World Walleye Championship. We also have numerous trout streams close by that offer browns, rainbows, and brookies!
Get outdoors in one of Lake City’s beautiful city parks. From lakeshore swimming and strolling to baseball fields and playgrounds, stop and smell the spring flowers in Lake City’s parks.
There is an abundance of beautiful rooms, condos, and rental homes available with gorgeous Lake Pepin views in Lake City. Spring is the perfect time to treat yourself to a dream lakeside getaway with your family, your sweetie, or yourself!
GIRL’S DAY OUT
Calling all shoppers, fun havers, and Spring lovers! Shop, dine, and more in downtown Lake City during Girls Day Out! Experience a relaxing day of amazing sales, drawings, shopping, dining and taking in all the beautiful sights of Lake Pepin.
HIGH TEA at the CHICKADEE
Experience afternoon tea when the Chickadee Cottage Cafe opens again for the season in spring. Reservations are a must for this unique 5-course experience that is perfect for celebrations, showers, mother/daughter outings or girls’ weekends!
100 MILE GARAGE SALE
Lake City is the epicenter for the incomparable 100 Mile Garage Sale each year in May. Find treasures galore along the Great River Road, while stopping for dining and drinks along the way!
GOLF LAKE CITY
You’ve waited all winter to hit the links again, why not go all in with a weekend trip to Lake City- one of the premier golf destinations in the Midwest? With 5 courses (including the world-class Jewel Golf Club) within 15 minutes of downtown, Lake City needs to be on every golfer’s bucket list.
WATER SKI DAYS
Held the last full weekend in June, Water Ski Days is the quintessential summer party. In 2022 Lake City celebrates 50 years of this fun festival and 100 years as the ‘Birthplace of Water Skiing’ with concerts, classic cars, parades, carnival rides, and of course, water ski show performances.
BOOK A SAIL
Feel the wind in your hair on beautiful Lake Pepin when you schedule a charter sail with Lake City Sailing. This is your opportunity to see what all the buzz is about. Who knows, it may lead to the next chapter of your life!
The Pearl of the Lake Paddleboat sets off on cruises from the north edge of town from the docks by Willows on the River. Hear tales of the river, sip a favorite beverage and marvel at Lake City’s natural beauty.
CAMP WITH THE FAMILY
Wake up to the sounds of gentle waves lapping and birds singing in the Lake City area. Between Frontenac State Park, Hok Si La, and Lake Pepin Camping, you’re sure to find the right fit for your RV. trailer, or tent!
You know that Lake City boasts some of the best beaches anywhere on the Mississippi, well this is one of the biggest beach parties on the river! Bring your lily pad or other floatation device and come hang with us. 100’s of folks gather in Lake City in mid-August to celebrate one of the greatest summer pastimes ever… Floating! This is a perfect event for families, with kid’s entertainment, food trucks, and fun, fun, fun!
LAND A LUNKER
Experience Lake City, home of the 2021 Walleye World Championship. Discover phenomenal shore-fishing and multiple public launches on majestic Lake Pepin for world-class freshwater angling. Guide services and boat rentals are available.
While the spring and fall migrations bring a multitude of avian action to the area, and watching the eagles patrol the ice is an epic winter sight, summer is also a fantastic time to bring your binoculars to Lake City. The bluffs and shores are alive with the sights and sounds of our fine feathered friends!
Enjoy this family oriented-triathlon featuring a 2.5-mile kayaking section on Lake Pepin, a 14-mile bike section north of Lake City looping thought old and new Frontenac, and closes with a 5K run south on the river walk. Set for August 13, 2022
From Lake City you can find days and days worth of beautiful drives, perfect for leaf peeping! Whether you enjoy twisting your way through bluffs on county roads or hugging Lake Pepin on Highway 61, you can’t beat Lake City for amazing colors and vistas.
PEPIN HEIGHTS ORCHARD
The Pepin Heights Store in Lake City, MN has all your fall essentials. Find tons of local gifts, crafts and products, delicious pies and baked goods, apple cider and of course – locally grown apples! .
Ok, real talk- there’s no better place to experience the colorful season than on the shores of Lake Pepin in Lake City. Don’t believe us, well come experience us in all our red, gold, and orange glory with a month of family friendly weekend celebrations throughout October.
JOHNNY APPLESEED DAYS
Lake City’s premier autumn event generally occurs the first weekend in October. This 2 day hootenanny is family friendly and super fun. Celebrate the apple harvest and our creative community. Live Music, Food Trucks, Arts, Craft, and Repurposed Item Vendors, Beer Garden, and even a pie eating contest!
Lake City retail businesses celebrate the opening weekend of deer hunting season with mighty sales and fun festivities. While the Buck’s away, the Doe will play! You won’t want to miss Doe Days in 2022!
There’s no better time or place for nature lovers than autumn in Lake City! Explore miles of trails at Frontenac State Park or Hok Si La and take in the breathtaking colors and gorgeous Lake Pepin views.
HAUNTED HOK SI LA
Just spooky enough to be suitable for all ages! Free and open to the public! Join us at the beautiful Hok Si La Park and Campground for an evening of stories, smores, and a stroll through the “graveyard”.
Take time at the Wabasha Co Historical Museum or sip house-made brews at the Brewing Company. This little village just south of Lake City on Highway 61 is a short, delightful drive from Lake City
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Groomed trails at Hok Si La Park and Frontenac State Park attract skiers of all ages and skill levels. Our bluffs, valleys and forests provide stunning scenery and protection from winter winds.
Skate under the stars (or any time) or polish up your slap shot at Underwood Park’s leisure and hockey rinks and warming house.
The best of this enduring winter pastime is right on our front porch. The locals target blue gills, bass and lunker walleye and pike. There’s easy access for those who need to unload their fish house. Check our outdoors page for fishing contests.
Harness winter winds! Host to several North American regattas, Lake Pepin’s wide expanse provides outstanding conditions for racing or enjoying a speedy weekend on the ice. Contact the Lake Pepin Ice Yacht Club for more information.
From November through April, bald eagles migrate along the Mississippi River, and about 50 nesting pairs remain in the Lake Pepin area year-round. See them perch, soar and fish. There are many spots on the Great River Road between Lake City and Wabasha that offer thrilling, close-up viewing opportunities.
FAT TIRE BIKING
Biking is popular year round in the Lake City area. You can ride the Tour de Pepin in the spring, but for aficionados of Fat Tire cycling, Lake City not only holds its Fired Up! tour in February, but also is a great place to find plenty of spots to ride your trusty stead on snowy trails or frozen water.