- The "Gorge of the Midwest" Lake
Pepin is one of our state's finest. When the winds line up with the river
and flow in the opposite direction, Lake Pepin lives up to it's nickname.
The venturi effect of the bluffs magnify the wind and the size of the swell
increases with the flow of the current. The 1 3/4 hour drive from Minneapolis
is beautiful and well worth it if the winds cooperate. Best directions are
SE, SSE and E. If the wind could shift south don't risk it because south winds
are extremely gusty and full of downdrafts from the bluffs. West and Northwest
winds can be sailed from the town of Pepin on the Wisconsin side. Because
of the venturi effect slalom sails are usually a meter smaller than in the
cities if the direction is right. Pepin is sailable before most of the lakes
thaw, but look out for floating debris in early spring.
Kiting: Most launches are pretty difficult. Any problems
and you could end up way down river. Fly with caution.
- Roadside Park: Coming from
the north the first sight of the lake is near a road side park. This launch
works better if the wind has more of a southerly component. The facilities
are brand new and the park is well maintained.
- The point in Lake City: Pepin
at its best. At the end of the point that juts out from the marina is
a small parking lot 15 feet above the water. On the outside the swells
can be awesome, on the inside the glassy water on the leaward side of
the point make for smooth drawnout jibes. There are no facilities on the
point but the town is only a few blocks away. Upwind of the point and
the marina the swells grow another notch and make for big airtime. Works
with S, E and NW winds
- The Marina in the Town of
Pepin, WI. Cross the river at Red Wing and work your way down the east
side of the lake. There is a nice rigging area and launch. Works with
W and NW winds.
- How to Get
- Lake City-Take 52 south of the
cities to 61. Take 61 east through the Red Wing to Lake City. If going to
the east side cross the river at Red Wing and at the first main intersection