A bicycle & paddleboat tour of Lake Pepin

“Best Annual Bike Ride”   -WCCO-CBS Local

“One of the Best Weekend Bicycle Tours in the Upper Midwest”  -Midwest Weekends

The 11th Annual Tour de Pepin

Saturday June 2, 2018


Welcome to the Tour de Pepin! Join us for the midwest’s most unique cycling tour. Enjoy captivating terrain and historic towns around Lake Pepin along the Great River Road, as well as scenic views from the comfort of a genuine replica 1800s paddleboat.

Join us for the midwest’s most unique cycling tour. Enjoy captivating terrain and historic towns around Lake Pepin along the Great River Road, as well as scenic views from the comfort of a genuine replica 1800s paddleboat.

Scroll to bottom of page for complete tour details.

Tour de Pepin is produced by the Lake City Chamber of Commerce at 651.345.4123.

Proceeds from Tour de Pepin benefit


Tour de Pepin Ride Options

32 Miles Mileu

milieu32miBegin your tour in historic Lake City, where Ralph Samuelson introduced water skiing to the world. Ride south on Hwy. 61 (the Great River Road) to Wabasha, home of the National Eagle Center.  There you will cross the Mississippi River into Nelson, WI. Riders will travel through the Tiffany Wildlife Area and the Chippewa backwaters to Pepin, WI. Pepin, made famous by past resident Laura Ingalls Wilder, is 712 feet above sea level; a hundred feet lower than Nelson. From Pepin make your way through rolling farmland and wooded countryside to Stockholm, WI, where the Pearl of the Lake paddleboat will escort you a mile-and-a-half across of the Mississippi River back to Lake City.
www.wabashamn.org  •  www.pepinwisconsin.com  •  www.stockholmwisconsin.com

50 Miles DeMi Siècle

demi50This half-century ride starts in Lake City and follows the Milieu tour to Stockholm. Take a brief stop at the rest area in Stockholm, and then continue on another 9 miles to the scenic rest area past the town of Maiden Rock. State Highway 35 hugs Lake Pepin along most of its Wisconsin shore and has been called one of the most scenic drives in America. Take in the view and return to Stockholm on Hwy. 35. There, you can board a shuttle back to Lake City on the Pearl of the Lake paddlewheeler.

72 Miles Lac Plein

lacplein72mi  Experience the curves and twists of the entire Great River Road loop that surrounds Lake Pepin. The Lac Plein tour begins and ends in Lake City, MN. This tour follows the same route from Lake City in Minnesota to Maiden Rock in Wisconsin. Continue the journey from Maiden Rock to Bay City, a hilly eight-mile stretch ranging in elevations of 690 feet to over 1100 feet. From Bay City, you’ll follow the Great River Road back across the river into Red Wing, MN, recently named one of the top 12 historic communities in the nation. The Red Wing to Frontenac trip is a 10 mile flat stretch for easy coasting, and in another five miles you will be back to the starting point in Lake City. Cruising the entire circuit of Lake Pepin is an incredible mix of flat land, steep hills and winding bluff country, with an added touch of incomparable, natural beauty.

100 Miles Siècle

100miIn 2014, Tour de Pepin created a century ride touring option. The 2016 route begins south of Red Wing at Flower Valley Road, where you have the option of using a designated bike trail. Take an easy cruise through this scenic valley, and then ride on a short stretch on Hwy 58 to Cty 5 Blvd. Your climbing challenge begins here, through lush, winding terrain. Take a right on Cty 2 Blvd for wide open views of bluff country farmlands. Continue on Cty 3, with rugged exposed limestone bluffs and winding ascents. Use caution when entering onto 58, and return to the challenges of Cty 5. Go left at the Cty 2 intersection. This beautiful stretch is heavily shaded, and you may spot woodland wildlife. Cross 61 and continue on Cty 2 toward Frontenac State Park through Wells Creek watershed. You are now re-joining the Lac Plein course and passing through historic Old Frontenac, with a stunning Lake Pepin view before the rest stop at the Villa Maria.

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Maps & Rest Areas

View the route details online. Tour de Pepin provides rest stops, restroom and water and snacks along the route, find out where here.

Rules & Safety FAQs

Have questions about the Tour de Pepin rules and safety? Find you answers here. Or contact us with your questions.

Contact Us

Feel free to stop by, call, send us an email or visit our Facebook page. We’re here for you! Our office hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
101 W. Center Street, Lake City, MN 55041

Photos from 2017 Tour de Pepin

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