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

Tour de Pepin 2021

Tour de Pepin returns to Lake City in 2021!

The Lake City Chamber of Commerce and our sponsors are proud to host the 14th annual Tour de Pepin on Saturday June 5th, 2021!

This year, Tour de Pepin will be headquartered at Roschen Park, about a mile south of Lake City’s downtown, right on the iconic Highway 61. (see maps page). At Roschen Park you will register on Friday evening (5-8pm) or Saturday morning. It will be the start line and the finish, and will be where the Pearl of the Lake Paddleboat will launch and land in Lake City. Please Note: We are asking ride participants NOT to park in the Roschen Park lot, but to find spots in the surrounding neighborhoods. Also, for the sake of safety, please be extra cautious when crossing Highway 61 either on foot or on your bicycle.

All of what you love about the region’s premier bike tour returns and more. In 2021 we have added a 40 mile ride option that begins with a paddle boat ride from Lake City to Stockholm, WI. From Stockholm you’ll ride north through Maiden Rock and Bay City, then you’ll cross the mighty Mississippi at Red Wing, where you’ll head south through Frontenac and finish your ride in Lake City!

After your ride at Roschen Park, you can enjoy brews from our newest Gold Sponsor, Island City Brewery, food from Origin Food Truck, and music from Mike Munson and Mikkel Beckmen with opening act, Matt Marek!

Saturday June 5, 2021

registration open now! 

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
40 Miles Quarante
This forty mile option starts in Lake City at Roschen park where you will first board The Pearl of the Lake paddleboat for a trip across Lake Pepin to Stockholm. From Stockholm your cycling adventure begins with a 9 mile ride 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. 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. 
www.maidenrock.org www.baycitywi.org www.redwing.org
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.
www.maidenrock.org
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.
www.baycitywi.orgwww.redwing.org
100 Miles Siècle
100miThe 2019 route begins in Lake City at Ohuta Park and follows the same route around the lake as other riders. Once you take the bridge over to Red Wing, continue on Hwy 61 south until you reach 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 where Old Frontenac meets Hwy 61.

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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.

100 E Lyon Ave., Lake City, MN 55041

651.345.4123

Photos from PREVIOUS Tour de Pepin Tours

Thank You to our 2021 Tour de Pepin Sponsors!


GOLD SPONSORS

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Ardent Mills                                City of Lake City    Culligan Water               Innovative Chiropractic

New Image Windows and Siding    Pepin Valley Dental      Mayo Health System     Island City Brewery

SILVER SPONSORS

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Buffalo River Johns    Pen Communications   Olmsted Medical Center   North Risk Partners   Lake Hits 95   Stockholm Pie Company

BRONZE SPONSORS

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Alliance Bank   Fiesta Foods   Lake City Federal   Stockholm, WI   AmericInn by Wyndham   Kwik Trip   Handy Mart   Pickle Factory   Chickadee Cottage Cafe