“Best Annual Bike Ride” -WCCO-CBS Local
“One of the Best Weekend Bicycle Tours in the Upper Midwest” -Midwest Weekends
Tour de Pepin Ride Options
32 Miles Mileu
Begin 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
This 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
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.org • www.redwing.org
100 Miles Siècle
In 2014, Tour de Pepin created a century ride touring option. The 2018 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.