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Lake Pepin Wildlife Area

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Lake Pepin Wildlife Area

Lake Pepin Wildlife Area was originally purchased in 1969-1970 for the purpose of developing a State Park along Lake Pepin. The state park was never developed and eventually reverted to state wildlife area. Prior to State ownership, this property was used primarily for recreation, agriculture and forestry.

State Highway 35 serves as a dividing line between habitat types on tis property, as the highway is situated right at the base of the bluffs overlooking Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River. The portion of the property lying between the highway and Lake Pepin generally consists of a mix of bottomland hardwood tree species and brush. As you cross Highway 35 to the north, the vegetation transitions to mostly central hardwoods, predominantly red oak, white oak and black walnut. Roughly 60 acres on the north side of Highway 35 is extrememly steep and, for all practical purposes, inaccessible.

Exception presence of mature black walnut exists on this property as well as spectacular views of Lake Pepin from atop the bluffs.

Lake Pepin Wildlife Area is located on state Highway 35, immediately south of the Village of Stockholm, and about 3 miles north/northwest of Pepin.


The primary objective of the Wildlife Area is to be managed for wildlife habitat, maintain a unique parcel of state land along Lake Pepin with diverse flora and fauna and to use timber management techniques that protect the sensitive bluffland ecosystem while also maintaining a diversity of age classes in the forest cover types present.

Interim Forest Management Plan (1986) [PDF]


The Lake Pepin Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities.

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hunting - deer, turkeys, waterfowl and small game
  • Trapping
  • Wild edibles/gathering
  • Wildlife viewing

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Last revised: Tuesday March 24 2020