A Rustic Village in the Hills and Forests of South Lake Pepin
Nestled among hills and forests on the shores of southern Lake Pepin, just off Hwy 61 between Wabasha and Lake City, lies a secluded, peaceful little village of log cabins and fisherman’s campers called Camp Lacupolis.
The rustic village, founded in 1861 by European settlers, was a stagecoach stop at the end of a trail leading from the hills, visitors would camp overnight and travel to Lake City by boat. The name “Camp Lacupolis,” means “Camp Lake City” in Greek.
The Mississippi was a main artery of commerce and transportation for the native people and new settlers. Loggers floated logs down the Chippewa River and held them in the large bay until steamboats arrived to take the huge masses of logs farther downstream for use in building. “Steamboat Bay,” as it became known, is now one of the many choice fishing spots near Camp Lacupolis.
Lake Pepin boasts of great fishing, including walleye, small and large mouth bass, northern pike, panfish, and striped bass; eagles have returned in great numbers, beautiful wildflowers and perennial gardens.
Camp Lacupolis features many amenities including: rustic log cabins, large multi-family group cabins and romantic sunsets, a concrete boat-launching ramp, a protected harbor with dock space, dockside gas, bait house, boat rental (bring your own motor), fish-cleaning area, and a folksy down-home coffee shop.
- The many services at the camp include cabin rental, camping, boat and motor rental, gas and oil, as well as bait and lures.
- The deepest part of Lake Pepin, 70 to 80 feet, attracts scores of varieties of fish to the ledges and drop-offs.
- Find walleye, northern pike, striped, small and large-mouth bass, crappies, pan fish, bluegills, and catfish. Bait, lures, and helpful advice at the camp.