On the Shores of Beautiful Lake Pepin, Birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder
The village of Pepin was established in 1856 by the Pepin brothers, two early French trappers who were enchanted with the natural beauty of the area. Historically, the village was a steamboat boomtown familiar to Mark Twain and wealthy Chicago socialites who summered on Lake Pepin.
A world-famous past resident is also an attraction for thousands of visitors to Pepin each year. Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in a small log cabin just 7 miles north of the village, where her early childhood adventures became the basis of her book “Little House in the Big Woods.” A reconstruction of the original cabin built by Pa Ingalls sits at the birth site on County Road CC. In the heart of Pepin is the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum where people can learn more about Laura’s life and the early history of Pepin. Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, a celebration that’s held the second weekend of September, brings Laura’s era back to life for young and old.
The Pepin Depot Museum offers railroad and steamboat historical displays and memorabilia for history buffs, all housed in an authentic 1890s railroad depot which sits in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park on the Great River Road in the middle of Pepin.
If you wish to extend your stay in Pepin overnight, we know you’ll find pleasure at one of our modern motels or beautifully restored B&B’s. If you enjoy camping, Pepin offers a fully-equipped campground. And be sure to come to Pepin hungry! We offer dining options to satisfy a variety of tastes, from fine cuisine to burgers ‘n beer to deli fare to dessert ‘n coffee, to malts ‘n ice cream treats. If you’re shopping for unique gifts, artwork, jewelry, clothing, or antiques, you must browse through the shops and galleries in Pepin to visit with the local artisans, collectors, or Pepin’s own blacksmith.
Shop for fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, lawn and garden ornaments, metal art and perennials, all featured in outdoor markets.
One of our main attractions is Lake Pepin, which provides great fishing and recreational boating. The summer season offers a sandy beach for swimming and sunbathing. Hundreds of sailboats, many of them moored in Pepin’s lovely marina, dot the horizon as they sparkle along the surface of the lake. The marina offers seasonal and overnight dockage as well as boat launching services. A public ramp is nearby with a fish cleaning station and public rest rooms.
We invite you to get acquainted with our charming village on the shores of Lake Pepin.
• Visit historically-accurate reconstructed log cabin were Laura Ingalls Wilder was born and what prairie pioneer life, just seven miles north of Pepin on County Road CC
• Take a walk on the docks of Pepin Marina and enjoy the shops and restaurant along the water. Bring your boat to launch.
• Enjoy Tiffany Wildlife Area – a 13,000 acre refuge offering wildlife watching, semi-wilderness canoeing, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing
• Stay the weekend in one of our bed and breakfast inns or camp at local campgrounds.