An Historic Mississippi River Town with a Beautifully
Preserved Main Street
Wabasha, named after Sioux Nation Indian Chief Wapasha III, is the oldest continuous city in Minnesota, with over 50 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our Main Street has been beautifully restored and preserved.
Downtown’s Main Street is has restaurants, galleries, and shops, all just half a block from the shores of the Mississippi River and its shoreline walking path. Wabasha was described as the “City of the Healing Waters” by none other than Mark Twain.
Just outside town, the Mississippi River turns east away from Highway 61 and the railroad. This provides Wabasha with a peaceful Main Street and scenic river walk. Without the railroad or the highway running through town, Wabasha’s Main Street is one of the quietest and most peaceful of the river towns on the Upper Mississippi.
Located at the base of Lake Pepin with a bridge to Wisconsin, Wabasha has a uniquely desirable location for day tripping in the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The cities of Alma, Pepin, Nelson, Plainview, Kellogg and Lake City are all within a 15-minute drive.
So what makes Wabasha so special, and why do visitors come to Wabasha again and again?
The lure of the great outdoors and family activities. Wabasha is home to the National Eagle Center, Arrowhead Bluff Museum, three marinas, the largest DNR boat ramp in the state, a skiing/snowboarding resort, and an 18-hole golf course.
With kayak and canoe rentals, horse and buggy rides, festivals and events, golfing, hiking, fishing and skiing/snowboarding, there is always something here to do!
So, if it’s history and quaint little old towns, outdoor recreation, wildlife and birding, or just a quiet little romantic getaway, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for in Wabasha.
Outdoor and Art Enthusiasts will Enjoy all Four Seasons
Kellogg is a small community located on the Zumbro River near it’s juncture with the Mississippi River. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources owns and maintains the nearby Kruger Campgrounds, which offers wheelchair accessible nature trails, hiking trails, fishing, hunting, hiking trails, biking trails, canoe access, camping, and a picnic area with shelters and toilets. Explore the Zumbro River Bottoms which offers extensive hiking trails, canoeing, and camping. This area is unique in that it has trails and campground areas specifically set up for group horseback rides. Those interested in ATV and motorcycle trails should check out The Trout Valley Management Unit and the Snake Creek Management Unit through the MN Dept. of Natural Resources website. For more info visit www.dnr.state.mn.us.
Nature lovers will want to view the Nature Conservancy’s Weaver Dunes Scientific and Natural Area, home to several rare plants, a unique butterfly breeding area, and the largest population of the endangered Blanding’ Turtle in the World!
Kellogg has a wonderfully maintained, centrally located park with a shelter for picnics and a large playground. In winter the wayside rest is the area’s most popular sledding hill! Kellogg is always a hot bed of bargains during the 100 Mile Garage Sale in the spring. The first weekend after Labor Day is the popular Kellogg Watermelon Festival! People from all over the country come to enjoy the activities and mingle. Don’t miss the Burnout, the Tractor Pull and on Sunday, the Grand Parade! Everybody enjoys feasting on fresh picked, locally grown Sand Prairie watermelons after the parade.
On Highway 42, at the top of the hill, is SVJ Creative Design. View a large selection of concrete statuary and metal silhouette items to decorate your yard or garden in a fun or elegant way. Personalize items to make them uniquely yours!