The Birthplace of Water-Skiing
Located 65 miles south of the Twin Cities on the Mighty Mississippi, Lake City, Minnesota rests on the western border of 21-mile-long Lake Pepin—the widest spot on the Mississippi River between sandstone bluffs formed in the early Paleozoic eras. Lac de Pleurs (Lake of Tears) was the name originally given to Lake Pepin by Father Louis Hennepin, who camped on the shore of the lake in 1680. He christened the large body of water Lac de Pleurs after observing Sioux Indians weeping near the lake over the death of a chief’s son.
With a population of 5,339, Lake City is renowned as the “Birthplace of Water Skiing,” since it was here that Ralph Samuelson invented the sport in 1922. Considered one of the best sailing lakes in the nation, Lake Pepin is also prized for excellent water activities of all kinds. Lake City is home to the largest small-craft municipal harbor on the Mississippi River, and has over 600 boat slips. The area is known for its spectacular scenic views and is a haven for tourists looking for excellent fishing, sailing, golfing, birding, bicycling, snowmobiling, hiking and many other activities. Grounded in history, rich in natural resources, and served by volunteerism and civic service, Lake City is a fantastic place to live, work, conduct business, and visit!