Places to Visit
Caddie Woodlawn Historical Park
Come see the site of the original Woodlawn home as described in the children's book Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink's. The house is located in the township of Dunn (just south of Downsville) on State Highway 25. The house is open for tours during daylight hours from May to October. A picnic area and park is available. View a Caddie Woodlawn Brochure for more details (PDF) .
Canoe the Big Woods
Pepin County offers many lakes and rivers for avid canoers and kayakers. Learn more about the rivers and lakes in the Big Woods.
Chippewa River State Trail
The trail runs from Durand to Eau Claire, WI. Access the trail in Durand near Tarrant Park. A state trail pass is required for peope who bike or in-line skate. Walkers, runners, and skiers are free to use the trail without passes. No passes are required on the trails within Eau Claire, Lake Hallie, or in Pepin County / Durand. Visit http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/chiprivertrail/ for information. See map of Pepin County portion of the trail.
There are many parks in the Pepin County area. Some offer camping and others are great places for day trips. View our county park map (PDF) to see the location of the parks.
Little House Wayside and the Pepin Historical Museum
Come see a replica of Laura Ingalls Wilder's log home as described in her books at Little House Wayside. Then visit the Pepin Historical Museum to see items relating to Pepin's history as well as items from Laura Ingalls Wilder's era. Click here for further details and a map (PDF).
"Maiden Rock Bluff" State Natural Area
The limestone bluff of Maiden Rock has been home to peregrine falcons and other raptors for years. Now, with the help of the West Wisconsin Land Trust, the Wisconsin DNR and other individuals and organizations, the site is open to the public as a State Natural Area.
Maiden Rock Bluff protects one of the area’s premiere limestone cliff faces on a bluff high above the Mississippi River overlooking Lake Pepin. The view of the river valley is said to be the best in the four-state area. The site is open to the public for walking, bird watching and other low impact recreation.
Access: Located just a five minute drive from Stockholm's intersection of State Highway 35 and County J, drive north on J 0.7 miles. Turn left onto County road E and drive one mile to Long Lane, then west about 0.7 miles to a parking area. For more information please visit: www.wwlt.org or www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/LAND/er/sna/sna410.htm
Old Courthouse Museum
Washington Square - P.O. Box 74
Durand, WI 54736
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is the last wood-frame courthouse in Wisconsin. Please call 715-672-5423 for information about hours and admission charges.
Click here to visit the Old Courthouse Museum website
Pine Creek Nature Preserve (near Madien Rock Bluff)
The Pine Creek valley is widely regarded as one of the region's best birding spots, thanks to its relatively undisturbed wooded valley and the cool, clear water. This Class 1 Trout Stream is also home to a surprising number of native brook trout.
West Wisconsin Lad Trust owns 230 acres along Pine Creek, and has helped private landowners conserve an additional 190 acres in the watershed.
While public acces is retricted to the land owned by West Wisconsin Land Trust, the benefits of these protected properties may be seen throughout the area. Visit Pine Creek and enjoy the region's vairety of wildlife!
Directions: Turn east on Hwy. AA (south of the Village of Maiden Rock). Follow approximately 1/2 mile over the bridge. Park along roadside, enter West Wisconsin Land Trust property from Hwy. AA.
For more information please visit: www.wwlt.org
The Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area
This area contains: the largest concentration of rare species in the state, 50% of Wisconsin’s plant species, 70% of the state’s fish species, 25% of all the native prairies remaining in the state, the largest intact floodplain forest anywhere in the upper Midwest, and the largest and best remaining floodplain savannas. View a map and details of the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area.
Tiffany Wildlife Area
Explore the 13,000 acres that the Tiffany Wildlife Area has to offer. Canoeing, hiking, hunting, fishing, bird watching, wildlife observation, and camping are just some of the many things you can do. Click here for more details.