Wabasha County (pop. 21,676) is east of Goodhue County and across the Mississippi River from Wisconsin.
Much of the county is adjacent to Lake Pepin, the largest natural lake along the Mississippi.
According to legend, Lake Pepin is the home of a lake monster that bears a resemblance to the Loch Ness Monster.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was born just a few miles from Lake Pepin – in the “big woods” on the Wisconsin side.
The county seat of Wabasha County is the town of Wabasha (pop. 2,521), located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Chippewa rivers.
Wabasha was the setting for the movies “Grumpy Old Men” and “Grumpier Old Men.”
Wabasha now hosts a Grumpy Old Men Festival every February.
The Anderson House Hotel (1856) in Wabasha was the oldest continuously operating inn in Minnesota until it closed in 2009.
The National Eagle Center is in Wabasha.
Lake City (pop. 5,067) is the largest city in Wabasha County. In 1890 a Mississippi excursion boat, the Sea Wing, overturned on Lake Pepin near Lake City in a storm, resulting in the drowning deaths of 98 persons.
Ralph Samuelson (1904-77) of Lake City invented the sport of water skiing on Lake Pepin in 1922.
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