“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lake City in Wabasha County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

A Very Old Fish Story


—Great River Road Minnesota —

A Very Old Fish Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 22, 2011
1. A Very Old Fish Story Marker
Inscription. Ten thousand years ago, as the Ice Age was drawing to a close, Wisconsin's fast-flowing Chippewa River carried vast quantities of sand. But where the Chippewa entered the Mississippi, ten miles downstream from here, its current slowed and the sand settled to the bottom, forming a natural dam that backed up the waters of the Mississippi. Thus was born Lake Pepin, one of the most beautiful stretches of the Mississippi.

Prehistoric Relics
Lake Pepin teems with fish, including species whose ancestry can be traced to prehistoric times. Among the largest and most unusual are the sturgeon and the paddlefish.

These primitive fish were abundant in Lake Pepin until the 1930s, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began building a network of locks and dams that altered the Mississippi River's flow all the way to St. Louis. Migratory fish like then sturgeon, paddlefish, and skipjack herring could no longer move freely upstream to spawn, and their numbers have decreased dramatically.

Sport and Commerce
With more than 85 species of fish, Lake Pepin is a resource for recreational and commercial fishing. Important game fish include northern pike, white bass, black crappie, bluegill, sauger, and walleye. Carp, smallmouth buffalo, bigmouth buffalo, flathead catfish, and freshwater drum are
Lake Pepin and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 22, 2011
2. Lake Pepin and Marker
Mississippi River
[looking downstream]
important commercially fished species.

1988, State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources
Erected 1988 by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Great River Road marking program.
Location. 44° 26.78′ N, 92° 15.697′ W. Marker is in Lake City, Minnesota, in Wabasha County. Marker is on South Lakeshore Drive (U.S. 61) south of West Elm Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at the Lake City Concourse. Marker is in this post office area: Lake City MN 55041, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Lake Pepin: Birthplace of Waterskiing (a few steps from this marker); Louis McCahill Memorial Park (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Settler (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gold Star Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Sea Wing Disaster (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Fort St. Antoine (approx. 2.3 miles away in Wisconsin); Maiden Rock (approx. 4 miles away in Wisconsin); Lake Pepin's Shell Game / In Search of Summer (approx. 4.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lake City.
Also see . . .
1. Lake Pepin. Wikipedia entry. "[It is] the largest Lake
Lake Pepin and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 22, 2011
3. Lake Pepin and Marker
Lake City Concourse
on the entire Mississippi River." (Submitted on January 30, 2012.) 

2. Minnesota Department of Transportation. Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventory. "The marker is built of metal with a plastic sign mounted at a slant." (Submitted on January 30, 2012.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 526 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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