Pepin, WI, is about 70 miles SE of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. It’s a beautiful drive, and depending on how you drive it’s about 90 minutes. I come down the Wisconsin side most often, through Prescott on WI-35. The mistake some make is thinking that Lake Pepin means Lake City, but that’s incorrect. Lake City is 6 miles upriver from Pepin and is on the Minnesota side. You can see it from here!
Lake Pepin is a wide spot on the Mississippi river and sometimes that’s confusing. Yes, it’s a lake, but it’s also the river.
We’re 45 minutes from Eau Claire, an hour from Rochester, 90 minutes from LaCrosse. Google has it figured out, so if you need directions scroll down and I’ve included the map.
Once you get to Pepin take a turn (right if from upriver, left if from downriver) and get down to the lake. The marina is pretty hard to miss – look for the boats! When you turn into the upriver entrance to the marina you will take a left and then immediately look for B Dock. Rudder Chaos is the fifth boat on the left, and if the houseboat next to her is in the water you won’t be able to see her from the top of the dock but trust me, she’s there!