A Very Old Fish Story

A Very Old Fish Story (HMZ58)

Location: Lake City, MN 55041 Wabasha County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 26.78', W 92° 15.697'

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— Great River Road Minnesota —

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 important commercially fished species.

1988, State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources
HM NumberHMZ58
Year Placed1988
Placed ByThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Great River Road marking program
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 12:11am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 558753 N 4921713
Decimal Degrees44.44633333, -92.26161667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 26.78', W 92° 15.697'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 26' 46.80" N, 92° 15' 41.82" W
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Area Code(s)651, 507, 952
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 537-563 S Lakeshore Dr, Lake City MN 55041, US
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