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John Latsch State Park

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Address: Winona, MN 55959
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This 350-acre park offers three overlooks towering 500 feet above the...

This 350-acre park offers three overlooks towering 500 feet above the Mississippi River.

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Wow, what a view

The steps and climb up to the top of the bluff aren't for the wimps.... It's quite a climb, but well worth it. Can see for miles up and downstream on a clear day

Reviewed 29 September 2016
Minneiska, Minnesota
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Winona, Minnesota
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

This is a nice place to pack a lunch and watch the boats go by. There are interesting house boats to feast your eyes on. Good for people watching.

Thank Sheila Z
Minneiska, Minnesota
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

The steps and climb up to the top of the bluff aren't for the wimps.... It's quite a climb, but well worth it. Can see for miles up and downstream on a clear day

1 Thank HmcIdc2pac
Rochester MN
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37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

My wife and I visited John Latsch State Park recently. It is a very small park with a challenging stairway climb to a bluff that overlooks the Mississippi River valley. It is not for the faint of heart, or for those not prepared to walk up many, many steps to get to the top. But if you complete the climb,... More 

Thank dlh2me
Rochester, Minnesota
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 April 2016

Challenging hike but worth it! We've taken the kids several time and even as young as 3 years old, they enjoyed the stairs but especially the view from the top.

Thank studinski
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91 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Its quite a climb to the top but it is a well maintained stairway for most of the climb. Spectacular view awaits at the top. Coming from the south on highway 61 there is a sign noting the park is a 1/2 mile ahead but the actual turn is not well marked.

Thank Joseph C
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94 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

We went with our 6 and 8 year old and it's a tough hike. Stairs ALL the way up! Get ready for a workout. Views were beautiful and that hike was a killer.

Thank ConnectFourHikers
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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154 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2015

contrary to what online says, this park is only a picnic area. there is no camping, etc. it is day use only. there is room for 5 or 6 cars to park. BUT, as mentioned in other reviews, there is a hiking trail that is all stairs up the back of the 500 foot rock face. the trail sign says... More 

2 Thank Daveptaz
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 March 2015

John Latsch State Park is Located 12 miles north of Winona, Minnesota along the Mississippi River. Driving from the south it's about 1 mile past Mississippi River lock # 5 on the left. The sign to the park is not that big so you can easily miss it. But once you get there, there will be a small parking place... More 

Thank Thomas E
Malibu, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2015

You have to look at the rock formations all around like a child. See if you can find faces. When I get my ship, gonna have an artist paint a few. Don't stay at The Plaza. The General manager so far the worse I have encountered as I do talk to them a lot due to my weeks of stay... More 

1 Thank Mike G
Golden Valley, Minnesota
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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 23 October 2014

Nearly 600 steps to the top but well worth the walk. Loved the extensive view from the bluff of the Mississippi.

Thank Linda W

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