Camp Lacupolis

Located at the southern tip of Lake Pepin, Camp Lacupolis was once a quiet stagecoach stop; it is now a quiet fishing camp.

A small village was founded here in 1861 with the catchy name Lake-Opilis; the name is derived from Greek and means something like “Camp Lake City.” It never got big enough to justify a post office, but it once had a stagecoach stop. Overland visitors from the west would stop for the night, then continue on to Lake City by boat in the morning. It is now a village of log cabins and campers.

**Camp Lacupolis is covered in Road Tripping Along the Great River Road, Vol. 1. Click the link above for more. Disclosure: This website may be compensated for linking to other sites or for sales of products we link to.

Camp Lacupolis (71000 US Highway 61; 651.565.4318) has a few sites with water and electric that are close to the water (open May to October).

Camp Lacupolis (71000 US Highway 61; 651.565.4318) has 19 cabins in a range of sizes, all with air conditioning and supplied with linens, but you’ll need to bring towels, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, garbage bags, and paper towels; most cabins have a small kitchen (open March to early December).

Heading upriver? Check out Lake City.

Heading downriver? Check out Reads Landing.

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By |2018-10-04T20:33:26+00:00January 12th, 2011|Minnesota|2 Comments

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Dean Klinkenberg, the Mississippi Valley Traveler, is on a mission to explore the rich history, diverse cultures, and varied ecosystems of the Mississippi River Valley, from the Headwaters in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. He is the author of Rock Island Lines, a mystery, and several guidebooks for the Mississippi Valley.


  1. Dean Klinkenberg June 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    You are right to be skeptical of on-line reviews; you most likely getting just the opinions of someone who had a bad experience or the property owner. As far as Camp Lacupolis is concerned, I think it depends upon what kind of experience you want. This is not a chain hotel, so don’t come expecting that kind of experience. The cabins I saw were clean and well-maintained and the folks who run it are very nice. The location next to the river is very scenic, but railroad tracks run up and down the river valley from the Twin Cities to New Orleans, so train noise is a fact of life that most people find a way to adjust to. If you want to stay somewhere next to the Mississippi–and why wouldn’t you?–you just have accept the fact that trains rumbling by is part of the experience.

  2. Joan June 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Hi this place has some bad reviews on line. What do you think? sometimes they are not really accurate. Joan

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