Hager City

Population (2010)

Hager City may not look like much (it isn’t), but it has a place that you must visit, especially if you like authentic Jamaican food.

Arriving in Town
County Highways VV and K are the main routes in town.

Visitor Information
Contact Pierce County Partners in Tourism (715.273.5864).

Hager City had the distinction of getting the first post office in the township but apparently not much else worth writing down. When the railroad came through in 1886, the village was platted as Hager Chatfield, but the following year the Postmaster General suggested that Hager City would be a better name. That’s all I have.

The rock formation called Bow and Arrow, on a hillside visible from the River Road, is quite a mystery. This petroform was first noticed in 1902 by archaeologist Jacob Brower who thought the rocks were arranged in a shape that resembled a bow and arrow pointing toward Lake Pepin. Others have suggested that the shape is more likely a bird effigy, but no one really knows what it was meant to be or when it was made, although all agree it has been there a long time.

Eating and Drinking
The Harbor Bar (N673 825th St.; 715.792.2417) is party central, especially on the weekends, with live music, boaters coming and going, and the grill pumping out the best damn jerk chicken this side of Kingston. The standard menu includes Jamaica-inspired entrées like steam roast red snapper or you can opt for a salad or sandwich. Unless you’re a party animal, you may have a better experience going earlier in the evening rather than later.

**Hager City 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.

Most of the sites at the Island Campground & Marina (N650 825th St.; 715.222.1808; open May 1–Nov 1; WiFi) are strung along a single road on—you guessed it—an island just across from Red Wing with a good view of Barn Bluff. The sites are shaded, with many right on the main channel of the river; no credit cards. NOTE: This campground can’t accommodate tents until construction of the new bridge is finished, and all other campers have a minimum one month stay.

Post Office: W8123 165th Ave.; 715.792.2919.

Heading upriver? Check out Trenton.

Heading downriver? Check out Bay City.

© Dean Klinkenberg, 2011,2017

Community-supported writing

If you like the content at the Mississippi Valley Traveler, please consider showing your support by making a one-time contribution or by subscribing through Patreon. Book sales don’t fully cover my costs, and I don’t have deep corporate pockets bankrolling my work. I’m a freelance writer bringing you stories about life along the Mississippi River. I need your help to keep this going. Every dollar you contribute makes it possible for me to continue sharing stories about America’s Greatest River!

Become a Patron
By |2018-10-05T19:51:04+00:00January 17th, 2011|Wisconsin|0 Comments

About the Author:

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.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ah, geez. Another pop-up? Yep! But if you sign up for updates, I’ll send you a free, full-color PDF of Small Town Pleasures, your guide to the most interesting small Mississippi River towns. You’ll save five bucks!

This is a limited time offer, so sign up today.

We value your privacy and will never spam you. You will receive updates about new books and offers, site updates, and news from the Mississippi Valley. You can unsubscribe whenever you want.