Hok-Si-La Municipal Park and Campground

Hok-Si-La is a 252 acre, municipally owned and operated park located on the Minnesota side of Lake Pepin.  The park offers spectacular views of the Mississippi River, Lake Pepin, and the surrounding bluffs.  Enjoy the Mississippi River by experiencing tent camping at its best, stay in a sleeping cabin with A/C and heat, launch a boat at the public boat ramp, or swim and relax on the sandy beach.  Take time to explore the mile long stretch of Mississippi River shoreline,  check out the interpretive center, enjoy time with the kids at the playground, play volleyball or basketball, enjoy a picnic or relax at the chapel.  

 Facilities include a dining hall, screened shelters, tent camping and three sleeping cabins.  Park is open year-round for general use.  Buildings and camping season is mid-April through mid-October. Bring your family out for a hike, bird watching or a stroll on the beach. Winter offers groomed cross-country ski trails.  (Grooming updates posted on Facebook.)  Lake Pepin is a widening of the Mississippi River.

 Schools, 4-H clubs, family reunions, birthday parties, weddings, company picnics, service organizations, church groups, and outdoor organizations find the park has the space and amenities they desire.  The Park and Campground offers a great place to start exploring the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin.

 Office area serves as check-in for all facilities, tourist information center and store. Interpretive Center shows flora and fauna of the Mississippi River and surrounding bluffs.  Inside find display cases with memorabilia from the Boy Scout days and Tour De Pepin.  Did you know the park's history includes a working fox farm with 400 pairs of foxes.

The Boy Scouts named the park.  They chose a Dakota Sioux word meaning a boy.  City of Lake City chose to keep this name when they purchased the property.

What makes the park one of a kind.

*****Tent & Sleeping cabin camping on the Mississippi's Stunning Lake Pepin

 Campsites located above Lake Pepin offer tent campers a spectacular view of the Mississippi River. Lake Pepin was created by the widening of the Mississippi River.  Make reservations early for lake view sites. Two modern bathhouses (flush toilets and showers) are located above the swimming beach and close to the dining hall. Walking trails meander throughout the park and are open for year-round public use. Hok-Si-La has 29 regular sites and 8 group sites. Regular sites can accommodate from 2 to 4 adults (plus children) while group sites can accommodate 10-20 adults (plus children).  Family, friends, youth groups and clubs find the group sites meet all their needs.

To maintain a serene camping experience for all park users, cars are required to park in the parking lots, with access allowed by car only twice; once to drop gear off and once to pick gear up at the end of the stay. This policy allows for an "in the woods" camping experience for all park users.  We supply Lake Pepin (widening of the Mississippi River).  You provide family, friends and tents.
Firewood policy: We sell cut and split fire wood and deliver the wood to your site on weekends and holidays.

Hok-Si-La has a mosquito control program.





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Latitude: 44.474938 Longitude: -92.295433 Elevation: 707 ft
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Number of Camp Sites

39 tent sites plus 3 ADA accesible sleeping cabins

Campground Style


Maximum Number of People a Campsite May Accommodate

4 to 25

Nightly Fee

$20 to $60

Direct Link to Reservation Site

PHONE. www.hoksilapark.org is our website. At this time we do not have an online booking system. It is in future plans.

Driving Directions

 The park is located 65 miles south of the Twin Cities on U.S. Highway 61.  35 miles northeast of Rochester on Highway 63, and two miles north of Lake City on Highway 61/63.  Minnesota side of the Mississippi River.  Midpoint of Lake Pepin.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Owned by the City of Lake City.

Park Manager is hired by the city and all decisions run through the city.

Accessibility Notes

Three sleeping cabins are ADA accessible.  The cabins measure 16 ft. X 24 Ft.  Outlets, beds, table and plugins are all meet ADA code requirements.  All cabins have heat and A/C.  Straight shot into cabin from ground to porch to inside of cabin.

Pet Friendly Notes

All campsites are pet friendly.

Seasons Open

Park open year round. Overnight facilities mid April through Mid October (weather permitting)

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