Name: John Latsch State Park
Year it became a State Park: 1925
Section of Minnesota: Mississippi River, East Coast
Nearby Town: Winona
Positives: The view and the woods.
The Negatives: Very small, no maps, no camping.
General Comments: If you’d like a nice hour long hike to a very nice view of the Mississippi Valley, this is the place.
Something Everyone Wants To See: The Overlook
But you should also check out: The short little walk at the end of the loop. There’s a nice ridge overlooking a curving creek.
Nearby attraction to visit: Anywhere on the river. Both Wabasha and Winona have multiple places to experience the Mississippi more intimately.
Interesting Trivia: This park is named after a Winona business man who liked the area. He bought the land and donated it to the state for public use. It’s near three river bluffs named Faith, Hope and Charity by river captains who used them as navigational markers.
Personal Stories: After driving by it many times, my wife and I visited this park (and met some friends) for the first time this weekend. We enjoyed the walk through the fall woods.
What My Kids Want Me To Say: Next time we should let them come with.
Jamsco Ranking: County Park Level
Final Word: It looks like you don’t need a state park sticker to visit. Try it out.
Thoughts? Comments? Have you been to this park? Do you agree with my assessment?