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Photographing SoMinn: From Merrick State Park to Maiden Rock

August 16, 2019

From Whitewater to Carly to Great River Bluffs, Southeast Minnesota is host to a bevy of state parks worthy of exploration.  So why go to Wisconsin?

Long story short, because you can.  And because sometimes it’s good to shake it up a bit, right?  Most of us are creatures of habit.  But why not see what kind of critters you can discover just across the river?

Otters, egrets and muskrats make their home in the 322-acre Merrick State Park, which is located near Fountain City along the eastern edge of the state.  And then there are the Mississippi River fish, which include crappies and smallmouth bass.  So, don’t forget your fishing pole and boat.

The park is also a good place to camp, hike, kayak and canoe.  When we were there on a weekday, we spent the majority of our brief visit exploring the park by foot and felt like we had the park to ourselves; nary a human critter to be spotted.

Truth be told – and Packers aside – I have a love affair with WI that isn’t going away anytime soon.

The Great River Road would lead us that afternoon through a host of interesting little towns that included Cochrane; Buffalo City; Alma; Pepin; Stockholm and Maiden Rock.

Maiden Rock was host to our sleeping accommodations –The Journey Inn – so we grabbed cheeseburgers at a popular biker bar in town, Ole’s Bar & Grill.

And if you are looking for a little something to satiate your sweet tooth afterwards, be sure to grab a baked good of the highest quality at the Smiling Pelican Bake Shop.

You’ll be glad you did.


Photos and text by Elizabeth Nida Obert

Freelance writer and photographer Elizabeth Nida Obert, a former newspaper staff photographer for 18 years, has degrees in both and is passionate about telling stories in words and pictures.  She thrives on travel and adventure and is always looking forward to where the next open road – or door – will lead.  


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