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Outdoor Recreation

Are you up for an adventure?

From the tip top of our bluffs to the deep blue of our river, Winona is an outdoor recreation dream.

Trails that wind through hardwood forests offer adventure-seekers and novices alike a scenic stage for outdoor activities on land, and the Mighty Mississippi beckons paddlers, boaters and swimmers with its wide channel, intimate backwaters and sunny beaches meant for lounging. Choose your adventure:

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Canoeing and kayaking

Choose serenity on the water or challenging currents.

Paddle the Mississippi’s gentle backwaters on one of our scenic canoe and kayak trails where regal water birds watch you glide by, or take the family for a spin in a rented canoe or kayak on Lake Winona.

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Hiking and biking Winona’s trails

Restful to rugged

Whether you are looking for the intensity of a mountain bike challenge, a leisurely ride with the family or the serenity of a silent sport, you will love Winona’s networks of scenic hiking and biking trails.

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Boat landings & marinas

Easy access for fishermen and recreational boaters

Whether you want to cruise around for the day or dock your boat for a week, Winona’s abundance of marinas and boat landings make it easy to enjoy the river.

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Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing

A haven for cross country skiers

Groomed ski trails prized by cross country skiers criss-cross the bluffs, and it’s always snowing in our ski areas thanks to a little snow-making help for Mother Nature. Find spectacular scenery and a place to get away from it all, whether it’s for an hour or a day.

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Parks and Rec: family outings

Real-world fun

Kids will willingly leave video games behind thanks to our family-friendly parks and bountiful kid-inspired recreation opportunities, from an aquatic center to a skate park to delightful playgrounds and nature study.

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Nature is fascinating!

Fun learning opportunities abound

Winona’s rich river-valley ecosystem is right at your fingertips, with nature study as close as a walk through one of our pristine parks or refuges or a drive to a regional nature center.

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Doglegs and divots

Winona is surrounded by golf courses that appeal to every golfer’s fancy. Winona’s proud golf legacy stretches back more than 100 years when it hosted the first Minnesota Golf Association event ever played. Today the tradition continues with outstanding public golf courses to choose from, whether you want to play a quick nine or a challenging 27.

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Ride, bowl, swim

Places designed for fun

With a riding stable, bowling alleys, an aquatic center and disc golf courses, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained when you visit Winona.

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Fishing Winona

River, lake and stream

As you would expect from an island city, the fishing is great. The open river, lock and dams, trout streams, lakes and backwaters offer great variety and a scenic backdrop for a solo relaxing afternoon. Sometimes, we add the excitement of a bass tournament.

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Hunting Winona

Public land rich with wildlife

Experience the abundant wildlife found on public hunting land in state parks that surround Winona. Our natural areas offer premium hunting access with a virtually limitless number of places to hunt.

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