wahkon city park
Among the gems awaiting visitors to Wahkon is the City Park on the shores of Mille Lacs Lakes Wahkon Bay.
The picturesque park is accessed just off the north end of Main Street at 250 4th Street W. A recently re-crafted sign points the way to the lane which ends at a finely groomed picnic area with plenty of parking for the occasional tourist as well as the anglers who frequent the site.
For relaxation or a picnic the park boasts a large pavilion and a number of picnic tables. Shade trees also keep the area cool and refreshing.
Sunset Pier stretches into the waters of the lower bay. The pier was built by a cadre of volunteers recruited from the ranks of local volunteers. Between the construction of the main pier at a local welding shop and the later addition of the deck, rails and ramps, countless man-hours went into the project. Since then the city maintains the site and removes the structure from the bay before freeze-up.
Created for all to enjoy, the wood and steel pier with a handicap-accessible walkway was donated to the city by the civic-minded WAVE Committee. Generous sponsors are noted on wooden plaques lining the railings. It’s the site of an annual kids’ fishing event at the end of Wahkon Days in August. While there, children and their folks try their luck at catching sunnies, crappies, walleye or northern which swim into the shallows.
Throughout the spring, summer and fall fishing season folks of all ages try their luck fishing from the deck. It’s also a favorite spot for photographers to capture views of boating activity, picturesque sunsets and waterfowl frequenting the area.
Perhaps the most popular use for the park is the gravel boat launching ramp available for a $7 donation. Sportsmen enjoy the access as well as the sumptuous parking which accommodates vehicles and trailers. Throughout the year, the city also maintains satellite restroom accommodations. As with any public facility, the city encourages visitors to leave the park as neat or neater than when they found it.
Visitors roaming the city on foot will find trails leading both north and south from City Park. The northerly route over a small bridge takes folks to the newly refurbished Veterans’ Park. Southerly destinations include Wahkon’s downtown businesses and attractions including Ellen Ruth Park and the Soo Line Trail.
Gravel Boat launch ramp ($7 donation)
Grassy Picnic Area
Satellite Restroom (seasonally)