John A. Latsch State Park

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John A. Latsch State Park

John A. Latsch, a successful Winona businessman of the Izaak Walton League, loved to fish in the waters of the Mississippi River below the bluffs. Today, a half-mile hike up the deep ravine for a view is well worth the effort.

From this vantage point, visitors relish a grand long view of the Mississippi River Valley, the green lush forest in the summer, and the colors in the fall.

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Visitor Alert

John A. Latsch has a strenuous half-mile hike up to the top of Mount Charity. The trail is all stairs and well worth the effort to enjoy the view of the Mississippi River Valley.

Passport Stamp

In the event that the Passport Stamp is missing from John Latsch State Park, a stamp can be found at Whitewater State Park or Frontenac State Park.

Day Use Only

John A. Latsch State Park is available for day use only. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. No camping or overnight stays permitted.

For more information: Visit ParkFinder or Summer Activities Guide for an overview of winter recreation opportunities available statewide.

(Updated Apr. 4, 2017)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour:

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Open Year-Round:

John A. Latsch State Park is open year-round. No reservations needed.

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for John A. Latsch State Park.


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Park Highlights

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For information on this park, call Whitewater State Park at 507-312-2300.


c/o Whitewater State Park
19041 Highway 74
Altura, MN 55910

tel: 507-312-2300


Getting There

From Winona go approximately 12 miles northwest on U.S. Highway 61.