A Beautiful Way To Live

History

Wacouta Township was organized in 1853 and named for Chief Wacouta of the Dakota Indians. Land from the Dakota territory was ceded to the United States Government in 1851. During the latter half of the 19th century, Wacouta was a prominent logging trans-shipment area and thus supported a number of establishments that supported the logger population.

Over the early years, Wacouta had a popular trading post, post office and train station and, after the advent of the automobile, a number of roadside attractions.

Recreation

Bordering the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin for over 4 miles, Wacouta Township has an abundance of water-related activities including fishing, motor-boating and sailing.  It also borders Frontenac State Park and Rattlesnake Bluff, which are popular hiking and camping areas. There is a 4-mile paved walking/biking trail that passes through nearly 200 acres of natural prairie and woodlands.  Finally, a recreation area adjacent to the Town Hall includes a ballfield, 3 pickleball courts, swings and a climbing gym.

Rattlesnake Bluff

Rattlesnake Bluff Trail is a 4-mile paved walking/biking trail that passes through nearly 200 acres of natural prairie and woodlands.  It is maintained year-round and is used by walkers, joggers, cross-country skiers and bikers.

Other Information

Wacouta Township is a township in Goodhue CountyMinnesota, United States. The population was 382 at the 2020 census.,  including 165 households.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 9.8 square miles (25.3 km2), of which 4.2 square miles (10.8 km2) is land and 5.6 square miles (14.5 km2) (57.27%) is water.

The Township is locally governed by a 3-member Board of Supervisors which meets monthly throughout the year at the Wacouta Town Hall, 27700 Grace Trail, Red Wing, Minnesota 55066. 

Wacouta Township owns and maintains a 5-acre historic cemetery adjacent to the Town Hall and Rattlesnake Bluff Trail.  Gravesites are available to purchase by residents from the Board of Supervisors.