Winona County, Minnesota

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Winona County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, the population was 49,985. Its county seat is Winona[1].



The name of the county is said to derive from a Dakota legend regarding a woman, referred to Winona, who was betrothed to marry a warrior whom she did not love. Rather than marry him, she is said to have leapt to her death from a rock now called "Maiden's Rock" on Lake Pepin. This legend is colloquially referred to as the Princess Winona legend.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 642 square miles (1,662 km²), of which 626 square miles (1,622 km²) is land and 15 square miles (40 km²) (2.38%) is water.

Bodies of water

  • Airport Lake - Winona
  • Bartlet Lake - Winona
  • Bollers Lake - Goodview
  • Hunters Lake - Winona
  • Lake Goodview - Goodview
  • Lake Winona - Winona
  • Rileys Lake - vast majority in Winona, west edge in Goodview
  • Mississippi River - forms county's eastern border with Wisconsin
  • Whitewater River - flows northeast from the western side of the county

Major Highways

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