Elba, Minnesota

In the heart of the beautiful

Whitewater River Valley!

Population: 220
          Located in Southeastern Minnesota, Elba is nestled in the heart of the Whitewater Valley at the confluence of the North, South and Middle Branches of the Whitewater River. Long known for outstanding trout fishing, the Whitewater River and its tributaries provide over 210 miles of unsurpassed trout waters surrounded by breathtaking vistas of scenic river bluffs and native hardwood forest. Abundant species of fish include brown, rainbow and brook trout.

          The town of Elba is surrounded by 28,000 acres of Wildlife Management Area, the Whitewater State Park, sprawling dairy farms and hardwood forests. This combination of land usage has created ideal habitat for an abundant assortment of wildlife including whitetail deer, wild turkey, pheasant, ducks, geese, grouse, rabbits, squirrels, racoons, fox, songbirds of countless species, hawks, owls, eagles, mink, appossum, muskrats and coyote.

          Under the watchful eye of State Forest and Park personnel, the Department of Natural Resources, conservation minded farmers and concerned sportsmen, the Whitewater River Valley remains a model of preservation offering a truly unique experience to canoers, hikers, campers, hunters, fishermen, cross country skiers, snowmobilers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, joggers, sightseers and last but not least, artists and art lovers who stop by to visit the Noble Studio and Galleries.

          The Elba watchtower, rising high above Elba and the Whitewater River Valley, stands as a lasting monument to days of old and remains as a popular tourist attraction. Regular maintenance and rehabilitation maintains the tower and it's seemingly endless stairway's integrity. A newly blazed hiking path makes for a challenging half day climb from the valley floor to the top of the tower.

          The ancient Monarch stone house still stands, tucked away in the Warden's Valley of the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, a monument to some of the earliest settlers in Minnesota.

          Ghosts from a past life can also be found at the site of the once bustling town of Beaver. A Town Hall is about all that remains. The town suffered from severe and constant flooding in the late 1800's as a result of extensive logging and poor soil conservation by the early farmers and settlers. What remains of the old homes lies burried under sediment deposited by the floodwaters. The Department of Natural Resources has purchased most of the property and has allowed it to grow back into forest as part of the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area. Modern farming and timber management practices have all but eliminated flooding.

          Between Beaver and Weaver, beneath the crushed rock of Minnesota Highway 74 lies the remnants of Minnesota's first paved road, which once connected the bustling town of Beaver and the rich natural resources of the Whitewater Area to the shipping port at Weaver.

          The Mississippi River has since been dammed, creating the Weaver Riverbottoms, now part of the Upper Mississippi Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, which provides a convenient and safe stopover for hundreds of species of migrating birds and tremendous fishing for bass, northern and walleye.

          At Weaver, the Whitewater River flows into the Upper Mississippi River. The Weaver Mercantile Building, built in 1875, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


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