Grey Cloud Island
Grey Cloud Island's Dakota name was Ma-Hpe-Ya Ho-Ta Win after Grey Cloud Woman, who lived in the area in the mid-1800's.
Grey Cloud Island is the site of an historic lime kiln, built around 1846. The kiln was used to burn limestone to make quicklime used in fertilizer, plaster, and mortar. The kiln is located on the east side of Grey Cloud Island and overlooks Grey Cloud Channel, which separates the island from the mainland. The Grey Cloud Island Kiln is a stunning example of Minnesota's early industrial history.
Today, the Grey Cloud Island Kiln is one of few kilns that still remain in the Upper Mississippi region. In Minnesota, the only other lime kiln in similar condition is the Carlson's Lime Kiln in Red Wing, Minnesota. The kiln (pictured above) is on private land and so is best seen from a boat or canoe.
Location: Grey Cloud Island Township
Contact Information: None.
Sites Nearby: Grey Cloud Scientific and Natural Area
Did You Know?
The river is so shallow at Lake Itasca that children can walk across the Mississippi. Between Governor Nicholls Wharf and Algiers Point in New Orleans, the Mississippi is more than 200 feet deep.