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La Crosse District

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Opened in 2012, the La Crosse District Visitor Center located on Brice Prairie near Onalaska, Wisconsin provides visitors a more enhanced refuge experience. Friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteers are always on-hand at the front desk to help get you where you need to go, as well as answer any questions you may have.

 


 A stop at the Visitor Center includes the following: 

  • A 10-minute movie in our theater about the seasonal sights and sounds on the refuge.  
  • Interactive exhibits to further your understanding of the refuge's diverse wildlife and habitats.  
  • The River Walk exhibit allows you to “walk on water” and see what lies below the surface of the river. 
  • Prairie Wind Nature Store, operated by the refuge's non-profit Friends Group, Upper Mississippi River Interpretive Association offers nature-themed adult and children’s books, field guides, apparel, jewelry and more.  The perfect souvenir to remember your visit can easily be found here.  
  •  Nearly two miles of paved and packed gravel trails wind through the sand prairie.   
  • Plenty of prairie plants provide year-round color.  Visit each season to see the change. 
  • Plantings in the beds around the Visitor Center represent some of the native plants found growing in the surrounding prairie.These native plants are beneficial to butterflies, bees, dragonflies and more.  The prairie is absolutely "buzzing" with activity from late spring through fall!  
  • Clean, spacious restrooms and ample parking for vehicles, including buses and RVs.  

 

Trails around the Visitor Center 
eBird Kiosk - recent bird sightings.


 Address: N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI 54650. If you type this address into Google Maps put a space in the address: N 5727 County Road Z.

 

 Visitor Center Operating Hours 

Fall Hours
September 1 - November 22 

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday   10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

Closed Sundays and federal holidays

Summer Hours
April 1 - August 31

 

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday   10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Closed Sundays and federal holidays

 

Office at (608) 779-2399.

 

La Crosse District manages Pools 7 and 8 on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

 

 

District Manager               James_Nissen@fws.gov           608 779 2385
Asst. District Manager Kendra_Niemec@fws.gov 608 779 2386
Administrative Technician   Vacant  
Refuge Manager Trainee      Laurel_Kullerud@fws.gov 608-779-2232
Biologist Wendy Woyczik@fws.gov      608 779 2387
Private Lands Biologist William_Kiser@fws.gov 608 779 2388
Visitor Services Manager       Vacant 608 779 2392
Visitor Services Specialist Katherine_Julian@fws.gov      608 779 2391
Federal Wildlife Officer Randy_Lilla@fws.gov 608 780 7304
Biological Technician Calvin_Gehri@fws.gov 608 779 2389
Maintenance Mechanic Robert_Garrelts@fws.gov 608 779 2234
 Fax Number:   608 779 2393
     
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2014
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