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La Crosse District

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Opened in 2012, the La Crosse District Visitor Center is located on Brice Prairie near Onalaska, Wisconsin.

 


 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 about the  diverse wildlife and habitats.  
  • The River Walk exhibit allows you to “walk on water” and see what lies below the surface of the river. 
  •   2 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.  These native plants are beneficial to butterflies, bees, dragonflies and more.  The prairie is absolutely "buzzing" with activity from late spring through fall!   
  • Restrooms and ample parking for vehicles, including buses and RVs.  

Trails around the Visitor Center 

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. 

  From Dakota, Minnesota:

Head east on I-90.
Take exit 3B, follow WI-35N. (4.7 miles)
Turn LEFT at stoplight onto County Road OT. (.6miles)
Turn LEFT at the first stop sign onto County Road ZN. (1.1 miles) 
Continue to the junction of County Roads ZN and Z. (.2 mi)
Turn RIGHT onto County Road Z and use the left turn lane to turn LEFT and enter the Visitor Center parking lot.

 

From Sparta, Wisconsin: 

Head west on I-90
Take Exit 3 for US-53S/WI-35 Toward La Crosse/Onalaska. (.1mi)
Keep Right at the fork and merge onto WI-35N (4.1 mi)
Turn LEFT at the stoplight onto County Road OT. (.6 mi)
Take the LEFT at the first stop sign onto County Road ZN. (1.1)
Continue to the stop sign and the junction of County Roads ZN and Z. (.2 mi)
Turn RIGHT onto County Road Z and use the left turn lane to turn left and enter the visitor center parking lot.


Visitor Center Operating Hours 

Summer Hours (April 1 - August 31)
 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.— 3:30 p.m. 
Saturday 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. 

Closed Sundays and federal holidays.

 

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

Office: 608 779 2399

Acting District Manager                Kendra_Niemec@fws.gov           608 779 2386
Asst. District Manager Kendra_Niemec@fws.gov 608 779 2386
Administrative Technician   Vacant  
Wildlife 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: Apr 01, 2015
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