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La Crosse District


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

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 

Sunday, November 30, 2014 through Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday's the Visitor Center will also be open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
February 7 (family program)
February 21 (science program)
February 28 (family program)
March 7 (family program)
March 21 (science program)

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


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                 608 779 2386
Asst. District Manager 608 779 2386
Administrative Technician   Vacant  
Wildlife Refuge Specialist 608 779 2232
Wildlife Biologist Wendy      608 779 2387
Private Lands Biologist 608 779 2388
Visitor Services Manager       Vacant 608 779 2392
Visitor Services Specialist      608 779 2391
Federal Wildlife Officer 608 780 7304
Biological Technician 608 779 2389
Maintenance Mechanic 608 779 2234
 Fax Number:   608 779 2393
Last Updated: Feb 02, 2015
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