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Draft Environmental Assessment for Lake Onalaska Overlook


For Development of a Wildlife Viewing Facility on
the Amann Tract Overlooking Lake Onalaska
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
La Crosse District

  • Draft Environmental Assessment

    We are seeking public input on a draft environmental assessment that evaluates the development of a wildlife viewing facility on a site on Brice Prairie that overlooks Lake Onalaska. This facility would be linked to the La Crosse District Visitor Center/Office through a trail system.

    Comments will be accepted for 30 days, beginning January 7 through February 7, 2014.

    Three alternatives are being evaluated in this environmental assessment: No action (Alternative A); constructing an on-grade patio structure that would serve as the facility (Alternative B); and the proposed action of constructing a small overlook (Alternative C). In addition to developing a wildlife viewing facility on this site, protecting the steep slope and shoreline using a combination of native vegetation and riprap is also evaluated.

    Following a 30-day review and comment period, the Acting Refuge Manager will review the analysis of the three alternatives described in this assessment and the comments received during the public comment period. Based on this review, the Acting Refuge Manager will select an alternative to be implemented. Substantive comments from the public, agencies, and other groups will be included in the final environmental assessment, along with a response from the Service.

    Copies of the draft environmental assessment are available for review at the Town of Onalaska Hall in Midway; at the Refuge’s La Crosse District Office, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, and by clicking on the Learn More link.

    You may email comments to or send written comments by mail during the 30-day comment period. Mail comments to: Upper Mississippi River NW&FR, Attn: Lake Onalaska Wildlife Viewing Facility, N5727 County Road Z, Onalaska, WI 54650. 

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Last Updated: Jan 08, 2014
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