Visit Us

Our lobby features informational displays describing local aquatic wildlife and our scientific research and conservation efforts, a Mississippi River mural and an aquarium of local native fish. The lobby is open to the public. Our laboratories and other work areas are not generally open for tours so we encourage visitors to call to pre-arrange a tour. 


If you have 15 minutes

Visitors can view the lobby aquarium of native fish and the Mississippi River mural

If you have one hour

Visitors can view the lobby aquarium of native fish, the Mississippi River mural, view the displays on our scientific work and history and take a pre-scheduled tour of our labs and pollinator garden

Other Facilities in the Complex

The Midwest Fisheries Center houses the La Crosse Fish Health Center, the La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, the Whitney Genetics Laboratory, and administrative, GIS, and outreach staff, as well as the Regional Watercraft Safety Coordinator.


Midwest Fisheries Center
555 Lester AvenueOnalaska,WI54650-8552
Visitor Center Hours
Monday - Friday, except federal holidays
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.