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La Crosse District

LaCrosse VC blue skiesYou can walk the trails through the prairie and out to an overlook.  At the overlook you are looking at the Mississippi River.  This stretch is called Lake Onalaska you could see bald eagles or waterfowl.

 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 

 

December – January

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:30pm

Saturdays – CLOSED

February – November

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:30pm

Saturdays – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Visitor Center will close at 12:00pm on the business day before the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

All offices and Visitor Centers are closed on Federal Holidays.

 

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

Office: 608 779 2399

District Manager                Tim_A_Miller@fws.gov         608 779 2385
Asst. District Manager Kendra_Pednault@fws.gov 608 779 2386
Administrative Assistant   Rebecca_Bieniek@fws.gov      608 779 2399
Wildlife Biologist Erin_Adams@fws.gov 608 779 2387
Private Lands Biologist Bill
 William_Kiser@fws.gov
608 779 2388
Visitor Services Manager       Hallie_Rasmussen@fws.gov 608 779 2392
Visitor Services Specialist Katie
 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: Oct 11, 2016
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