A stop at the Visitor Center includes the following:
Trails around the Visitor Center
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-90Take 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
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
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