Lake Onalaska

Trout Fishing in the Coulees

Kayaking the Mississippi Backwaters

McGilvray Bridges

Onalaska's Lumbering History

The Mississippi River and 7,700-acre Lake Onalaska, pool 7 of the Mississippi River, provide outstanding fishing, boating and paddling. Onalaska is situated where the Black River meets the Mississippi. Canoe and kayak the winding river channels and expansive backwaters.

Trout creeks abound in the coulee region. Look at our fishing page for a fantastic map put together by the Wisconsin DNR which shows where all our trout streams are located. Photo by: Anthony Larson

Onalaska has a wealth of paddling opportunities from the 7,700 Lake Onalaska, to the winding ways of the Mississippi backwaters, to the mighty Mississip itself. Photo Credit: Sue Schultz

The Van Loon Wildlife Area Truss Bridges, located in Northwest La Crosse County, Wisconsin, is a unique combination of five rare bowstring arch truss bridges and one low truss bridge which was adopted from Pierce County. Currently the bridges are open only to pedestrian traffic. Photo by: Larry A. Lindesmith
Learn about the lumber history of Onalaska at the Onalaska Area Historical Museum located within the public library. Exhibits cover archaeological finds from the Ice Age, the area's earliest settlers, to the booming lumber industry.
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