Canoeing at Mississippi River

Canoeing in Onalaska WI at Mississippi River

Though not traditionally a canoeing river due to its varied currents and heavy commercial traffic, the river includes two canoe trails in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge - La Crosse District. Maps to both the Long Lake Canoe Trail near Trempealeau and the Goose Island Canoe Trail near La Crosse are available by calling the La Crosse District headquarters.

The Mississippi River backwaters, which are more protected from the current and commercial navigation, offer opportunities for canoeing and kayaking. In Wisconsin, there are marked canoe trails at Merrick, Perrot, and Wyalusing State Parks and on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

The Refuge canoe trails located in Wisconsin were developed in partnership with the WDNR and include:

  • Goose Island Canoe Trail. From La Crosse, WI take Highway 35 South to County Highway GI (west), the road into Goose Island County Park. The trail can be accessed from any of the three boat ramps in Goose Island County Park.
  • Long Lake Canoe Trail. From Highway 35 in Trempealeau, WI go south on Fremont Street (Lake Road), continue past the railroad tracks for 1.5 miles. The Long Lake Boat Landing marks the beginning and end of the canoe trail.

Brochures for canoe trails located on the "Refuge" are available at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge - follow the link to "trails". They are locally available at the trail heads, the WDNR La Crosse Service Center or the La Crosse District Headquarters of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge.

Mississippi River for Canoeing in the city of Onalaska, - La Crosse County (Southwest Wisconsin).


Mississippi River Onalaska, WI 54650
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