Boating Hunting and Fishing
Boating and fishing are just a single cast away. We are a couple of miles from the Mississippi River. Lake Onalaska has great pan fish. In fact, they are called the “Sunfish capital of the world”. Hunting is abundant. Choose from duck, turkey, pheasant or squirrel hunting. Deer and turkey have both a gun, bow and arrow season. In Wisconsin it seems like almost everyone deer hunts!
Biking and Hiking
The great river bike trail is just down the street. This abandoned railroad bed is long and flat. If you have enough energy, nearby Sparta has a bike trail that goes through a long tunnel!
Choose from Perrot State Park a few miles to the north or Hixton Forest in LaCrosse. A very unique hike is the trail at the “Seven Bridges”. This abandoned road is so interesting that we invite you to their website as there is just too much to mention here. They are at www.7bridgesrd.org.
Yes, bird watching. We have most every species of our feathered friends in our area. The highlight of them all are the eagles that soar above the gentle flowing river. The nest in the nearby trees and congregate on the edge of the ice and stare into the open water waiting for their meal to arrive.
Skiing and Ice Skating
You can cross county ski on the local trails in the winter or enjoy alpine skiing at Mt. La Crosse. Ice Skating. Yes, you would not be a true northerner without a little ice-skating. While there are many outdoor facilities, Onalaska has a wonderful indoor facility. Visit their site at www.omnicenter.net.
Fore! At last count the number of local courses were listed in the teens! Most of them are public courses but you can choose from a couple of private ones also. One of our fine local courses will surely challenge you while getting great exercise. If this is too much work, bring yourself and the grand children to a fun round of mini-golf at one of several establishments. www.golflink.com
Fitness and Exercise
How convenient! The local YMCA is only a mile down the street. It was just constructed in August of 2006. This state-of-the-art facility has a fitness center, zero dept pool, track, gymnasium, and dance areas just to name a few. Visit them at: www.laxymca.org
The Fine Arts
La Crosse has a wonderful symphony. They have several concerts throughout the year. Visit their website at www.lacrossesymphony.org. There is always a production of great local talent at the La Crosse Community Theater. In the summer, there is Jazz on the Green at Riverside park. We have an art gallery called “The Pump House”. The University of LaCrosse hosts everything from a marching band that has performed for professional football games, to Jazz bands, Orchestra, Choirs and of course, theater productions. The LaCrosse Center is an arena that has hosted everything from concerts, to trade shows, to professional basketball and indoor arena football to the annual community wide Thanksgiving meal!
Eateries! It seems that we have a restaurant on every corner. No mater what your taste, you can find it hear. Virtually every national chain restaurant can be found within 10 miles. Other locally owned restaurants feature home cooked meals and some with fabulous views of the sunset. Our area is known for it’s fabulous Friday Fish Fry.
Every organization you have heard of is here. Whether it be the United Way, Lions Club, Rotary, Shriners or American Legion you will find them all eager to have you contribute to their noble causes.
How about a festival? The granddaddy of them all is the nationally known, Oktoberfest in LaCrosse in the fall of each year. Neighboring communities celebrate everything from Applefest and Kornfest, to June Dairy Days, and Catfish Days, we seem to celebrate everything!
We have two award winning medical facilities. In fact, Gundersen Lutheran is ranked amount the top 100 facilities in the country. At the same time, Franciscan Skemp is affiliated with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. By the way, we are only about 75 miles from the Rochester facility. Even an ambulance station is just a block away.
There are other things that are only a couple of blocks away. Three fast food restaurants, two fuel stations, a service station, a bank and a new hotel.