February 24, 2019


Adventure Cycling/Bikepacking Destinations Near La Crosse, WI 

Upper Hixon Forest Park

800 Milson Ct, La Crosse, WI 54601 Natural area known for its hiking, mountain bike trails, and lookout views. This area makes for a great day trip. 

Veterans Memorial Park

Located on Hwy. 16, 9 miles East of La Crosse or 1 mile West of West Salem. Our camping season begins April 15th and continues through October 15th. At Veteran’s Memorial, we pride ourselves on providing a well-groomed, clean and wholesome atmosphere for camping families. We are located on the La Crosse River and also provide access to the La Crosse River State Bike Trail. Reservations are not accepted at Veteran’s Memorial Campground nor are they needed. We operate on a first-come/first-serve basis and our motto is to never turn anyone away. For further information, James and Darlene Guinn, the campground managers, are available during the camping season at 608-789-8599.

Goose Island Campground, 

W6488 County Road K, Stoddard, WI 54658 Located on Hwy. 35, 3 miles south of La Crosse. Located on the backwaters of the Mississippi, this large campground offers excellent fishing and beautiful sunsets. Our camping season begins April 15th and continues through October. Reservations are accepted at Goose Island beginning January 2nd of each year. To place a reservation, please call the campground at 608-788-7018.

Pettibone Park

700 North Pettbone Dr., Pettibone Park was opened in 1901 originally being in Minnesota but later became La Crosse property. This park is well known for the beach. Although, the beach makes it well known there are many other things there. There are shelters, volleyball, trails, a disc golf area, fishing, and plenty of open space. Located over the Blue bridge from La Crosse. Makes for a short training trip with plenty of activities. 

Perrot State Park

Perrot State Park is a state park in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area at the confluence of the Trempealeau and Mississippi rivers. The 1,270-acre park features views of steep limestone bluffs and the river valleys. Plenty of camping, but make a reservation. About 25 miles from La Crosse. Access to Perrot via the State Bicycle Trail makes for a scenic bike ride!

Wildcat Mountain State Park

E13660 State Highway 33, Ontario, WI 54651 Gorgeous spot on the Kickapoo River, approximately 45 miles from La Crosse. Several routes can be used to bicycle to Ontario, WI. Once there,  canoes and kayaks can be rented to paddle on the Kickapoo River. 

Yellow River State Park, Iowa 

Yellow River State Forest, is mostly forested land owned by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. It is located in the southeastern corner of Allamakee County, the most northeasterly of Iowa’s counties. The forest headquarters and recreation facilities are located on county highway B25, approximately 4 miles southeast of Waterville or 3 miles west of Harpers Ferry. Great place to get the backpacking experience not too far from La Crosse.  Camping spots can not be reserved. Primitive camping experience.

Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park is a 2,628-acre Wisconsin state park at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers in the town of Wyalusing, just south of Prairie du Chien. Bicycling to the park, south of Prairie Du Chien takes a little bit of navigating, but the spectacular views from the camp spots near the bluffs are well worth the effort!

Great River Bluffs State Park, MN

Great River Bluffs State Park is a state park of Minnesota, United States, on the Mississippi River southeast of Winona. Originally known as O. L. Kipp State Park, it was renamed in the late 1990s to describe better its resources. Great spot within a relatively moderate bike ride from La Crosse, going North from La Crescent.

Wildcat Park & Marina, MN

Wildcat Park and Landing is located just south of Brownsville, Minnesota and is leased by Houston County from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Wildcat Park features 62 campsites, 3 picnic shelters, 2 boat landings, and one fishing pier. Over two-thirds of the campsites include water and electricity. The Houston County Auditors  Office oversees Wildcat Park and can be reached at (507) 725-5803.

Cushon’s Peak Campground, Houston, MN

This campground hosts two Blue Grass Festivals each year in May and August. located in Southeast Minnesota’s Bluff Country:8 miles east of Rushford and 2.5 miles west of Houston on State Highway 16. 507-896-7325

Beaver Creek State Park, Caledonia, MN

Beaver Creek Valley State Park is a state park of Minnesota, United States, featuring a steep, narrow valley carved by East Beaver Creek. This spring-fed stream is a fishing destination for its native brook trout and introduced brown trout.

Sidie Hollow County Park, Vernon County, WI

Sidie Hollow is a beautiful park!  With 521 acres, 74 campsites, 2 picnic shelters, a 38-acre lake, two clear and cold-water trout streams, fishing piers, a boat launch, nearly 10 miles of multi-use hiking and mountain bike trails and two playground areas, Sidie Hollow has proven to be a recreation destination for residents and visitors of Vernon County.