Goose Island Canoe Trail - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

This site is just one stopping point along the 261 mile long Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge  established by Congress in 1924.  The north end of the refuge begins at the confluence of the Mississippi and Chippewa rivers near Wabasha, Minnesota and ends near Rock Island, Illinois.

The canoe trail is accessed from the Goose Island County Park. The county park is an island in the Mississippi River and is in the heart of the La Crosse District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Canoeing the trail is a wonderful way to spend your day at Goose Island.  Exploring the island by water is a great way to see muskrat, mink and deer.

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Latitude: 43.745307 Longitude: -91.22625 Elevation: 635 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Canoe Trail map

This trail is for moderately experienced canoers and you should plan on 5 hours to complete. It 7 mile canoe trail winds through Wigwam Slough and is a looped trail. You will be paddling against the current for half of your trip and you may encounter strong currents, especially during high water. Trail map.

Canoe Rental
Canoes can be rented from the Goose Island Campground facility.

Goose Island Campground managed by La Crosse County has 400 campsites. Campsites may be reserved on-line or call (608) 788-7018.  

Wildlife Watching

Seasons Accessible

Canoeing the trail is best in the summer.  The trail is available in spring and fall.


There are no fees to launch canoes.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets must be on a 6' leash.

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