La Crosse River Marsh

The La Crosse River Marsh is a large wetland complex in the floodplain of the Lower La Crosse River.  With its raised trail system and considerable habitat for wetland dependent animals, birds, and plants, the marsh provides excellent year-round wildlife viewing, birding, and recreational opportunities. Its location in the City of La Crosse makes it easily accessible, and as part of the Upper Mississippi River flyway it is one of the most popular urban wetlands in Wisconsin. 

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Latitude: 43.822723 Longitude: -91.225198 Elevation: 636 ft


Recreational Opportunities

A raised trail system through the marsh provides hiking, biking and running opportunities while also providing excellent wildlife viewing and bird watching along the several miles of trails that run through or adjacent to the marsh complex.  The La Crosse Marsh trails connect with La Crosse River and the Great River State biking trails providing access to the some of the best trails in Western Wisconsin. The La Crosse River and the marsh also provides canoeing and kayaking opportunities.

Seasons Accessible

Trails are accessible year-around. Ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in the marsh is possible during the winter months. Canoe and kayak access at Earl's Landing at Gillette Street and a take-out is located approximately 4 miles downstream at Riverside Park near the mouth of the river.



Accessibility Notes

Best access to the trail system is at the north end of Myrick Park or the northeastern end of Riverside Park.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs on a leash are welcomed. A small dog park is present to the west of Myrick Park and adjacent to the La Crosse Marsh.


Early morning runs, walks with family and my Corgi, Sophie, bike rides, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, slow educational walks with my granddaughter - what an incredible place in our midst! The wildlife never ceases to surprise and amaze me, baby owls, green herons, mink, otters, beavers, turtles busy laying their eggs alongside the trails, birds of every description and song - this is truly a heavenly haven to enjoy. Add to this, the awesome views of our bluffs which also invite hiking and biking no matter the weather. Trails lead to the Mississippi River and also the bluffs - what a wonderful way to spend a day!

Ardelle, 9/13/2016

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