Lake Onalaska

Fish, paddle, or ski on Lake Onalaska! Here are some great maps of Pool 7 & Pool 8 of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge; with canoe trails, boat landings, walk-in access points, and more! Lake Onalaska is 7,700 acres and one of the widest points of the Mississippi River. While viewing Sunny the Sunfish, you can view Lake Onalaska overlooking the Minnesota bluffs.

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Latitude: 43.936363 Longitude: -91.320927 Elevation: 637 ft
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Ashley Oldenburg

Recreational Opportunities

Onalaska is known as the “Sunfish Capital of the World.” Big fat bluegill and pumpkinseed are certainly one of the area’s greatest angling resources. However, there’s much more to the fishing than just sunfish. Onalaska has everything from whopper walleye and brutish bass to some of the biggest catfish in the U.S.

Onalaska is a paddler’s paradise. Canoeing & kayaking are the very best ways to view the area’s wetlands and enjoy the scenery of the bluffs and winding backwaters. Sitting at the meeting place of the Black River and the Mississippi River and surrounded by protected wilderness areas, it’s one of the finest paddling destinations in the region. One of the highlights of canoeing and kayaking in Onalaska is nearby canoe trails and numerous canoe launching points.

Seasons Accessible

Ice fish in winter and fish by shore or boat the rest of year. Lake Onalaska had endless opportunities!



Accessibility Notes

There is a wayside and overlook on County Z that is accessible. There is a parking lot across the street (not a far distance, promise!)

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome! Whether in your boat or on public land. Please clean up after them.

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