Wisconsin River Towns
Blame Mark Twain. Everytime we think about the Mississippi we think about high adventure. When's the last time you spent some time on North America's greatest waterway? When Mr. Twain sent Huck and Jim down the river on that raft, he inspired generations of readers to explore this recreational paradise.
Hudson, Wisconsin is located on the beautiful St. Croix River, which offers outstanding recreational opportunities. The five-acre Lakefront Park is nestled along the shores of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Following the river south brings us to Prescott, where the Mississippi first becomes the dividing line between Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Travelers to Bay City find a quiet spot for eagle watching, picnicking, hiking, fishing and antique shopping. Picturesque Stockholm rests on the shore of the river's 30-mile-long Lake Pepin, where its quaint homes and businesses hug 300-foot bluffs. Formed by the delta of the Chippewa River, Lake Pepin is a 28-mile-long, three-mile-wide natural waterway. Pepin itself has a quaint museum housed in the former railroad depot, and it's just the right size for a little town in the big woods.
Alma, Wisconsin offers extensive opportunities for water-based recreation, ranging from backwater hunting and fishing to sightseeing along the river. The Alma Fishing Float is a big attraction for those who love to fish in the deep water. A ferry will take you to the float which is located in the middle of the river, just below the lock and dam. Each year, bird lovers visit the Riecks Lake Park Observation Platform to see migrating tundra swans traveling from northern Canada and Alaska to the Chesapeake Bay area.
For La Crosse, Wisconsin, the blending of the German and American style has been happy and successful. Parades, pageantry, royalty, brew, bratwurst, and world famous entertainment has made La Crosse's very own Oktoberfest one of the finest in the nation. The towering bluffs, the Great River Road and the Great River State Bike Trail all offer unexcelled views of activity on the mighty Mississippi River.
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