No matter what the season, it’s the perfect place to explore, have fun and relax !
Onalaska is linked to over 101 miles of exceptional state bicycle trails and is located at the juncture of the Great River State Trail and the La Crosse River State Trail, two of the Midwest’s most beautiful bicycling trails. The country roads surrounding Onalaska also provide excellent bicycling. What makes bicycling in Onalaska so special is the fantastic scenery provided by the Mississippi River bluffs, rolling hills and sprawling wetlands.
The OmniCenter, located in the center of Van Riper Park, consists of a 28,000 square foot arena that can be divided to support smaller events, a 2,000 square foot conference room, full kitchen facilities, and a large outdoor picnic shelter. The facilities are handicapped accessible with convenient free parking located directly adjacent to the building.
Onalaska is a paddler's paradise. 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. Canoeing and kayaking are the very best ways to view the area's wetlands and enjoy the scenery of the bluffs and winding backwaters. One of the highlights of paddling in Onalaska is a set of canoe trails and numerous canoe launching points.
Onalaska offers more than 20 parks, offering everything from athletic courts and swimming pools, to walking trails, picnic areas and shelters. In the winter, you’ll find lighted sledding hills, as well as ice skating and hockey rinks. A number of swimming pools and aquatic centers serve Onalaska residents and visitors. Aquatic centers in Onalaska and Holmen offer large pools and waterslides. The YMCA in Onalaska offers year-round swimming. And West Salem is home to the Swarthout Pool, located next to West Salem High School.