Great River State Trail This 24-mile rail bed trail winds its way through the Mississippi River bottom lands north from Onalaska through Trempealeau, Perrot State Park, and the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. This 6,226-acre refuge lies within the Mississippi River flyway. The refuge’s rolling prairies, rich wetlands and bottomland forests support a variety of wildlife species. Established in 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the refuge is a breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. It is an isolated backwater, cut off from the Mississippi and the Trempealeau Rivers by dikes, providing needed resting and feeding areas for waterfowl and other birds.
People can visit the refuge year round, during daylight hours. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing. Visit during each season to experience the variety of wildlife at the refuge. An accessible trail leads to the observation deck with mounted scopes for easy wildlife observation. Other trails lead visitors through prairie and wooded habitats full of wildlife wonders!
Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
W28488 Refuge Road, Trempealeau, WI 54661
The park’s 1,400 acres nestle among bluffs where the Trempealeau and Mississippi rivers meet. From the 500-foot river bluffs, one can enjoy breathtaking views of the mighty Mississippi. Camping, hiking, boating, cross-country skiing, and access to the Great River State Trail. Box 407, Trempealeau 54661. (608) 534-6409.