Five Pet-Friendly Adventures in the La Crosse Region

Let’s be honest, our pets love having us home…but it’s tough to entertain ourselves and our “best friends” each and every day. Thankfully, the La Crosse Region is full of pet-friendly fun to enjoy together! We have compiled a list of five great to-do’s for you and your furry entourage to explore this season. Happy trails…or better yet: Happy Tails!

Fishing Excursions

Fishing Excursions

Mississippi River | La Crosse, WI

Does your fur-friend like adventure? It’s the perfect season to hit the water and cast a line with your pet! The Upper Mississippi sprawls well beyond its main channel, creating hundreds of tiny islands, channels, and deep pools that harbor more species of fish than any other temperate-climate river in the world. Enjoy public docks and boat landings, rivers, or lakes; the La Crosse Region is your hot spot for fishing. Sure, your pet can’t get their own fishing license, but joining you fishing is sure to satisfy their outdoor craving. 

Landmark Photo Shoots

Landmark Photo Shoots

Sunny the Sunfish | Onalaska, WI

Is your favorite photography subject matter your fur-friend? With that irresistible smile, it’s hard to not want to take pictures all day! Fulfill your urge in the La Crosse Region, full of legendary landmarks to accompany your buddy in their photoshoot. With Sunny the Sunfish and Great River Landing in Onalaska, Grandad Bluff in La Crosse, and other notable locations found in the Region, you’re bound to fill both you and your camera’s memory with an adorable collection of images.

Public Art Walks

Public Art Walks

"Confluence" Mural| Downtown La Crosse, WI

Did you know that there are over 25 public art pieces throughout the La Crosse Region? If your furry friend is not one for water or woods, viewing the many murals and sculptures in the area provides the perfect walk. Not sure where to start? Historic Downtown La Crosse is filled with murals on the side of historic buildings and parking ramps and lovely walks stocked with sculptures as you work your way closer to Riverside Park. Create you and your pet’s bucket list of public art and get inspired!

Trail Treks

Trail Treks

Hass Tract, Lookout #11 | La Crosse, WI

With a Region as beautiful as this, it is a no brainer to want to hike high into the bluffs and enjoy the miles of views. Thankfully, there are a plethora of trails to explore with your pet! For a more rigorous hike, head up to Hixon Nature Trails or Hass Tract. If low-key is more you and your buddy’s speed, check out Lytle’s Landing! Before you start your trek, find updates and safety tips for open trails on the Outdoor Recreation Alliance, Mississippi Valley Conservancy, or DNR websites.

Park Exploration

Park Exploration

Halfway Creek Park | Holmen, WI

Could there be a more timeless adventure than that of visiting a park with your “best friend?” In the La Crosse Region, the parks thrive and are gorgeous settings for a stroll with your pet. Whether you hit famous Riverside Park, escape the city life and venture to Myrick Park, or head over the Big Blue Bridge (Cass St. Bridge) into Minnesota and wander Eagle Bluff Park in La Crescent, you’re sure to relish the sights and cultures. The La Crosse Region highlights La Crosse, WI, Onalaska, WI, West Salem, WI, Holmen, WI, The Town of Campbell, WI, and La Crescent, MN. Be sure to visit their Parks & Rec websites for more details on noteworthy parks to roam.