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Lake Onalaska In Wisconsin

Lake Onalaska, Wisconsin

Boating, camping and fishing.

Located in the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Lake Onalaska is a 8,400-acre boating and fishing lake on the western border of Wisconsin, at La Crosse. Canoes, kayaks, pontoons and fishing boats are available for rent at the lake. There is access for fishing from shore at numerous places on the northern and eastern shores, and on the island. A half dozen boat landings and boat launch ramps are open to the public. These flooded backwaters create miles and miles of shoreline with an endless number of channels, islands and clusters of aquatic vegetation. Ice fishing is popular in winter when there is safe ice. In the warmer months opportunities for boating and fishing abound. The lake has nice populations of walleye, northern pike, perch, catfish, bass, crappie and sunfish.

Area Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES


La Crosse Land Conservation Campground - 608 785-9867

Bluebird Springs RV Park - 608 781-2267

Scenic Acres Camp Ground - 507 643-6043

Mulberry Meadows RV Park - 507 429-1667

Lake Onalaska Map


Fish species found in Lake Onalaska include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch and northern pike.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch Northern pike

Click here for a WI Fishing License.

Local Contact Information

La Crosse Land Conservation Campground
400 4th St N
La Crosse, WI 54601
608 785-9867

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