Trempealeau, Wisconsin - Great River Road
Mississippi River view from the deck of the Trempeleau Hotel
Located on Hwy 35 about 20 miles north of LaCrosse along the Mississippi River, Trempealeau, Wisconsin was founded in 1851. Originally called Reeds Landing, the village expanded as commercial and recreational traffice expanded on the river and the railroad line completed in 1871 created hopes it would become a major shipping point.
While the high hopes for becoming a prominent Mississippi River port were never realized, the town has successfully morphed into a charming recreational community. The abandonded Chicago & Northwestern Railway line became a bike trail that connects with Wisconsin's most famous bicycling trail - The Sparta to Elroy Trail. The Trempealeau Hotel, built in 1871, continues to offer lodging to travelers and some of the finest dining and entertainment along the Great River Road. Some of the other structures from the late 1800s are now artisan shops or B&Bs. The village is the gateway to Perrot State Park, one of our favorite camping parks along the Great River Road. Perrot offers 97 camp sites, a nature center, several hiking trails, canoeing through a network of of sloughs and creeks, a boat landing, and fishing. Complementing Perrot's recreational amenities are the adjacent Trempealeau National Wildlfie Refuge and the park and marina at Lock & Dam #6.
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< < < The downtown River Walk.
Some of the historic buildings from the 1800s, like this one from 1895, have been restored and converted to new uses. > > >
< < < The Trempealeau Hotel dates back to 1871.