Photo Spots

Photo Spots is a curated list of locations in the area that are good spots for photography. This is a new feature so we are still adding locations.

To use:

  • Enter an address and distance in the filter and apply to see photo spots near that address. There are additional options available under "more filters" that can narrow your search.
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Riverside Park

0.34 miles

100 State Street
La Crosse, WI
United States

Riverside International Friendship Gardens

0.42 miles

405 East Veterans Memorial Drive
La Crosse, WI
United States

Marsh View from Lang Drive

1.19 miles

80 Lang Drive
La Crosse, WI
United States

Myrick Park

1.63 miles

789 Myrick Park Drive
La Crosse, WI
United States

Grandad Bluff

2.20 miles

3020 Grandad Bluff Road
La Crosse, WI
United States

Paul E. Stry Nature Preserve

3.30 miles

w5845 Wisconsin 33
La Crosse, WI
United States

Goose Island

6.23 miles

Goose Island Interpretive Trail
Stoddard, WI
United States

Holland Sand Prairie

10.95 miles

W7781 County Road MH
Holmen, WI
United States

Brownsville Overlook

11.08 miles

Great River Road
Brownsville, MN
United States

Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center

14.20 miles

N455 O. Ophus Rd.
Coon Valley, WI
United States

Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge

21.19 miles

w28488 Refuge Road
Trempealeau, WI
United States

John A. Latsch State Park

42.99 miles

19041 Minnesota 74
Altura, MN
United States

Looking down the river at Riverside Park towards the big blue bridges.
1 - Riverside Park
Address:

100 State Street
La Crosse, WI
United States

With views of the river, boats, and bridges, the beautiful Riverside International Friendship Gardens, concerts in the bandshell, and more, there is something for everyone to photograph.

2 - Riverside International Friendship Gardens
Address:

405 East Veterans Memorial Drive
La Crosse, WI
United States

A beautiful garden filled with flowers, a pond, and other interesting things to photograph nestled between Riverside Park and the La Crosse River.

A line of ducks floating in the marsh.
3 - Marsh View from Lang Drive
Address:

80 Lang Drive
La Crosse, WI
United States

Walk the sidewalk on the road that goes right through the marsh and see wildlife on either side.

Swan in marsh by Myrick Park.
4 - Myrick Park
Address:

789 Myrick Park Drive
La Crosse, WI
United States

Myrick Park has a lot to offer with shelters, a huge playground, and the Myrick Park Center but what is of most interest to nature photographers is that it is a gateway to the wetlands and the entire area trail system.

View of the park on top of Grandad Bluff taken from the Myrick Park marsh.
5 - Grandad Bluff
Address:

3020 Grandad Bluff Road
La Crosse, WI
United States

Grandad Bluff is the largest and most well known bluff in the La Crosse area. At the top is a park with a shelter and a scenic overlook. From there you can see not only the city of La Crosse but also Minnesota to the west and Iowa to the south.  There are also hiking trails available.

Waterfall surrounded by rocks with greenery above.
6 - Paul E. Stry Nature Preserve
Address:

w5845 Wisconsin 33
La Crosse, WI
United States

This little gem is hidden away just outside the city limits of La Crosse in Shelby. It's not very big but it packs two waterfalls, ponds, multiple paved trails, and plenty of greenery to get your nature fix.

A tree reflected in the water.
7 - Goose Island
Address:

Goose Island Interpretive Trail
Stoddard, WI
United States

Goose Island lies on the Mississippi in the southern part of La Crosse County and Northern part of Vernon County. It has a large park with water access and trails.

8 - Upper Mississippi River NWFR-La Crosse District
Address:

5727 County Road Z
Onalaska, WI
United States

Preserved prairie land on Brice Prairie with an overlook of Lake Onalaska. Home to many different flowers, birds, and insects.

 

Monarch butterfly on flower.
9 - Holland Sand Prairie
Address:

W7781 County Road MH
Holmen, WI
United States

The bison are gone but this patch of ancient wild has birds and wildflowers galore.

A pair of tundra swans in water.
10 - Brownsville Overlook
Address:

Great River Road
Brownsville, MN
United States

Overlooking the Mississippi River and right on the migration path, this is a great place to see a variety of birds but is most famous for the Tundra Swans in the fall.

Two of the historic buildings at Norskedalen. One is small and grey and the other is taller with red siding on top.
11 - Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center
Address:

N455 O. Ophus Rd.
Coon Valley, WI
United States

This Coon Valley gem offers nature and history in one pretty package.

A great blue heron stands on a dry spot in an algae covered pond.
12 - Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge
Address:

w28488 Refuge Road
Trempealeau, WI
United States

Wetlands, prairie, and woods teeming with wildlife all in one drivable and hikable package.

Sunrise over the Mississippi River from the top of a bluff.
13 - John A. Latsch State Park
Address:

19041 Minnesota 74
Altura, MN
United States

It's a long climb to the top but this park offers a scenic overlook 500 feet above the Mississippi River and 450 acres to explore.