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Prairie du Chien Life

Prairie du Chien, population 6000, is located in scenic Southwest Wisconsin at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers, where picturesque ravines and valleys separate steep, wooded bluffs. Metropolitan areas within a 60-90 mile radius of the plant include LaCrosse and Madison, Wisconsin, and Dubuque, Iowa.

Prairie du Chien is a destination spot for history buffs and a constant flow of motorcyclists enjoy riding the undulating hills of the Mississippi Valley. La Rivere Park is a 300-acre park that provides 50 to 60 miles of horseback riding and hiking trails. Just across the Mississippi River is Effigy Mounds National Monument, which contains 2,526 acres with 206 mounds, including 31 of which are effigies, and 14 miles of hiking trails. The Prairie du Chien area is truly a hunting, fishing and boating paradise.

The Wacouta Aquatic Park features an outdoor swimming pool with a water slide and is open from May through Labor Day. Hoffman Hall Sports Complex boasts an indoor, heated, Olympic-sized swimming pool, full-sized basketball count and other opportunities for physical exercise.

Golf enthusiasts may choose from two local golf courses, and a number of ball diamonds are found within the city.

For the second consecutive year, Crawford County was named one the 100 Best Communities for Young People across America—large and small, rural and urban—to live and grow up.

Colleges and universities

  • University of Wisconsin, Platteville, Madison and LaCrosse, Wisc.
  • Southwest Technical College – Fennimore, Wisc.
  • Upper Iowa University – Fayette, Ia. (classes held at PdC High School and online)
  • Luther College – Decorah, Ia.
  • Viterbo University – LaCrosse, Wisc.
  • Western Wisconsin Technical College, LaCrosse, Wisc.
  • Loras College – Dubuque, Ia.
  • Clark College – Dubuque, Ia.
  • University of Dubuque – Dubuque, Ia.
  • Northeast Iowa Community College – Calmar, Ia.

Healthcare and Fitness

  • Gundersen-Lutheran Medical Clinic
  • Gundersen-Lutheran Behavioral Health Clinic
  • Franciscan-Skemp Mayo Clinic
  • Prairie Medicine Ltd.
  • Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital
  • Prairie Maison (24-hour nursing care)
  • Hoffman Hall
  • Fitness Center plus Curves


  • Child Care Resource & Referral Inc.

Government and Community Resources

  • City of Prairie du Chien
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Courier Press (newspaper)
  • Prairie du Chien Radio Stations (2)
  • Public Library

Historical Sites

  • St. Feriole Island
  • Villa Louis
  • Fort Crawford
  • Effigy Mounds National Monument


  • Rotary
  • Jaycees
  • Kiwanis
  • Women’s Civic Club
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Masonic Lodge
  • VFW
  • American Legion
  • Eagles
  • Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club
  • Lions & Lionesses
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
  • Committee for Performing Arts
  • United Way

Prairie du Chien Rentals, Apartments and Housing

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Local realtors

Annual Events

  • Town & Country Music Jamboree
  • Rendezvous’
  • Prairie Dog Blues Festival
  • Villa Louis Carriage Classic
  • Cannons & Recoats
  • Droppin’ of the Carp
  • Taste of Prairie du Chien
  • Bald Eagle Appreciation Day
  • Ice Fisheree


  • Wyalusing State Park
  • Pikes Peak Park
  • La Rivere Park
  • Wacouta Aquatic Park

Other Places of Interest

  • Numerous antique stores
  • The Cannery
  • Eagles Landing Winery
  • Cabela’s
  • Isle of Capri


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