Area Information



Onalaska, WI is along the banks of the Black River and Lake Onalaska providing outdoor opportunities including the 200,000-acre Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The refuge is popular for hunting, fishing, boating and camping. There are also more than 280 species for birdwatching. The Great River State Trail provides connections to over 105 miles of continuous bike trails as well as an observation deck. In Onalaska you’ll also find beautiful parks with facilities for year-round recreation. The OmniCenter hosts hockey/skating in the winter as well as trade shows, community festivals and events.

Annual celebrations include Rugged Run, Celebrate Onalaska, Fleis Nightfall Frolic and Sunfish Days. Many of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations are also held in the La Crosse County, WI area.


New York native Thomas G. Rowe founded the town of Onalaska, WI in 1851. A poem by Thomas Campbell was the origin of the name Onalaska, which means “The Pleasure of Hope.” Onalaska quickly became a flourishing lumber town and also attracted early settlers with its fertile farmland and remarkable fishing and hunting.


Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare in Onalaska, WI provide modern medical services to patients throughout La Crosse County, WI.

The School District of Onalaska consists of five schools for K-12 students and also offers school-to-work and gifted and talented programs. Onalaska, WI also features private schools. Higher education is available at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Western Wisconsin Technical College and Viterbo College.


La Crosse County, WI features a strong economic base and a growing technology sector. Trane, Kwik Trip, Walmart and CenturyLink are among the major companies doing business here.


Weather in Onalaska, WI includes 43 inches of snow and 34 inches of rain each year on average. Measurable precipitation occurs on 113 days, while the sun shines on 193 days annually. Summer highs average in the mid-80s and in the winter low temperatures often fall into the single digits.

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