Myrick Hixon EcoPark, La Crosse River Marsh, Riverside Park, and Myrick Park
The best birding in La Crosse is found in this group of city parks that collectively offer more than 800 acres. Hiking trails access bluffs, wetlands, woodlands and native prairies. Hike to the top of Grandad Bluff, the city’s signature overlook with exceptional views of the Mississippi River. You can even observe wildlife from floating observation platforms in the marsh. The Myrick Hixon EcoPark is an area hub for maps, educational displays, and naturalist programs. The five mile-long River to Bluff Trail runs from the bluffs of Hixon Forest to Riverside Park on the Mississippi River. The trail cuts through the La Crosse River Marsh. It’s a great way to see this secluded area. Birds vary with the habitat and include terns, Great Egrets and Virginia Rails in the wetlands, Pileated Woodpeckers and thrushes in the woodlands.
Directions: The Myrick Hixon EcoPark is located at 2702 Quarry Road.
Gazetteer: Page 40, B-1 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 74, B-2 (10th edition).
Signature Species: Yellow-throated Vireo, Great Egret and Lincoln Sparrow.
Seasonality: Properties open dawn to dusk all year; Nature Center open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun 1-4 pm.
Parking: Parking lots at each property.
Nearest food & lodging: La Crosse.