Trempealeau Lakes State Fishery Area
The Trempealeau Lakes State Fishery Area is only 164 acres in size, but has a mix of habitats that draw a nice variety of animals and birds. The lakes are separated from the Mississippi River by marshes and are ringed with floodplain forests of maple and river birch. Canoe or hike the area to see cuckoos, Red-shouldered Hawk and Belted Kingfishers. Great Horned and Barred Owls nest here along with Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. In the winter, springs keep part of the lakes open for birds like the Great Blue Heron who sometimes winter here. Prairie restorations hold grassland birds including Song Sparrows, Common Yellowthroats and Willow Flycatchers. The lakes are host to many species of waterfowl.
Directions: From Trempealeau, take Hwy 35 one mile east toward Lock & Dam #6. Cross the railroad tracks and turn left 1 mile to the entrance.
Gazetteer: Page 48, D-5 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 65, F-8 (10th edition).
Signature species: Bald Eagles and Great Egrets.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Parking: Parking lot provided.
Nearest food & lodging: Trempealeau, 2 miles west.