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ANNUAL TRAVEL GUIDE

B U F F A L O COUNTY, WISCONSIN

WWW.BUFFALOCOUNTY.COM


W E L C O M E

Welcome to Buffalo County in West Central Wisconsin on the Mighty Mississippi River! As the northernmost section of the 4-state Driftless Region, the non-glaciated lands of Buffalo County offer 500-foot bluffs along the Mississippi River, high ridges, winding valleys, prairies, oak savannas, river bottoms and an abundance of Wisconsin’s protected Natural Areas. The Upper Mississippi National Wildlife & Fish Refuge and the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge protect the Mississippi River wetlands. Views from Buena Vista in Alma and Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum in Fountain City are the highest points overlooking the Mississippi River valley.

TO BUFFALO COUNTY

Century farms from the 1850s, when agriculture first came to Buffalo County, dot the countryside. Organic and CSA farming can be found in the county as well as the newest rage, pizza farms. Buffalo County boasts four pizza farms, with Suncrest Gardens Farm, the original. Two wineries, Seven Hawks in Fountain City and Danzinger in Alma, are part of the wine renaissance in Buffalo County … growing their own grapes and making their own wines. They’re an important part of the local viticulture, producing award winning wines and offering beautiful tasting rooms. Fountain City was the first settlement in Buffalo County in 1839, followed by Alma, Wisconsin in 1848. Today most of the City of Alma is a National Historic District but both communities are beautiful historic river towns. Since the 1860’s when Gerhard Gesell opened his photography & art studio, Buffalo County has attracted artists. Today there is a thriving art community where you’ll find unique, one-of-a-kind items inspired by Buffalo County’s natural surroundings. Make sure you take to Buffalo County’s 470 miles of paved county & state roads for enjoyable backroad driving. Just get lost in the beauty or try Mondovi to Waumandee Valley and on to Fountain City & the Mississippi River for a cross-county drive. You’ll wind you way through breathtaking scenery and rural farms. Discover a place that remains mostly untouched by modern development. Need proof? There’s only one stop light in the county to let the folks from Minnesota into Wisconsin for a getaway! Are you a birder? The entire western coast of Buffalo County borders the Mississippi River and the Mississippi Flyway. More than 350 bird species migrate in the spring and fall along the Flyway. Numerous Bald Eagle nests can be seen on the river and Alma, Wisconsin is known as a birding “hot spot”, just being named as a Wisconsin Bird City. Art, antiques, shopping, locally-grown food, live music, nature, festivals and fun await you in Buffalo County. Thanks for coming and enjoy your stay! TABLE OF CONTENTS

2 Welcome to Buffalo County 3 Events 4 Nelson 6 Alma 9 Fishing 10 Parks & Refuges 11 Mississippi River 12 Waumandee 14 Hiking & Biking 15 Explore Buffalo County 16 Travel Map 18 County Resources/Map Legend 19 On The Farm 20 Cochrane 21 Golf The Driftless 22 Buffalo City 23 Paddling 24 Mondovi 25 Hunting 26 Fountain City 29 Business Resources

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ANNUAL

E V E N T S IN BUFFALO COUNTY Alma, County Seat

Eagles On Ice Birding Event

January

Alma

Winter Fest Ice Fishing Contest

January

Cochrane & Buffalo City

Mirror Lake Ice Fishing Contest

February

Mondovi

Shamrock Shuffle

March

Mondovi

St Padraig’s Weekend

March

Fountain City

Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Fair

April

Alma

Smelt Feed

April

Alma

100 Mile Garage Sale

May

Fountain City to Nelson

> Eau Claire, WI

47 miles

Great River Birding Festival

May

Alma

Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum

May-October

Fountain City (Sat & Sun)

> LaCrosse, WI

55 miles

Mississippi Thunder Speedway

May-August

Fountain City (Friday)

> Rochester, MN

57 miles

Midnight Riders Gymkhana

May-August

Mondovi (Tuesday)

> Twin Cities, MN

91 miles

Loomis Lazy L Fun Horse Show

May-August

Mondovi (Wednesday)

> Madison, WI

192 miles

Memorial Day Main Street Parade

May

Alma

> Chicago, IL

221 miles

Rhubarb Festival

June

Fountain City

Fire In The Shire

June

Alma

> Davenport, IA

242 miles

Sheepshead Classic

June

Nelson

> Milwaukee, WI

259 miles

Hog Roast, Fire Department

June

Nelson

The Past In The Park

June

Mondovi

Dairy Breakfast

June

Montana 2017

Friendship Days

June/July

Mondovi

4th of July Celebration

July

Buffalo City & Cochrane

Biggest Little Fair

July

Gilmanton

Swiss Heritage Days

July

Alma

Little Britches Rodeo

July

Mondovi

Tell Jamboree

July

Tell

Buffalo County Agricultural Fair

August

Mondovi

Fountain City Days

August

Fountain City

Draft Horse Pull

August

Alma

Waumandee Waddle

August

Waumandee

Drive The Great River Road Month

September

Fountain City to Nelson

Old Time Farm Fest

September

Fountain City

Alma Music & Art Festival

September

Alma

Draft Horse Pull

September

Mondovi

Buffalo County Back Roads Tour

September

Mondovi 2017

Waumandee Hill Climb

September

Waumandee & Alma

Quilting By The River

October

Alma

Plow Fest

October

Waumandee

Flyway Film Festival

October

Alma

Christmas Walk

November

Mondovi

Christmas In Alma

Nov/Dec

Alma

Christmas House Walk

December

Alma

CFC Annual Holiday Show & Craft Fair

December

Fountain City

Santa Saturday

December

Mondovi

WISCONSIN COUNTIES

MILEAGE TO ALMA, WI FROM

Buffalo County Economic Development Committee Buffalo County Courthouse 407 S 2nd Street, Alma, Wisconsin 54610 Editor:  KCG Creative Services Designer:  Evans-Stark Design Photography: KC Goodman of KCG Creative Jake Avery of Photography by Jake Printer:  La Crosse Graphics To advertise or receive additional Travel Guides email tourism@co.buffalo.wi.us. COVER IMAGE — Remembering John Runions. Many thanks to the family of artist John Runions for permission to use his watercolor “Big Sky Country”.  In 1974 he moved his family from  Chicago IL to Buffalo County because our bluffs “spoke to him” and were integral to his art.  He painted many scenes of Buffalo County from farms and river scenes to fishing in the streams. He was prolific at documenting historic buildings in his works. You can see a few of John’s watercolor works on display at Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center in Alma, Wisconsin.

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AT THE BRIDGE

N E L S O N

NELSON sits at the base of two twin bluffs and

NATURAL AREAS surround Nelson and

was settled in the late 1840’s as Nelson Landing. Wildlife and birds abound within the many state wildlife areas that surround Nelson. Follow the Dike Road (Wisconsin State Highway 25) to Minnesota and the Mississippi River bridge, where you’ll find great fishing all year & paddling in the Mississippi backwaters. Nelson-Trevino Bottoms National Canoe Trail is accessed from the Dike Road.

include Tiffany State Natural Area & NelsonTrevino Bottoms State Natural Area. The Dike Road travels through the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. The 161 acre Nature Conservancy Addition to the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area is designated by the Wisconsin Historical Society as an important archaeological site once used by Native Americans.

HISTORIC NELSON CREAMERY is no longer an

HIKE the Nature Conservancy’s 161-acre

operational cheese factory, but is a very popular stop for ice cream. They offer a great selection of cheese, wines & lots of goodies for a picnic!

property or Thrive! Park’s 25+ acre bluff side, public park. Offering hiking, birding, great views, bluffs, valleys and the Mississippi River.

PIZZA ON THE FARM is an excuse to drive the back roads to The Stone Barn. FESTIVALS & EVENTS

POINTS OF INTEREST • Thrive! Park • Castleberg Park • Historic Nelson Creamery • The Stone Barn (Pizza Farm) • Nelson’s Landing RV Park 4

• Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State Natural Area • Twin Bluffs • Dike Road, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge

• Nature Conservancy Addition to the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area • Mississippi River Bridge to Wabasha MN • Nelson-Trevino Bottoms National Canoe Trail

• June, Sheepshead Classic • June, Fire Department Hog Roast


Nelson, WI

W I N E

TRUE LOCAL WINES Looking for a wine tasting adventure? Buffalo County offers local estate bottled wines at two award winning wineries: Danzinger Vineyard sitting atop the Alma Bluff and overlooking the Mississippi River and Seven Hawks Vineyard in historic Fountain City.

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY VITICULTURE AREA Buffalo County’s wineries grow their own grapes in vineyards that are focused on cold-climate grapes. Offering red wines, white wines & dessert wines … many of them are award winners. Both wineries produce estate bottled grape wines made from their own grapes and bottled on-site. Danzinger Vineyards also offers fruit wines.

IN THE COUNTY

Wine tastings are free at both tasting rooms. Travel safely, designate a driver and enjoy a delightful glass of wine while visiting Buffalo County. If you are following the Great River Road Wine Trail, Buffalo County is a perfect home base for an overnight stay offering many options for lodging, dining and adventure. We’re located within an hour of 9 wineries, and just a few minutes from most.

T A S T I N G

WINERIES & TASTING ROOMS DANZINGER VINEYARD was named “Winery Of The Year” in 2013 by the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association. Their tasting room & patio have a fabulous view of the Upper Mississippi River Valley! Main Hall and the Pavilion are available for weddings and special events. Alma, Wisconsin Open Daily, 10am-5pm March 15th-December 31st S2015 Grapeview Lane Alma, WI 54610 danzingervineyard.com 608-685-6000 SEVEN HAWKS VINEYARDS grows their grapes in the vineyards just north of Fountain City and offers wine tasting at their Tasting Room & Wine Bar in historic Fountain City. Available for special events. Fountain City, Wisconsin Fri-Sat, 11am-7pm Mon-Thur, 11am-6pm Sun, Noon-6pm 17 North Street Fountain City, WI 54629 sevenhawksvineyards.com 866-946-3741

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ON THE RIVER

A L M A

VISITOR CENTER Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 608.685.3303 Email: info@almawisconsin. com Web: almawisconsin.com explorealma.com

ALMA is home to Buena Vista, the largest natural balcony overlooking the Mississippi River, the Great Alma Fishing Float, and Lock & Dam #4. Most of this historic river town is a designated National Historic District. Alma is a thriving art community with many artisan galleries on Main Street. Shop to your heart’s content … there are over 20 small shops along Main Street offering unique one-of-a-kind items. Make sure to visit Danzinger Winery & Tasting Room at the top of the Alma Bluff for estate bottled wine & free tastings! Great Mississippi River Valley views!

Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center offers a viewing deck on the Mississippi River

below Lock & Dam #4 and is the only Visitor Center in Buffalo County. Alma is a birding “hot spot”, known for Bald Eagles. During May the community celebrates Great River Birding Month as it “Goes To The Birds”, welcoming travelers along the Mississippi Flyway.

Nature abounds for those who like to hike; Buena Vista Trail climbs 550’ feet from Main Street Alma to the top of the Bluff and Buena Vista Park. Famous for weddings! Mossy Hollow Trails offer great hikes & birding. Rieck’s Lake hosts many migrating birds and waterfowl throughout the year and is part of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge and the mouth of the Buffalo River.

POINTS OF INTEREST

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS

• Buena Vista Park, Overlook & Hiking Trail

• Great Alma Fishing Float

• Castlerock Arms & Armory Museum

• January Eagles On Ice

• Mossy Hollow Hiking Trails

• Alma to Finger Lakes National Canoe Trail

• Alma Area Museum

• June Fire In the Shire

• Lock & Dam #4 With Railroad Bridge

• Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center

• Rieck’s Lake Park & Campground

• July Swiss Heritage Days

• National Historic District & Historic Tell Church

• Danzinger Winery & Tasting Room

• Historic Stairstep Streets • Wedding Destination

• May Great River Birding Festival

• September Alma Music & Art Festival • October Quilting By The River • December Christmas In Alma


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Local Art Exhibits Gifts & Souvenirs River Viewing

WINGSOVERALMA.ORG

110 N. MAIN STREET, ALMA, WI 608-685-3303 OPEN DAILY, 11-4 PM

Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 4 pm Sundays Memorial Day to Labor Day Group days by appointment 402 South 2nd Street Alma, WI 54610 608-685-4231

www.castlerockmuseum.com

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WEDDING / EVENT FLORIST

608-685-4701

Alma, Wisconsin


Alma, WI

The Tritsch House Bed & Breakfast

Alma, Wisconsin

The Empire Room

Queen Anne with period rooms, private baths & jacuzzi tubs, porches with a river view, wireless internet & cable TV.

at the Hotel de Ville Grand

Modern American Bistro River Views

601 South 2nd Street 507-450-6573 thetritschhouse.org

Alma, WI 608.685.9669

Blue Door Inn

In Historic Alma, Wisconsin

BLUE DOOR INN 331 S Main Street Alma, WI 54610 (608) 685-9700 BlueDoorInnAlma.com Complimentary Breakfast Wireless Internet River Views On Historic Main Street

Spend A Night In Living History! Miles of streams and rivers, including the Mighty Mississippi, make Buffalo County a premier fishing destination. Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall … we fish all year long! GREAT ALMA FISHING FLOAT

ALMA Business Page ADS

Mississippi River, Alma, WI | Fee: $18 RIVERS IN BUFFALO COUNTY • Mississippi River

F I S H I N G

• Buffalo River • Trempealeau River OUTFITTERS • Rutting Ridge Outfitters WISCONSIN FISHING LICENSE INFO Wisconsin is a great state to fish! Kids 15 and under fish free every day. So do anglers born before 1927 and active duty military on furlough or leave who are Wisconsin residents.

IN THE COUNTY

• Chippewa River

Purchase your Wisconsin Fishing License at a local KwikTrip convenience store or online at GoWild.wi.gov. See pages 16-17 (map) and page 18 for streams and boat landings.

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P A R K S & R E F U G E S

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE & FISH REFUGE The “jewel” of the natural areas in Buffalo County is the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. It was established by an Act of Congress in 1924 “as a breeding place for migratory bids, fish, other wildlife & plants. The northern end begins at the confluence of the Mississippi and Chippewa rivers in Buffalo County and the southern end is near Rock Island, Illinois. Just over 240,000 acres of wooded islands, marshes, and backwaters comprise the Refuge, winding through 4 states for 261 miles providing a home for hundreds of species of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and native plants.

IN THE COUNTY

Buffalo County is bordered by rivers. The grandest is the Mississippi River to the west, the western border river is the Chippewa River, the eastern border river is the Trempealeau River and the Buffalo River cuts through the county and ends up along the northern border of the County. All of Buffalo County’s streams, creeks and rivers feed into the Mississippi River. The communities of Buffalo County offer local parks and vistas with over 20 parks available for your enjoyment. Fishing, hiking, birding, camping and picnics await!

NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES

WISCONSIN STATE NATURAL AREAS

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge

Big Swamp Wildlife Area

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

Buffalo River Trail Prairies State Natural Area

NATIONAL WATER RECREATION TRAILS Nelson-Trevino Bottoms National Recreational Trail (Canoe) Alma to Finger Lakes National Recreational Trail (Canoe)

WISCONSIN STATE PARKS Merrick State Park (north of Fountain City)

WISCONSIN STATE TRAILS Great River State Trail (Marshland to La Crosse) Buffalo River State Trail (Mondovi to Fairchild)

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Big Swamp Tamarack Fen State Natural Area

Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State Natural Area Tiffany Bottoms State Natural Area Tiffany Wildlife Area Trempealeau River Meadow State Natural Area Whitman Bottoms Floodplain Forest State Natural Area Whitman Dam Wildlife Area

COMMUNITY PARKS & VISTAS Check out page 18, County Resources for the 20 local community parks and vistas. See the Buffalo County Travel Map (pages 16 & 17) for locations.


M I S S I S S I P P I

Bordering on the Mississippi River, Buffalo County has been greatly impacted by this mighty river. The River brought explorers & settlers. The River supported the local economy through fishing, trapping & logging. The River produced the Mississippi bottom land, the marshes & bluffs.

IN THE COUNTY

Today the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge protects 240,000 acres of this riverbased environment and it’s wildlife, partnering with the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. It’s been named by RAMSAR as a Wetland Of International Importance. Participating in this preservation work, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has designated 10 sites in Buffalo County as State Natural Areas and created Merrick State Park in Fountain City.

R I V E R

Barges & Towboats are prevalent on the River and this in-land water navigation is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers using a system of 29 locks & dams and maintenance of a 9-foot shipping channel along the Upper Mississippi River.

Operators of Personal Water Craft from rented houseboats to pontoons, kayaks & canoes, fishing boats & power boats enjoy boating on the Mississippi River. Rentals are available from local marinas or Merrick State Park. There are 20 boat landings on the Mississippi River in Buffalo County, providing great access to the river.

LOCK & DAM #4 With Observation Deck: Alma, WI to Kellogg, MN; Gateway to Lake Pepin

Check out page 18, County Resources for the 20 boat landings. For locations search “Wisconsin Boat Landings Google”.

LOCK & DAM #5: Winona County, MN to Buffalo City, WI LOCK & DAM #5A: Fountain City, WI to Goodview, MN Riverboats have been a way of life bringing the first explorers and settlers to the western coast of Wisconsin. In the summertime it’s a special treat to watch a riverboat passing through a Mississippi River lock, playing it’s calliope and exchanging welcoming waves with river travelers.

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IN THE VALLEY

W A U M A N D E E

WAUMANDEE was part of the rural frontier of 1850’s Wisconsin located in the center of Buffalo County. The name is translated as “War Eagle” from the Sioux or “clear & sparkling water” from the Chippewa … the source has been lost but both apply to Waumandee Valley.

Touring By Bike, Motorcycle or Car Beautiful scenery and a great “back road” trip awaits the traveler to Waumandee through the valley up the steep slopes and across the high ridges on Buffalo County’s paved road system and along Wisconsin State Highway 88 up County Road E and County Road U.

Trout Streams Are you after the elusive trout? Buffalo County offers over 8,000 acres of water and 73 trout streams. Waumandee Creek & Little Waumandee Creek (Class II Trout Streams) carve POINTS OF INTEREST • Harmonia Hall, National Historic Site

History Harmonia Hall & Park, a National Historic Site, was organized in 1861 as the local “singing society”. The Waumandee House, constructed in 1879, was a hotel during much of its history and today is a restaurant. St Boniface Church was established in 1862 and the current church building was constructed in 1887. Waumandee Mill was built in 1863 as a flour mill powered by Waumandee Creek, it is the oldest mill still standing in Western Wisconsin and is privately owned. Montana Salem United Methodist Church was organized in 1863, the current building was built in 1918.

FESTIVALS & EVENTS • Waumandee Mill

• Waumandee House

• Buffalo County Resort: Campground, Cabins

• St Boniface Catholic Church

• Montana Salem United Methodist Church ,

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through the Waumandee Valley and flow to the Mississippi River. See the Buffalo County Travel Map (pages 16 & 17) for trout stream locations.

• August, Waumandee Waddle • September, Waumandee Hill Climb • October, Waumandee Lions Plow Fest


Waumandee, WI

LOCAL CAMPING

GREAT RIVER HARBOR Alma, 125 Sites BUFFALO COUNTY RESORT Waumandee DRIFT INN Fountain City, 13 Sites SILVER MOON CAMPGROUND Alma, 13 Sites

TOURIST PARK Mondovi, 6 Sites NELSON LANDING RV PARK Nelson , 100 Sites SLEEPY HOLLOW CAMPGROUND Fountain City, 35 Sites

STATE CAMPGROUND MERRICK STATE PARK 65 Sites

SHORELINE CAMPING RIECKS LAKE PARK Alma, 20 Sites

MERRICK STATE PARK Fountain City, 65 Sites

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Buffalo County has affordable, scenic campgrounds with excellent facilities. Campgrounds guarantee a perfect place for peaceful tent camping in the wilderness, RV camping in a friendly park, or camping with your family. Have a boat? You can even camp on the Mississippi River sand islands!

G O LC FA I M N P G II nN TG h e C o u n t y

ISLAND CAMPING

UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE & FISH REFUGE Sand Islands On The Mississippi River

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B I K I N G IN THE COUNTY

views from breathtaking bluff tops STATE WILDLIFE AREAS  Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State and peaceful prairies. Experience  Buffalo River State Trail | Mondo- Natural Area | Nelson WI vi WI  Whitman Dam Wildlife Area | the Refuges and the Mississippi Buffalo City WI River. Take your camera!  Great River State Trail | Bluff  Trempealeau Meadow State Natu- LOCAL TRAILS Siding WI ANGEL BLUFF, MVC Trail  Merrick State Park | Fountain ral Area | Bluff Siding WI Nelson, Wisconsin | 20 Acres City WI REFUGE TRAILS  Big Swamp Tamarack Fen State Upper Mississippi National Wildlife BUENA VISTA TRAIL & Fish Refuge Alma, Wisconsin | 3 Miles Natural Area | Mondovi WI EAGLE VALLEY TRAILS  Lower Chippewa River State Nat- Trempealeau National Wildlife Fountain City, Wisconsin ural Area Refuge FOELSCH RIVERSIDE PARK  Trempealeau River Meadow State Hiking & walking trails in Buffalo Buffalo City, Wisconsin | 10 Acres Natural Area County offer a variety of challengJOSEPH PETERSON ARBORE Whitman Bottoms Floodplain es, from the flat surfaces of the Forest State Natural Area | Buffalo State Trails and the Dike Road to a TUM vigorous climb up one of the Local Mondovi, Wisconsin | 10 Acres City WI Trails. MOSSY HOLLOW RAILS  Tiffany State Natural Area | NelAlma, Wisconsin | 102 Acres bird watching, magnificent son WI GREAT RIVER STATE TRAIL MERRICK STATE PARK Whether you bike a of theGreat top bicycling State Trail, a State Park or take to the back roads, you’ll enjoy biking in Buffalo County. Great views, agricultural and natural environments. The League of American Bicyclists ranks Wisconsin as one

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Hiking & walking trails in Buffalo County offer a variety of challenges, from the flat surfaces of the State Trails and the Dike Road to a vigorous climb up one of the Local Trails. Great bird watching, magnificent views from breathtaking bluff tops and peaceful prairies. Experience the Refuges and the Mississippi River. Take your camera!

destinations in the nation.

BUFFALO RIVER STATE TRAIL Mondovi to Fairchild Length: 36.4 Miles Trail Surface: Crushed Stone Trail Category: Rail-Trail Fee: Wisconsin Trail Pass

STATE WILDLIFE AREAS: STATE TRAILS Buffalo River State Trail Mondovi Great River State Trail Bluff Siding Merrick State Park Fountain City Big Swamp Tamarack Fen State Natural Area Mondovi Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area Trempealeau River Meadow State Natural Area

Marshland to La Crosse Length: 24 Miles Trail Surface: Crushed Stone Trail Category: Rail-Trail Fee: Wisconsin Trail Pass MISSISSIPPI RIVER TRAIL Wisconsin Great River Road Surface: Asphalt Trail Category: On Road Wisconsin State Highway 35

Whitman Bottoms Floodplain Forest State Natural Area Buffalo City Tiffany State Natural Area Nelson Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State Natural Area Nelson Whitman Dam Wildlife Area Buffalo City Trempealeau Meadow State Natural Area Bluff Siding

REFUGE TRAILS Upper Mississippi National Wildlife & Fish Refuge Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

Length: 2 Miles Surface: Asphalt Trail Category: Park

ROADS: STATE, COUNTY & FEDERAL Length: 470 Miles Surface: Asphalt Trail Category: On Road

LOCAL TRAILS ANGEL BLUFF, MVC TRAIL Nelson, 20 Acres BUENA VISTA TRAIL Alma, 3 Miles EAGLE VALLEY TRAILS Fountain City FOELSCH RIVERSIDE PARK Buffalo City, 10 Acres JOSEPH PETERSON ARBORETUM Mondovi, 10 Acres MOSSY HOLLOW RAILS Alma, 102 Acres THRIVE! PARK Nelson, 25 Acres WHITMAN DAM DIKE ROAD Buffalo City , 3 Miles


Fountain City and Alma were the centers of settlement. Roads were difficult to build with the prevalence of marsh lands and streams causing the trails to hug the sides of bluffs and follow the ridges. Common practice was to avoid crossing streams & rivers, so the trails traveled along steep grades and traversed through ravines & along ridges. To get from the Mississippi River to the top of the bluffs, early settlers built roads called “dug ways”; trails that were literally dug out of the bluff side. There are still several dug ways today in Buffalo County. Roadways have changed over the last 160 years but following the general direction of these original trails you can explore the history of the county as you travel through the beauty of the Driftless Region in Buffalo County. Combined with the broad rural landscape, preserved barns and Century Farms that have been in families for generations you’ll appreciate the beauty that is Buffalo County.

COUNTY ROADS (JUST A FEW FAVORITE DRIVES!)

County Road D — From WI State Hwy 35/25 north of Nelson, pass historic Lyster Church & Church Valley, Urne is to your left on County Road F, or continue on County Road D to Modena ending up on WI State Hwy 37. County Road E — From WI State Hwy 35 in Alma, travel up the bluff and connect with WI State Hwy 88 at Cream, jog to the right on WI State Highway 88 and turn left on the continuation of County Road E to County Road U to Waumandee and historic St Boniface Catholic Church. Turn right and head to WI State Hwy 95 or continue north on County Road U to Montana and the historic Montana United Methodist Church. County Road G — East of Fountain City on WI State Hwy 95, turn left and travel through Eagle Valley, along part of Eagle Creek, pass

historic Eagle Valley Church, connect back to WI State Hwy 95. County Road H — Between Gilmanton & Lookout on WI State Hwy 121 turn left on County Road H heading north toward Mondovi along Armour Creek. County Road N — From WI State Hwy 35 north of Cochrane, travel on County Road N to State Highway 37 and the Buffalo River Valley, turn left to head down toward Alma or right to head toward Mondovi. County Road O — From WI State Hwy 35 at Cochrane, travel to State Hwy 88 and the Waumandee Valley. County Road P — Start at Marshland from WI State Hwy 35 travel through the Trempealeau River Valley ending at WI State Hwy 95 east of Fountain City. County Road BB — At Lookout on WI State Hwy 121, head north on County Road BB toward US Hwy 10 then left to Mondovi.

County Road OO — From WI State Hwy 35 north of Cochrane, turn on County Road OO and travels along the Mississippi River; this road becomes River Road in Buffalo City.

FEDERAL HIGHWAYS US Highway 10 — Travels from Michigan to North Dakota. It passes through the northern border of Buffalo County and the City of Mondovi.

STATE HIGHWAYS Wisconsin State Highway 35 — From Marshland to Nelson along the Mississippi River and below the bluffs passing through Bluff Siding, Fountain City, Cochrane & Alma. See Wisconsin Great River Road information at the bottom of this page. Wisconsin State Highway 95 — Fountain City up the dug way to the top of the bluff and continue on to Arcadia or connect with County Road E and head to Waumandee.

BUFFALO COUNTY

In the 19th Century, Buffalo County’s roads that took the traveler into the interior of the county were little more than dirt trails obstructed with boulders, rough & uneven. Today our county roads are paved and well maintained … just waiting for the backroad traveler to explore. There is little traffic except for an occasional piece of farm equipment and the County’s only stop light at the turnoff to the Winona Bridge crossing over the Mississippi River!

E X P L O R E

Wisconsin State Highway 88 — North of Fountain City travel through the Waumandee Valley to Cream, Praag (and the Praag Dug Way) & Gilmanton. Or turn right on County Road E to travel to Waumandee or turn left on County Road E at Cream to travel to Alma. Wisconsin State Highway 121 — Starts in Gilmanton and heads toward Lookout, historic Lookout Church & Independence. Wisconsin State Highway 37 — North of Alma travel through the Buffalo River Valley to Tell, the historic Tell Church, Modena, Gilmanton & Mondovi, crossing over the Buffalo River several times. Wisconsin State Highway 25 — From the Minnesota Border, travel through Nelson, then turn right and travel along the Chippewa River Valley to Misha Mokwa, Modena & Durand.

Buffalo County lies at the heart of the Wisconsin Great River Road (WI State Hwy 35), the state’s first Scenic Byway and Wisconsin’s only designated National Scenic Byway. If you’re traveling Wisconsin’s Great River Road make sure to stop and enjoy all that Buffalo County has to offer from lodging and restaurants to wineries, bluff top views and beautiful natural surroundings. Buffalo County | 2017

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C O U N T Y R E S O U R C E S

RIVERS

TROUT STREAMS (Class II)

• Mississippi River

• Armour Creek

NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES

• Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area

• Chippewa River

• Center Creek

• Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge

• Nelson-Trevino Bottoms State Natural Area

• Buffalo River

• Eagle Creek

• Trempealeau River

• Elk Creek

• Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

• Tiffany Bottoms State Natural Area

MISSISSIPPI RIVER BRIDGES

• Little Bear Creek

WISCONSIN STATE PARKS

• Tiffany Wildlife Area

• Nelson to Wabasha, MN

• Little Waumandee Creek

• South of Fountain City to Winona, MN

• Newton Valley Creek

• Merrick State Park (north of Fountain City)

• Trempealeau River Meadow State Natural Area

• North Branch Little Bear Creek

WISCONSIN STATE TRAILS

MISSISSIPPI RIVER LOCKS & DAMS

• Rossman Creek

• Great River State Trail (Marshland)

• Whitman Bottoms Floodplain Forest State Natural Area

• Lock & Dam #4 (Alma WI to Kellogg MN)

• Spring Creek • Swinn’s Valley Creek • Tamarind Creek • Traverse Valley Creek

WISCONSIN STATE NATURAL AREAS

• Lock & Dam #5a (Fountain City WI to Minnesota City MN)

• Trout Creek

• Big Swamp Wildlife Area

• Waumandee Creek

• Big Swamp Tamarack Fen State Natural Area

• Alma Marina (Alma)

• Weisenbeck Valley Creek

ON THE MAP

• Great River Harbor (south of Alma)

BOAT LANDINGS For exact location of boat landings search “Wisconsin Boat Landings Google” and zoom into Buffalo County’s boat landings.

• Mississippi River Access (Dike Road, Nelson to Wabasha MN) • Pontoon Slough Landing (Dike Road, Nelson to Wabasha MN)

Alma

COMMUNITY PARKS & VISTAS

• Alma Marina • Buffalo River (Brekow’s) Landing • City of Alma Dock • Dairyland Power Landing • Great River Harbor Landing • Tank Pond Landing

Buffalo City • 10th Street Landing • Belvidere Slough Landing • Spring Lake Landing • Whitman Dam Wildlife Area Landing

Alma • Alma Beach & Recreational Area • Buena Vista Overlook • Buena Vista Park • Rieck’s Lake Park

Buffalo City • Buffalo City Park • Foelsch Riverside Park • Merrick State Park • Park, Town of Buffalo

Fountain City

Cochrane

• Liberty Street Landing

• Goose Lake Memorial Park

• Merrick Park North Landing

• Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden

• Merrick Park South Landing

Fountain City

• Mertes’ Slough Landing • Mill Street Landing

• Angel Bluff, Mississippi Valley Conservancy

Mondovi

• Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum

• Mirror Lake Landing

• Fountain City Community Park

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• Beef Slough Landing (Dike Road, Nelson to Wabasha MN)

• Gilmanton Park

• Chippewa River Landing

• Joseph Peterson Arboretum

• Indian Slough Landing (Dike Road, Nelson to Wabasha MN)

• Buffalo River Trail Prairies State Natural Area

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GOLF COURSES

• Castleberg Park • Nature Conservancy, Addition to the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area • Thrive! Park

• Mirror Lake Park • Mondovi Tourist Park

• The Valley Golf Course (Mondovi) • Walnut Grove Golf Course (Cochrane)

MUSEUMS

NATIONAL TRAILS • Alma to Finger Lakes National Recreational Trail (Canoe) • Nelson-Trevino Bottoms National Recreational Trail (Canoe)

WINERIES • Danzinger Vineyards (Alma) • Seven Hawks Vineyards (Fountain City)

Alma • Alma Area Museum • Castlerock Museum

Cochrane • Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden & Museum

Fountain City • Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum • Fountain City Area Historical Society Museum

Mondovi FISHING FLOAT • The Great Alma Fishing Float (Alma)

RACE TRACK • Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City)

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• Buffalo River State Trail (Mondovi toward Osseo)

• Lock & Dam #5 (Winona County MN to Buffalo City WI)

MARINAS

• Whitman Dam Wildlife Area

THEATER • Big River Theatre (Alma)

• Rural Life & County Schoolhouse Museum

VISITOR CENTERS • Wings Over Alma Visitor Center (Alma)


O N T H E AN AGRICULTURAL “WAY OF LIFE” Drive into the valleys of Buffalo County and you’ll find Century Farms owned by families for many generations. Agriculture is a way of life with dairy, crop & mixed livestock operations. There are over 1200 farms in the county, the average farm is 250 acres. A drive along any of the county roads will bring you to farms growing crops, managing dairies, tending orchards and producing organic food. You’ll love our old barns!

Each of these venues sponsor a weekly “Night” or more on the Farm starting in May & continuing through September. Facilities for weddings or events are also available. BARN AGAIN LODGE, Mondovi Pizza Night, Wednesday FARM TO FORK DANCING YARROW RETREAT, Mondovi Pizza Night, Fri-Sat, Organic Gardening, Lodging & Paddling on Buffalo River SUNCREST GARDENS FARM, Waumandee Garden Café, 2nd Saturday, Pizza Night, Fri (May & Sept), Fri-Sat (June-Aug), Live Music & Fire Pit, Organic Fruit & Vegetable Farming, THE STONE BARN, Nelson Pizza Night On The Farm, Wedding Barn TOGETHER FARMS, Mondovi Burger Night On The Farm (Limited Weekends In 2017), Raising Grass-fed Beef & Lamb, Woodland Pork & Pastured Poultry

FARM STAYS Have you ever wanted to bottle feed a calf or watch a cow being milked? Then vacation on Room to Roam’s four-generation Century Dairy Farm milking registered

IN THE COUNTY

ON FARM DINING

F A R M

Holsteins. Great family vacation experience! ROOM TO ROAM FARM GUESTHOUSE On-Farm Bed & Breakfast Wisconsin Farm On The Mississippi River W656 Veraguth Drive, Fountain City WI Reservations: 608-687-8565 The farm is 400 feet above the Mississippi River with gorgeous views. Fountain City is the nearest town and the Wisconsin Great River Road is just minutes away. Open year round. Close to hiking, biking, golfing, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Guests stay in a 3-bedroom secluded farmstead with a complete kitchen, several comfortable livings spaces and even a playroom. Guest house comes fully equipped and kitchen is stocked with coffee, spices & cookbooks just waiting for your creativity. Enjoy a hayride along the Mississippi River bluffs, walk the farm, sit on the front porch in the swing ... most importantly take a deep breath of fresh air and relax! RESERVATIONS: Call 608-6858565. The farm does not have an email address or website. No smoking or pets. Please arrive by 4pm, before evening milking time. Buffalo County | 2017

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ON THE PRAIRIE

C O C H R A N E COCHRANE is located at the base of high bluffs

Folk Art Site in Buffalo County is Prairie Moon

on the sand prairie, a quiet community that sprung up as the railroad came through Buffalo County in the 1880s and included a train station in Cochrane. Goose Lake Memorial Park has a community swimming pool and is a popular summer spot. The Flag Memorial, located on Buffalo County Road OO as you leave Cochrane, honors Wisconsin’s Fallen Heroes. Flags fly on National Holidays, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day.

Sculpture Garden. In 1959, Herman Rusch, a self-taught artist, built his first concrete and stone planter at the age of 74. He created over 40 concrete, stone & rock sculptures. A colorful folk art tour d’force, the gardens are a preservation project of the Kohler Foundation featuring works of Herman Rusch and others.

Golf at Walnut Grove Golf Course is affordable and tee times are not an issue. Designed to utilize the natural terrain and maintain the surrounding areas in their native state. This 18hole course has a par 70 layout measuring over 6100 yards.

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Touring By Bike, Motorcycle or Car will take you to the Mississippi River in Buffalo City or you may want to follow County Road O over the Belvidere Bluff to State Highway 88 where you’ll find the Waumandee Valley (a favorite trek on weekend evenings for stone-fired pizza at Suncrest Gardens Farm, one of four “pizza farms” in the County.)

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

• Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden & Museum

• Goose Lake Memorial Park

• January Winter Fest Ice Fishing Contest

• Scenic Valley Swimming Pool

• Suncrest Gardens Farm (Pizza Farm)

• July Parade & Fireworks, 4th of July

• Hidden Valley Golf Course

• Flag Memorial


Cochrane, WI One of Alma’s Oldest 19th Century Buildings Spend a Night in Living History Located in a National Historic District Beautiful Bluff & Mississippi River Views Walk to Fishing Float Dock Choice of 4 Suites or an Apartment Great for Groups & Families Free Continental Breakfast 331 S Main Street, Alma, WI Free WiFi Services WEB: bluedoorinnalma.com 20% Mid-Week Discount RESERVATIONS: 608-685-4067 Located on Wisconsin’s Great River Road

An 18-hole public golf course nestled in the bluffs offering challenges to beginners and advanced players alike! Weekdays: 9 Holes $13.50 18 Holes $21.50 Weekends & Holidays: 9 Holes $16 / 18 Holes $24

Walnut Grove Golf Course

211 Walnut Drive • Cochrane, WI 608-248-2800 • walnutgrovegolf.com VALLEY GOLF COURSE

WALNUT GROVE GOLF COURSE

S80 Golf Road, Mondovi WI Located Off Wisconsin State Hwy 37

211 Walnut Drive, Cochrane WI Located Off Wisconsin State Hwy 35

18 Hole Course, Par 72, 6469 Yards

18 Hole Course, Par 70, 6100 Yards

Green Fees: $18 | Cart $10 Phone: 715.926.4913 Web: www.thevalleygc.com

Green Fees: $21.50-$24 | Cart $12.50 Phone:608.248.2800 Toll Free: 888-243-9455

Take a Break & GO FISHING!!!

Web: www.walnutgrovegolf.com

Float Hours: 6am-6pm — Every Day

THE GREATFor ALMA FISHING FLOAT reservations and info:

Enjoy golf in the natural beauty of Buffalo County at two courses. Experience the hills and farmland of rural Wisconsin, the Driftless Region. Low green fees & easy tee times … something not often found in the city. VALLEY GOLF COURSE Nestled in the rolling hills of Buffalo County on the northern edge of Mondovi, the Valley Golf Course is a rising star in the golfing universe of Northwest Wisconsin. Just 30 minutes from Interstate 94 and Eau Claire WI.

WALNUT GROVE GOLF COURSE The design of the course utilizes the natural resources of the terrain and every effort was made to leave the surrounding areas in their native state. Nestled in the hills of Cochrane WI, just of the Wisconsin Great River Road. Just 20 minutes from Winona MN. Course designed by Dr. Gordon Emerson, Spring Valley WI.

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ON THE RIVER

B U F F A L O C I T Y

BUFFALO CITY is located on a slough of the

Touring By Bike, Motorcycle or Car you’ll

Mississippi River with beautiful views across the river, Spring Lake and Whitman Bottoms. Back in the day Buffalo City was situated with more direct access to the main channel of the Mississippi but with the changing river bed is today situated on Pomme de Terre Slough, Belvidere Slough and Spring Lake, part of the Mississippi. Great for fishing, boating, kayaking and birding. Check out the local convenience store for “Kringle” from Racine!

find a favorite sunset spot along River Road (Buffalo County Road OO) and the Mississippi River shoreline. A birding hot spot in Buffalo County, look for Bald Eagles and many more water birds. In the 1860’s the Colonization Society took on a huge project and built a road from Buffalo City across the Belvidere Bluff to the Waumandee Valley, today that road is Buffalo County Road O and a beautiful drive to Wisconsin State Highway 88.

History Chartered in 1859, Buffalo City is the

Fishing is easily accessible by boat with 3

oldest incorporated city in Buffalo County and was founded by the General Colonization Society of Cincinnati, Ohio. Buffalo County’s first jail was built in 1862, this historic building is located in Buffalo City Park.

landings: Spring Lake Landing, Buffalo City Boat Landing & Belvidere Slough Landing. In the winter Buffalo City is a favorite for ice fishing.

POINTS OF INTEREST • Buffalo City Park • Foelsch Riverside Park • Historic Buffalo County Jail (1862) • Whitman Dam Dike Road, Spring Lake 22

FESTIVALS & EVENTS • Whitman Bottoms Floodplain Forest State Natural Area • Historic Dr Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church

• January Winter Fest Ice Fishing Contest • July Parade & Fireworks, 4th of July


Buffalo City, WI

126 S. Belvidere St. Buffalo City WI Open 7 days a week, 6am - 10pm • On the snowmobile trail Gas (non ethanol 91) Diesel

LP (fill or exchange) Bait (worms/minnows)

Groceries Snacks Ice Cream (soft serve)

Movies Beer Liquor Wine

Paddle sports in Buffalo County appeal to folks of every age and every skill level. Most of Buffalo County’s paddling trails are part of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. ALMA TO FINGER LAKES CANOE TRAIL Designated A National Trail | USFWS Trail MISSISSIPPI RIVER Alma BUFFALO RIVER RIECK’S LAKE TRAIL Alma

MISSISSIPPI BACKWATERS TRAIL Alma POMME-DE-TERE SOUGH, BELVIDERE SLOUGH TRAIL Buffalo City MISSISSIPPI BACKWATERS TRAIL Buffalo City MERRICK STATE PARK TRAILS

MISSISSIPPI BACKWATERS TRAIL Fountain City NELSON-TREVINO BOTTOMS CANOE TRAIL TO MISSISSIPPI Designated A National Trail | USFWS Trail NELSON-TREVINO BOTTOMS CANOE TRAIL TO BIG LAKE Designated A National Trail | USFWS Trail

IN THE COUNTY

BEEF SLOUGH TRAIL Alma

P A D D L I N G

SPRING LAKE TRAIL Buffalo City SPRING LAKE Buffalo City TIFFANY BOTTOMS TRAIL Nelson CHIPPEWA RIVER BACKWATERS Nelson

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ON THE PRAIRIE

M O N D O V I MONDOVI was laid out as a village in 1855, is located on the Buffalo River and hosts the Buffalo County Fair. Mondovi is the eastern gateway to Buffalo County with access from Interstate 94. Exit State Highway 37 at Eau Claire, Wisconsin and head to Mondovi.

Hiking, Biking & More on an old railroad bed, the Buffalo River State Trail passes through Mondovi. This 36.4 mile multi-use trail offers a safe & scenic place for snowmobiling, horseback riding, ATV riding, hiking & biking. The trail runs from Mondovi to Fairchild, Wisconsin.

Recreational Parks are numerous in

of the lake, playground equipment, picnic areas & shelters. A public boat landing is located at the park and an accessible fishing pier accommodates anglers & sightseers of all abilities. Sharps Point Park is the site of the Mondovi Veteran’s Memorial and is located along the banks of Mirror Lake. Mondovi’s Tourist Park offers amenities and attractions for all ages with camping and a history museum.

Golf at the Valley Golf Course and you’ll enjoy the rolling hills of Buffalo County. This 18-hole course has a par 70 layout measuring over 6500 yards.

Mondovi. Mirror Lake Park has a scenic view POINTS OF INTEREST • Buffalo County Fair (August) • Valley Golf Course • Buffalo River State Trail • Mirror Lake Park • Joseph Peterson Arboretum

FESTIVALS & EVENTS • Sharps Point Park • Mondovi Tourist Park (camping) • Mondovi Rural Life & County Schoolhouse Museum

• Farm to Fork Retreat (Pizza Farm)

• February Mirror Lake Ice Fishing Contest

• Barn Again Lodge & Pizza (Pizza Farm)

• March Shamrock Shuffle

• Together Farms (Burger Night On The Farm)

• June/July Friendship Days

• June The Past In The Park • August Buffalo County Agricultural Fair • December Santa Saturday

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H U N T I N G IN THE COUNTY

“Promised Land: Buffalo County, Wisconsin. In the last decade this hunk of deer heaven led the nation with 309 recordbook deer, almost twice as many as its nearest competitor.” - Field & Stream Magazine

breathtaking sunrises; this is your chance to watch nature come alive! Towering bluffs overlook miles of peaceful Wisconsin woods. Most importantly, nestled along the fertile Mississippi River Valley, Buffalo County is home to an incredible population of trophy bucks.

Wisconsin’s diverse terrain is particularly suited for hunting. The mix of forest, grassland, prairie, wetland, lake, & farmland provides varied habitat for wildlife. There are few places that rival the serenity of Buffalo County, in Western Wisconsin. Notorious early morning hunts give way to

PUBLIC LANDS FOR HUNTING • Big Swamp Tamarack Fen • Lower Chippewa River • Nelson-Trevino Bottoms • Tiffany Bottoms • Trempealeau River Meadow • Whitman Bottoms Floodplain Forest

OUTFITTERS • Bluff Bucks Outfitters • Bluff Country Outfitters • Bremer Creek Outfitters • Buffalo County Buck Connection • Buffalo County Outfitters • Cross Ridge Retreat Outfitters • Dave Frederickson Outfitters • High Tines Outfitters • Rutting Ridge Outfitters MEAT PROCESSING • Eagle’s Peak Processing • Gunderson Food Service TAXIDERMY • Buck’s Taxidermy • Ridgetop Taxidermy • Wildlife Taxidermy, Warren Rivette

WISCONSIN HUNTING SEASONS & LICENSE INFO For a list of all seasons visit www.dnr.wi.gov. Wisconsin offers hunting for wild turkey, game birds and of course, deer. Buffalo County is known as the “White Tail Deer Capital Of America”. DEER HUNTING SEASONS Bow Season, Sept. 16-Jan. 8 Youth Hunt, Oct. 7-8 Gun Season, Nov. 18-26 Antlerless Season, Dec. 4-7 Purchase your Wisconsin Hunting License at a local KwikTrip convenience store or online at GoWild.wi.gov.

Albino deer are rare but they do show up among Buffalo County’s whitetail deer population. Keep looking and you might find an albino doe like our photographer Shane Indrebo of Bluff Country Outfitters. Photo courtesy of Shane Indrebo Photography.

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ON THE RIVER

F O U N T A I N C I T Y

FOUNTAIN CITY, the oldest settlement in

KINSTONE is unique in all the world. It has

Buffalo County, is home to the US Army Corps of Engineers, offering them the largest natural harbor on the Mississippi River. The town offers pleasant vistas of the Mississippi River from its characteristic terraced gardens. Nearby, 550foot Eagle Bluff is the highest point on the Upper Mississippi. Seven Hawks Vineyard perches on the hillside outside of town while their Tasting Room is nestled in a historic downtown building. Monarch Public House, established 1894 and per the Wisconsin Historical Society, is the oldest continually operating tavern in the state. Merrick State Park is just north of Fountain City. The northern gateway to the Great River State Trail is just south of Fountain City at Marshland.

been said that Kinstone features the largest privately owned stone circle in the world with over a million tons of granite boulders, standing stones and sculptures.

ELMER’S AUTO & TOY MUSEUM where you will see over 100 muscle, antique, classic cars & trucks, 100’s of pedal cars, dolls and 1000’s of antique toys & tools. Collecting over a lifetime, Elmer & Bernadette opened their museum in 1994 and have shared their collections with the public for 24 years. One of the largest museums of its kind in the country, located on Eagle Bluff, the highest point along the Mississippi River. The view of the river valley is worth the price of admission ... one of the best in the area!

POINTS OF INTEREST • Eagle Bluff, Tallest Bluff on the Mississippi

• Historic Eagle Valley Church

• Mississippi Thunder Speedway

• June Rhubarb Festival

• Seven Hawks Vineyards & Tasting Room

• Merrick State Park

• Sleepy Hollow Campground

• September Old Time Farm Fest

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS

• Kinstone Megalithic Garden • Lock & Dam #5A

• Eagle Valley Trails • Red Horse Gallery

• August Fountain City Days

• December Holiday Show & Craft Fair


Fountain City, WI

EXPLORE WISCONSIN’S “Stonehenge”

site See our W, Eebvents for Tours kshops OPEN DAILY! & Wor May thru October — TOURS! May October

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Sundays at 1pm

(608) 687-3332 • Fountain City, WI 54629 • Just Minutes Off the Great River Road

FREE Wine Tasting Every Day

Buy 3, Get 1 FREE on Select Wines

World Class Wines from 100% Locally Grown Grapes Open Seven Days a Week 17 North Street, Fountain City, WI • 608-687-9463 www.sevenhawksvineyards.com

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B E E R T A S T I N G

ORIGINAL BREW Looking for a “local” brew? Check out the “Beer Flight” tasting from Fountain City Brewing Company. Resurrected from 5 pre-prohibition style recipes, currently contract-brewed in Wisconsin. You can only find FCBC beers at The Monarch Public House in historic Fountain City, the oldest operating tavern in the state. They’re working to return brewing to Fountain City in the near future. FCBC BEERS ON DRAFT • John Robert Porter • Harrington’s Irish Red Ale • Prairie Moon Red Lager • Eagle Valley Harvest Gold • Original Recipe Fountain Brew Gold Lager

BEER TASTING

IN THE COUNTY

FOUNTAIN CITY BREWING COMPANY Located in Monarch Public House Fountain City, Wisconsin Fri-Sun, 11am-10pm Monday 5-10pm Tues CLOSED Wed-Thur 5-10pm 19 N Main Street Fountain City 608-687-4231 monarchtavern.com

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ARTIST STUDIOS ALLEY CAT ART GALLERY 608-248-3689 Buffalo City ALMA ART ADVENTURES, DIY ART 715-383-4895 1107 S Main Street, Alma almaartadventures.com LEO R SMITH FOLK ART 507-459-6907 Fountain City LOVAS FAMILY STUDIOS 608-248-2179 Buffalo City RIPPLEY POTTERY 715-495-1053 Waumandee

BANKS ALLIANCE BANK, BLUFF SIDING (ATM) 608-687-8355 W418 Bluff Siding Road, Bluff Siding alliancebank.us ALLIANCE BANK, COCHRANE 608-248-2236 103 S Main Street, Cochrane alliancebank.us ALLIANCE BANK, GILMANTON 715-946-3281 S879 State Road 88, Gilmanton alliancebank.us

BANK OF ALMA, ALMA 608-685-2400 211 S Main Street, Alma bankofalma.net

D & M’S BOATYARD 608-687-1288 10 N Shore Drive, Fountain City DAM SALOON 608-687-8286 W677 State Road 35, Fountain City DAM VIEW BAR 608-685-4551 415 N Main Street, Alma DREGNEY’S DOUBLE D’Z BAR AND RESTAURANT 715-926-3329 130 N Eau Claire Street, Mondovi DRIFT INN 608-687-9581 S2947 Indian Creek Road, Fountain City driftinnic.com GEORGE’S LOUNGE 608-687-6241 W428 Bluff Siding Road, Bluff Siding GIBBONS CLUB MIDWAY 608-687-3483 W626 Midway Road, Fountain City GIN MILL 608-687-4466 W288 Chicken Valley Road Fountain City GOLDEN FROG SALOON (THE) 608-687-3335 112 N Shore Drive, Fountain City thegoldenfrog.com G-STOP (THE) 715-946-3400 S866 State Road 88 S, Gilmanton

BANK OF ALMA, NELSON 715-673-4351 N104 N Main Street, Nelson bankofalma.net

GUMBY’S BAR & GRILL 715-926-4431 102 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi gumbysbar.com

UNITED BANK, MONDOVI (ATM) 715-926-3882 203 E Main Street, Mondovi unitedbankwi.com

HANSEN’S HOLD UP 715-225-5718 S2428 State Road 95,Fountain City hansensholdupgrillandbar.com

WAUMANDEE STATE BANK, FOUNTAIN CITY 608-687-9311 46 South Main Street, Fountain City waumandeebank.com

HENDERSON’S SILVER MOON 608-685-3530 S1582 State Road 35, Alma

WAUMANDEE STATE BANK, MONDOVI (ATM) 715-926-4263 600 E Main Street, Mondovi waumandeebank.com WAUMANDEE STATE BANK , WAUMANDEE (ATM) 608-626-3131 S2021 County Road U, Waumandee waumandeebank.com

BAKERIES BAREFOOT LANDING BREAD, CLASSES ONLY 507-450-8117 120 Jefferson Street, Fountain City barefootlandingbreads.com LOCAL PERK BAKERY 920-559-9161 105 S Main Street, Alma

BARS & GRILLS BAY’S END BAR & GRILL 608-687-8216 S2931 Indian Creek Road, Fountain City BIG BAD WOLF 715-450-3197 146 W Hudson Street, Mondovi BUCKNUCKLES SALOON & GRILL 608-685-4501 S1501 State Road 88, Praag

HILLTOP BAR & BALLROOM 608-687-8739 S335 County Road M, Fountain City ISLAND’S EDGE 715-946-3037 S826 State Road 37, Mondovi LEEBO’S 715-946-3504 S875 State Road 88, Gilmanton LIL’S COCHRANE INN 608-248-2999 111-113 N Main Street, Cochrane MARY MOE’S BAR & GRILL 608-687-8238 W358 Bluff Siding Road Bluff Siding NEIGHBORS BAR & LANES 608-248-3030 100 N Main Street, Cochrane PONDEROSA BAR 608-685-4446 S1926 State Road 88, Cream PORKY’S PUB 715-926-6350 201 S Eau Clair Street, Mondovi RED RAM SALOON 608-685-4144 207 N Main Street, Alma SEYMORE’S NORTH SIDE BAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOP 715-926-4711 County Road H, Mondovi, Pepin Co

T & D’S 5TH AVENUE 608-248-2424 101 E 5th Street, Cochrane TALK OF THE TOWN 608-685-3535 107 N Main Street, Alma TELL BAR & GRILL 608-685-3202 S1480 County Road II, Alma TWIN BLUFFS BAR 715-673-4700 S274 State Road 35 S, Nelson WERNER’S TOP HAT BAR 715-673-4782 N204 N Main Street, Nelson WHITE PIG TAVERN 715-926-4766 134 W Main Street, Mondovi WHITETAIL BAR & GRILL 715-673-4411 W1805 County Road K, Urne WINGDAM SALOON & GRILL 608-687-4144 1 N Shore Drive, Fountain City wingdamsaloon.com

BARBER SHOPS & BEAUTY SALONS

GREAT RIVER HOUSEBOATS 608-685-3333 125 Beach Harbor Road, Alma greatriverhouseboats.com MERRICK STATE PARK, CANOES 608-687-4936 S2965 State Road 35, Fountain City dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/merrick SAFEHOUSE RIVER RATS OUTFITTERS 608-539-2882 County Road J, Dodge, Trempealeau Co FARM TO FORK RETREAT, CANOES 715-833-9975 S193 County Road BB, Mondovi farmtoforkretreat.com

BOWLING NEIGHBORS BAR & LANES 608-248-3030 100 N Main Street, Cochrane

CAMPGROUNDS BUFFALO COUNTY RESORT 608-626-2371 County Road U, Waumandee buffalocountyresort.com

RICH’S BARBER SHOP 608-248-2210 201 N Main Street, Cochrane

DRIFT INN 608-687-9581 S2947 Indian Creek Road, Fountain City driftinnic.com

ALL ABOUT YOU SALON 608-626-2626 5007 County Road U, Waumandee

HENDERSON’S SILVER MOON 608-685-3530 S1582 State Road 35, Alma

BEAUTY NOOK 715-926-4499 111 W Main Street, Mondovi

NELSON’S LANDING RV PARK 507-951-2842 E203 Cleveland Street, Nelson nelsonslandingrvpark.com

DOTTIE’S HAIR DESIGN 608-687-8337 103 N Main Street, Fountain City HAIR IT IZ LLC 715-926-3181 109 N Eau Claire Street, Mondovi JODY’S CLIP JOYNT 715-926-5080 250 N Washington Street, Mondovi KATHY’S KUT & KURL 608-685-4812 210 N Main Street, Alma NEW YOU 715-926-5922 136 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi SCARLET O’HAIR DESIGN 608-687-6935 12 S Main Street, Fountain City SHEAR TRENDS LLC 715-926-4222 133 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi

SLEEPY HOLLOW CAMPGROUND 608-687-8351 W922 Lower Eagle Valley Rd, Fountain City campsleepy.com GREAT RIVER HARBOR MARINA & CAMPGROUNDS 608-248-2454 S2221 State Road 35, Alma greatriverharbor.com ALMA CAR WASH 608-685-4135 200 N State Road 35, Alma BLUFF CITY CAR WASH 813 S Main Street, Fountain City MONDOVI CAR WASH 711 E Main Street, Mondovi

COFFEE SHOPS COFFEE WENCH 507-459-9361 323 S Main Street, Alma

STACY LYNN’S SALON “DE JA VU” 608-685-6400 115 S Main Street, Alma

FIRE & ICE 612-423-3653 305 N Main Street, Alma

STUDIO 35 715-673-4205 S287 State Road 35 S, Nelson

WORLD CUP COFFEE 507-458-1906 615 S Main Street, Fountain City worldcupcoffee.ne

ZALON BEAUTY SHOP 608-248-2330 205 S Main Street, Cochrane

BIKE SHOP BRONE’S BIKE SHOP 608-687-8601 615 S Main Street, Fountain City bronesbikeshop.com

BOAT RENTALS FUN ‘ N THE SUN HOUSEBOATS 888-343-5670, funsun.com S2221 State Road 35, Alma

D I R E C T O R Y

CAR WASHES

SPASHA 608-685-3525 200 S Main Street, Alma

STYLIN’ ON THE RIVER 608-685-4812 210 N Main Street, Alma

B U S I N E S S

BUFFALO COUNTY

ALLIANCE BANK, MONDOVI 715-926-4234 245 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi alliancebank.us

BUZZ’S BAR & GRILL 715-926-4253 152 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi buzzsbarandgrill.com

CONVENIENCE STORES & GAS STATIONS B & S EXPRESS (ATM) 608-248-2575 126 S Belvidere Street, Buffalo City COUNTRYSIDE COOPERATIVE (ATM) 715-926-6065 735 E Main Street, Mondovi countrysidecoop.com ELMER’S SALES & SERVICE/CONOCO 608-687-3631 720 S Main Street, Fountain City elmersautos.com

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CONVENIENCE STORES & GAS STATIONS (cont.) GILMANTON 24-HOUR PUMP W737 State Road 88, Gilmanton G-MART 715-946-3122 S877 State Rod 88, Gilmanton HANDI MART (ATM) 715-673-4344 110 State Road 25 S, Nelson JOE’S SHOP KWIK 715-926-4980 113 N Franklin Street, Mondovi KWIK TRIP #802 (ATM) 608-685-3879 603 N Main Street, Alma KWIK TRIP #835 (ATM) 608-687-8591 41 S Shore Drive, Fountain City SUPERAMERICA (ATM) 715-926-4989 754 E Main Street, Mondovi superamerica.com/StoreHome/4242

DRUG STORE MONDOVI HEALTHMART PHARMACY 715-926-4938 122 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi stores.healthmart.com/ mahlumspharmacy/stores.aspx

FISHING

BUFFALO COUNTY

BITE ME BAIT & SPORT SHOP 715-926-2248 405 S State Street, Mondovi B & S EXPRESS, BAIT 608-248-2575 126 S Belvidere Street, Buffalo City GREAT ALMA FISHING FLOAT 651-380-7296 State Road 35, Alma almafishingfloat.com KWIK TRIP #802, BAIT 608-685-3879 603 N Main Street, Alma KWIK TRIP #835, BAIT 608-687-8591 41 S Shore Drive, Fountain City RUTTING RIDGE OUTFITTERS 715-495-0534 1246 Riverview Drive, Alma ruttingridgeoutfitters.com

FLORISTS ALMA BLOOMS 608-685-4701 105 N Main Street, Alma almablooms.com GEHRKE’S FLORAL & GREENHOUSE 715-926-4931 515 E Main Street, Mondovi gehrkefloral.com

GOLF COURSES VALLEY GOLF COURSE & SUPPER CLUB 715-926-4913 S80 Golf Road, Mondovi thevalleygc.com WALNUT GROVE GOLF COURSE 608-248-2800 211 Walnut Drive, Cochrane walnutgrovegolf.com

GROCERY STORES ALMA GENERAL STORE 608-685-2652 100 N Main Street, Alma almageneralstore.net HANSEN’S IGA 715-926-3342 142 E Hudson Street, Mondovi mondovi.hansensiga.com

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MODENA STORE, ICE CREAM & FUDGE 715-946-3309 S905 County Road J, Modena WAUMANDEE COUNTRY STORE LLC 608-626-3431 S2017 County Road U, Waumandee

HUNTING ROD’S BACK 40 ARCHERY 715-495-7588 W1777 Shop Rd, Nelson rodsback40archery.com BLUFF BUCKS OUTFITTERS 608-685-4736 S1445 State Road 37, Alma bluffbucks.net BLUFF COUNTRY OUTFITTERS 608-685-3755 W1313 Schmidt Road, Alma bluffcountryoutfitters.com BREMER CREEK OUTFITTERS 608-797-7067 S1354 County Road U, Mondovi bremercreek.com BUCK’S TAXIDERMY 608-685-4130 W2209 Markey Bluff Rd, Nelson buckstaxidermyinc.com BUFFALO COUNTY BUCK CONNECTION 715-946-3211 S1226 State Road 88, Mondovi buckconnection.com BUFFALO COUNTY OUTFITTERS 715-491-7162 S395 Sand Road, Mondovi buffalocountyoutfitters.com CROSS RIDGE RETREAT 608-687-3339 W715 Jacob Kiel Road, Fountain City crossridgeretreat.com DAVID FREDERICKSON OUTFITTERS 715-946-3477 1194 South Cooke Valley Road, Lookout davefrederickson.com HIGH TINES OUTFITTERS 608-289-5507, Mondovi hightinesoutfitters.com RIDGE TOP TAXIDERMY 507-450-5789 S3549 County Road M, Fountain City RUTTING RIDGE OUTFITTERS & LODGING 715-495-0534 1246 Riverview Drive, Alma ruttingridgeoutfitters.com SCHUHTER’S OUTPOST 715-456-4270 Chicadee Lane, Alma schuhtersoutpost.com WILDLIFE TAXIDERMY, WARREN RIVETTE 608-248-3220 S2394 County Road OO, Cochrane

LAUNDROMATS ALMA HOME STYLE LAUNDRY 608-685-4557 209 S Main Street, Alma QUICK CLEAN CENTER 715-926-4485 123 E Hudson Street, Mondovi

LIQUOR STORES MAIN STREET LIQUOR STOP INC 715-673-4305 N212 N Main Street, Nelson NELSON DISCOUNT LIQUOR 715-673-4305 N205 N Main Street, Nelson WINE HOUSE 608-687-6223 392 Bluff Siding Road, Bluff Siding

LODGING ALMA HOME STYLE LODGING 608-685-4557 209 S Main Street, Alma almahomestylelodging.com ALMA HOTEL 608-685-3380 201 N Main Street, Alma ALMA TOWNHOUSE 715-926-4782 104 S Main Street, Alma BARN AGAIN LODGE 715-946-3443 S683 Lovely Road, Mondovi barnagainlodge.com BLUE DOOR INN 608-685-9700 331 S Main Street, Alma bluedoorinnalma.com BLUFF COUNTRY OUTFITTERS, HUNTING 608-685-3755 W1313 Schmidt Road, Alma bluffcountryoutfitters.com BREMER CREEK OUTFITTERS, HUNTING 608-797-7067 S1354 County Road U, Mondovi bremercreek.com BUFFALO COUNTY OUTFITTERS, HUNTING 715-491-7162 S395 Sand Road, Mondovi buffalocountyoutfitters.com BUFFALO COUNTY RESORT 608-248-2274 S2020 County Road U, Waumandee buffalocountyresort.com BURLINGTON HOTEL (THE) 608-685-3636 809 N Main Street, Alma theburlingtonhotelandquiltshop.com CEDAR RIDGE RESORT & CABINS 608-685-4998 S1376 State Road 35 S, Nelson cedarridgeresort.com CROSS RIDGE RETREAT 608-687-3339 W715 Jacob Kiel Road, Fountain City crossridgeretreat.com DRIFT INN 608-687-9581 S2947 Indian Creek Road, Fountain City driftinnic.com FARM TO FORK RETREAT 715-833-9975 S193 County Road BB, Mondovi farmtoforkretreat.com FELICE PATRA INN 608-685-4512 609 N Main Street, Alma felicepatra.com FOUNTAIN CITY MOTEL 608-687-3111 810 S Main Street, Fountain City fountaincitymotel.com GREAT ALMA FISHING FLOAT, FISHING 651-380-7296 State Road 35, Alma almafishingfloat.com GREAT RIVER RETREAT & GUEST HOUSE 507-358-3472 S1519 State Road 35, Alma GREAT RIVER ROAD INNS 608-687-0352 340 S Main Street, Fountain City HAWK’S VIEW COTTAGES 608-687-9463 17 North Street, Fountain City hawksview.net HIGH TINES OUTFITTERS, HUNTING 608-289-5507, Mondovi hightinesoutfitters.com

HILLCREST MOTEL 608-685-3511 240 N State Road 35, Alma hillcrestalma.com HNL FARMS 608-206-1856 W508 Ziegler Road, Fountain City LAUE HOUSE INN 608-685-4923 1111 S Main Street, Alma MANOR (THE) 952-221-4847 N Second Street, Alma MISSISSIPPI RIVER RETREAT 507-458-0564 S2320 County Road OO, Buffalo City mississippiriverretreat.com REIDT’S MOTEL & CABINS 608-685-4843 S1638 State Road 35 N, Alma reidtsmotel.com RIVERVIEW INN 715-495-8880 101 Orange Street, Alma ROOM TO ROAM 608-687-8575 W656 Veraguth Drive, Fountain City RUTTING RIDGE OUTFITTERS & LODGING 715-495-0534 1246 Riverview Drive, Alma ruttingridgeoutfitters.com SCHUHTER’S OUTPOST, HUNTING 715-456-4270 Chicadee Lane, Alma schuhtersoutpost.com SUNRISE INN HOTEL 715-926-5926 860 E Main Street, Mondovi sunriseinnmondovi.com TRITSCH HOUSE 507-450-6573 601 South 2nd Street, Alma thetritschhouse.org VIKING MOTEL 608-248-2590 675 N River Road, Buffalo City WARD’S RIVERSIDE CABINS 608-248-3702 920 N Front Street, Buffalo City wardsriversidecabins.com WHITE DEER LODGE 608-323-3927 W679 Hogan Road, Waumandee whitedeerlodge.com

MARINAS ALMA MARINA LLC 608-685-3333 125 Beach Harbor Road, Alma greatriverhouseboats.com GREAT RIVER HARBOR MARINA & CAMPGROUNDS 608-248-2454 S2221 State Road 35, Alma greatriverharbor.com

MASSAGE THERAPISTS ALMA THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE & BODY WORKS 608-418-0756 115 S Main Street, Alma BODY MIND & SOLE MASSAGE RETREAT & BOUTIQUE 715-926-4844 123 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi MAXVILLE MASSAGE CLINIC 715-673-4442 S545 State Road 25, Maxville

MEAT MARKET/PROCESSING EAGLE’S PEAK PROCESSING 715-946-3988 W999 County Road NN, Gilmanton


MEAT MARKET/PROCESSING (cont.)

GUNDERSON FOOD SERVICE 715-926-4903 847 E Main Street, Mondovi

MOTORCYCLE SHOP SEYMORE’S NORTH SIDE BAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOP 715-926-4711 County Road H, Mondovi, Pepin Co

MUSEUMS

RESTAURANTS ALMA HOTEL & UNION HOUSE BAR 608-685-3380 201 N Main Street, Alma BARN AGAIN LODGE 715-926-3443 S3683 Lovely Road, Mondovi barnagainlodge.com BETH’S TWIN BLUFFS CAFE 715-673-4040 S286 State Road 35 S, Nelson bethstwinsbluffcafe.com BOONDOCKS 608-248-3550 101 N Main Street, Cochrane boondocks.com COVE (THE) 608-248-2683 175 S River Road, Buffalo City buffalocitycove.com EMPIRE ROOM (THE) 608-685-9669 215 N Main Street, Alma hoteldevillealma.com/empire-roomrestaurant FARM TO FORK RETREAT 715-833-9975 S193 County Road BB, Mondovi farmtoforkretreat.com FIN & FEATHER PIZZA INN 608-685-3340 211 N Main Street, Alma HILLSIDE FISH HOUSE 608-687-6141 W126 State Road 35, Bluff Siding hillsidefishhouse.com J & J BARBEQUE 715-673-4717 N208 N Main Street, Nelson jandjbbq.com KD’S PANTHER CAFÉ 715-946-3139 S870 State Road 88, Gilmanton KINSTONE KITCHEN/FOOD TRUCK 608-687-3332 S3439 Cole Bluff Lane, Fountain City kinstonecircle.com/food-truck

COMMERCIAL GALLERY 608-418-0144 305 S Main Street, Alma

THREE SISTERS OF ALMA 507-459-9361 401 S Main Street, Alma

MONARCH PUBLIC HOUSE 608-687-4231 19 N Main Street, Fountain City monarchtavern.com

DOLLAR GENERAL 715-926-5216 1010 Countryside Parkway, Mondovi

SWIMMING POOLS

MONDOVI FAMILY RESTAURANT 715-926-5550 699 E Main Street, Mondovi NELSON HOTEL, BAR & GRILL 715-673-4424 S114 N Main Street, Nelson NORTH END PUB AND GRILL (THE) 608-248-3773 214 N Main Street, Cochrane northendpubandgrill.com PIER 4 CAFÉ & SMOKEHOUSE 608-685-4964 600 N Main Street, Alma PORKY’S PUB 715-926-6350 201 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi RIVER RATZ SALOON LLC 608-248-2337 56 W 16th Street, Buffalo City STONE BARN (THE) 715-673-4478 S685 County Road KK, Nelson thenelsonstonebarn.com SUBWAY RESTAURANTS 715-926-3111 108 E Main Street, Mondovi SUNCREST GARDENS FARM 608-626-2122 S2257 Yaeger Dugway, Cochrane suncrestgardensfarm.com TOGETHER FARMS 715-926-5009 W93 Norden Road, Mondovi togetherfarms.com VALLEY GOLF COURSE & SUPPER CLUB 715-926-4913 S80 Golf Road, Mondovi thevalleygc.com WAUMANDEE HOUSE 608-525-2371 S2020 County Road U, Waumandee waumandeehouse.com

RETAIL STORES 3G GALLERY 715-495-8531 100 S Main Street, Alma ALMA GENERAL STORE 608-685-2652 100 N Main Street, Alma almageneralstore.net ALMA LEATHER 608-685-4775 121 N Main Street, Alma ALMA VINTAGE 608-685-4067 312 S Main Street, Alma ART & SOUL GALLERY & GIFT SHOP 715-279-1480 303 N Main Street, Alma art-soul.org BLUEBIRD 715-673-4812 127 N Main Street, Alma BUFFALO FRAMING & ART 715-926-3505 S98 County Road BB, Mondovi BURLINGTON HOTEL & QUILT SHOP (THE) 608-685-3636 809 N Main Street, Alma theburlingtonhotelandquiltshop.com CAT-TAIL (THE) 608-687-8674 32 S Main Street, Fountain City

ENDLESS VINTAGE 608-863-1414 W371 County Road P, Marshland ETTA’S PLACE 608-418-0797 200 S Main Street, Alma FORGET-ME-NOT GIFTS 715-673-4041 S290 State Road 35 S, Nelson GYPSY WAGON CURIOSITY SHOP 612-423-3653 307 N Main Street, Alma JOYCE’S BADLAND WEAVING 608-685-3630 County Road & Badland Road, Alma JUNK MARKET 507-450-4766 325 S Main Street, Alma KG ART STUDIO & GALLERY 608-687-9432 729 N Hill Street, Fountain City KT ANN KREATIONS 608-685-3855 S1480 State Road 88, Praag LOCKER ROOM (THE) 715-563-1431 122 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi LONE PINE ANTIQUES 608-685-4839 S1401 Spring Creek Road, Alma MEL’S CLOTHING 715-926-4999 697 W Main Street, Mondovi MISSISSIPPI RIVER PEARL JEWELRY CO 608-685-4330 125 N Main Street, Alma mspearlco.com MONDOVI ACE HARDWARE 715-926-4212 735 E Main Street, Mondovi MONDOVI HARDWARE 715-926-4289 109 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi NELSON GENERAL STORE 715-673-4717 N208 N Main Street, Nelson RED HORSE GALLERY 507-450-6162 116 S Main Street, Fountain City red-horse-gallery.com SHANTY ON MAIN 612-251-3581 323 S Main Street, Alma STUMP TOWN GALLERY 608-685-3697 109 S Main Street, Alma WATER LILY GIFTS 608-685-4911 111 N Main Street, Alma WEAVING STUDIO 608-685-4151 411 N Main Street, Alma YOUNG IDEAS 715-926-6000 615 Eisenhower Street, Mondovi YOURS & MINE ANTIQUES 715-673-4717 N208 N Main Street, Nelson

SHORT TERM HOUSING RENTAL COTTAGE (THE) 952-221-4847 1001 S 2nd Street, Alma

MONDOVI PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL 715-926-3279 337 N Jackson Street, Mondovi SCENIC VALLEY SWIMMING ASSOCIATION 608-248-2761 Elkamp & Michaels Streets, Cochrane

THEATRE BIG RIVER THEATRE 608-685-4002 121 S Main Street, Alma bigrivertheatre.com

THRIFT STORES HOPE BARGAIN CENTER 715-598-4478 121N Eau Claire Street, Mondovi MONDOVI AREA THRIFT SHOP 715-926-5268 113 E Hudson Street, Mondovi YE OLDE SCHOOL SHOPPE 608-248-2691 8th & Humboldt Street, Buffalo City

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ALMA ART ADVENTURES, DIY ART 715-383-4895 1107 S Main Street, Alma almaartadventures.com EAGLE VALLEY TRAILS 608-687-8351 W922 Lower Eagle Valley Road, Fountain City campsleepy.com GREAT ALMA FISHING FLOAT 608-685-3474 WI State Road 35, Alma almafishingfloat.com KINSTONE MEGALITHIC GARDEN 608-687-3332 S3439 Cole Bluff Lane, Fountain City kinstonecircle.com

B U S I N E S S D I R E C T O R Y BUFFALO COUNTY

ALMA AREA MUSEUM 505 S 2nd Street, Alma almahistory.net CASTLEROCK MUSEUM 608-685-4231 402 S 2nd Street, Alma castlerockmuseum.com ELMERS AUTO & TOY MUSEUM 608-687-8211 903 Elmers Road, Fountain City elmersautoandtoymuseum.com FOUNTAIN CITY AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 7 South Main Street, Fountain City PRAIRIE MOON SCULPTURE GARDEN & MUSEUM 608-687-9874 52727 Prairie Moon Road, Cochrane WINGS OVER ALMA NATURE & ART CENTER 608-685-3303 110 N Main Street, Alma wingsoveralma.org

MCT’S 715-926-4466 747 E Main Street, Mondovi

MERRICK STATE PARK 608-687-4936 S2965 State Road 35, Fountain City dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/merrick/ MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY 608-687-3282 2895 State Road 35, Fountain City mississippithunder.com PRAIRIE MOON SCULPTURE GARDEN & MUSEUM 608-687-9874 52727 Prairie Moon Road, Cochrane ROCK IN THE HOUSE 608-687-6105 440 N Shore Drive, Fountain City

WINERIES & TASTING ROOMS DANZINGER VINEYARDS 608-685-6000 S2015 Grapeview Lane, Alma danzingervineyard.com SEVEN HAWKS VINEYARDS 608-687-9463 17 North Street, Fountain City sevenhawksvineyards.com

VISITOR CENTER WINGS OVER ALMA NATURE & ART CENTER 608-685-3303 110 N Main Street, Alma wingsoveralma.org

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