B U F F A L O COUNTY, WISCONSIN
WWW.BUFFALOCOUNTY.COM Centerfold County Road Map
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 Upper Mississippi River Valley, 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
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Welcome to Buffalo County Events Wisconsin Great River Road Attractions Nelson Driftless Area Alma Art & Artisans Birding Mississippi River Waumandee Ride Mondovi Hiking & Biking Parks & Refuges Travel Map County Resources/Map Legend Explore Buffalo County Camping & Paddling On The Farm Cochrane History Buffalo City Fishing Fountain City Hunting Wine Tasting Business Resources
E V E N T S IN BUFFALO COUNTY Eagles On Ice Birding Event
Winter Fest Ice Fishing Contest
Cochrane & Buffalo City
Mirror Lake Ice Fishing Contest
St Padraig’s Weekend
Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Fair
100 Mile Garage Sale
Fountain City to Nelson
Great River Birding Festival
MILEAGE TO ALMA, WI FROM
Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum
Fountain City (Sat & Sun)
> Eau Claire, WI
Mississippi Thunder Speedway
Fountain City (Friday)
Midnight Riders Gymkhana
> LaCrosse, WI
Loomis Lazy L Fun Horse Show
> Rochester, MN
Memorial Day Main Street Parade
> Twin Cities, MN
> Madison, WI
Fire In The Shire
> Chicago, IL
Hog Roast, Fire Department
> Davenport, IA
The Past In The Park
> Milwaukee, WI
4th of July Celebration
Buffalo City & Cochrane
Biggest Little Fair
Swiss Heritage Days
Little Britches Rodeo
Buffalo County Agricultural Fair
Fountain City Days
Draft Horse Pull
Drive The Great River Road Month
Fountain City to Nelson
Old Time Farm Fest
Alma Music & Art Festival
Draft Horse Pull
Buffalo County Back Roads Tour
Waumandee Hill Climb
Waumandee & Alma
Flyway Film Festival
Christmas In Alma
Christmas House Walk
CFC Annual Holiday Show & Craft Fair
Alma, County Seat
Buffalo County Economic Development Committee Buffalo County Courthouse 407 S 2nd Street, Alma, Wisconsin 54610 Editor: KCG Creative Services Designer: Evans-Stark Design Photography unless otherwise noted: KC Goodman of KCG Creative Printer: La Crosse Graphics To advertise or receive additional Travel Guides email firstname.lastname@example.org. COVER IMAGE — Many thanks to local artist Gail Pommerening for permission to use her popular work “Great Alma Fishing Float”. A self-taught artist, Gail expresses her God-given talent in pastel paintings subtly touched with a feeling of soft romance. Her work is inspired by all things in nature, but she is especially fond of the birds and wildlife that reside in the rolling Wisconsin woodlands surrounding her home. Gail’s subject versatility has led to nationwide and international sales of original art, limited edition prints and numerous commissioned works and we are very honored to have her work grace our cover. Art & Soul Gallery in Alma, Wisconsin is home to many of her works and a dream come true. Established in 2005, this little gallery is housed within the Hotel de Ville and nestled below the bluffs along Highway 35 in historic Alma, WI. Gail’s business partner, Sarah Gailey, has a mission-based import business. Sarah also creates beautiful handcrafted jewelry. Every painting, every notecard, every scarf, every piece of jewelry - everything that Art & Soul sells, has a percentage donated somewhere either locally or internationally. Their Motto: “Every Purchase Impacts A Life”
G R E A T R I V E R R O A D
Buffalo City Cochrane
The Wisconsin Great River Road is Wisconsin’s only designated National Scenic Byway and the best drive in the Midwest.
IN BUFFALO COUNTY
The 250-mile Wisconsin Great River Road is part of the ten-state Great River Road National Scenic Byway, which follows the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles through ten states, from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Established in 1938 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Great River Road is America’s oldest and most distinguished byway. The Buffalo County communities highlighted with a red star are 5 of the 33 historic river towns & villages recognized as Wisconsin Great River Road communities. Views from the Wisconsin portion of this National Scenic Byway are protected and preserved through the work of the Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commission. The Buffalo County Board also created a recreational overlay district to protect the area. Buffalo County is one of 8 western Wisconsin counties bordering the Mississippi River and Wisconsin State Highway 35, also known as the Wisconsin Great River Road.
MORE INFORMATION www.wigrr.com Beef River Bridge In The Early Days
Natural views, river transportation, trains, history, local museums, folk art, toys, oddities and barn quilts make up many of Buffalo County’s attractions. Of course we can’t forget the wineries, cheese factory and local beer tasting!
A T T R A C T I O N S IN THE COUNTY
Photo courtesy of Kristine Beck, Kinstone
LOCAL FAVORITES ALMA NATIONAL HISTORIC DISTRICT Alma, Wisconsin
BARN QUILT TRAIL Throughout Buffalo County
BUENA VISTA OVERLOOK Alma, Wisconsin
BUFFALO COUNTY TEACHERS COLLEGE, ALMA AREA MUSEUM,
DANZINGER VINEYARD Alma, Wisconsin
ELMERS AUTO & TOY MUSEUM Fountain City, Wisconsin
GREAT ALMA FISHING FLOAT Alma, Wisconsin
HARMONIA HALL & PARK Waumandee, Wisconsin
CASTLEROCK ARMS & ARMORY MUSEUM
KINSTONE MEGALITHIC GARDEN
Fountain City, Wisconsin
LOCK & DAM #4 VIEWING PLATFORM
PRAIRIE MOON SCULPTURE GARDEN
MONARCH PUBLIC HOUSE | FOUNTAIN CITY BREWING
RIECK’S LAKE VIEWING PLATFORM
Fountain City, Wisconsin
ROCK IN THE HOUSE
MONDOVI RURAL LIFE & COUNTY SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM Mondovi, Wisconsin
NELSON CHEESE FACTORY Nelson, Wisconsin
Alma, Wisconsin Fountain City, Wisconsin
SEVEN HAWKS VINEYARDS Fountain City, Wisconsin
WINGS OVER ALMA NATURE & ART CENTER Alma, Wisconsin
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 6
• 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
“The majestic bluffs that overlook the river, along through this region, charm one with the grace and variety of their forms, and the soft beauty of their adornment. The steep, verdant slope, whose base is at the water’s edge, is topped by a lofty rampart of broken, turreted rocks which are exquisitely rich and mellow in color -- mainly dark browns and dull greens, but splashed with other tints. And then you have the shining river, winding here and there and yonder, its sweep interrupted at intervals by clusters of wooded islands threaded by silver channels; and you have glimpses of distant villages, asleep upon capes; and of stealthy rafts slipping along in the shade of the forest walls; and of white steamers vanishing around remote points. And it is all as tranquil and reposeful as dreamland, and has nothing this-worldly about it -- nothing to hang a fret or a worry upon. “ Mark Twain (1883)
In this 24,000 square mile region, the land surface avoided glacial advances that crossed North America. For this reason, western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa together are known as the Driftless Area. Drift is a mixture of rocks and gravel, boulders and residue normally left behind by retreating glaciers.
… the paved County Roads are a true treasure and allow you to reach deep into Buffalo County. As rivers and streams approach their confluence with the Mississippi, their canyons grow progressively steeper and deeper. The Mississippi River trench is one of the few places in the Driftless Area where the bedrock is very deep below the surface and often matches the height of the surrounding riverfront bluffs.
A R E A IN BUFFALO COUNTY
THIS IS THE “DRIFTLESS AREA” of Buffalo County and Western Wisconsin!
D R I F T L E S S
Whether you are traveling the back roads of Buffalo County or paddling on the Mississippi River you’re seduced by the natural beauty of the Driftless Area. Enjoy the terrain as it constantly shifts in shape. Look out over the Upper Mississippi River Valley from a bluff top. Travel through farm country and reach a ridge top where you plunge down into a valley and over a cool running trout stream or river
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
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Dale for Mississippi Million
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 where “Bird’s The Word”, 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
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 and Grape Stomp • September Sidewalk Insanity • October Flyway Film Festival • November/December Christmas In Alma
Alma Swiss Heritage Days Last Weekend of July!
Fire Shire IN THE
2nd Saturday of June!
Knightly Procession Medieval Reenactors Sword Demos Arms & Armor Live Music & Shows Search for the Holy Grail Fire Breather & Sword Swallower Belly & Morris Dancers Masquerade Ball Co-Sponsor:
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Local Art Exhibits Gifts & Souvenirs River Viewing
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Authentic arms and armor used by Grecians, Romans, Dark Age Warriors, Vikings, Crusaders and Renaissance “Knights in Shining Armor.” Open Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 4 pm Sundays Memorial Day to Labor Day Group days by appointment www.castlerockmuseum.com 402 South 2nd Street, Alma, WI 54610
Blue Door Inn
In Historic Alma, Wisconsin
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19th Century Photographer, Gerhard Gesell Gerhard Gesell operated a photography studio in Alma, Wisconsin for 30 years from 1875 to 1906. He documented river town life in 19th century Wisconsin along the Mississippi River and Buffalo County. shops offer a collection of local and regional artists’ works, others are operated by the working artists themselves. ART SITES: Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden. This folk art site was created in 1959 by Herman Rush. A colorful folk art tour d’force, the gardens are a preservation project of the Kohler Foundation.
A LEGACY OF ART The beauty of Buffalo County, Wisconsin has attracted artisans since the 19th Century when photographer Gerhard Geselll opened the first “art” store & photo studio in the City of Alma. The many pictures he took of the town, the river and townspeople of Alma are still treasured. In 1974 artist John Runions
relocated his family from Chicago, Illinois to Alma, Wisconsin because Buffalo County’s bluffs “spoke to him” and were integral to his art. An example of his work is the cover of this Visitor Guide. Today Alma, Wisconsin is known as a mecca for artists. You’ll find original paintings, folk art, weaving, pottery, leather, jewelry, photography and wood working. Some
Kinstone is a spectacular megalithic garden and working permaculture site located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in the Driftless Area of Buffalo County. Visit their peaceful earth sanctuary, stone circle, chapel and more. There are over a million tons of granite boulders, standing megalithic rocks and sculptures.
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W-Sat: 10-5pm, seasonally 715.279.1480 • Art-Soul.org
Fine Art & Mission Imports
ART GALLERIES & SHOPS: Alley Cat Art Gallery, Buffalo City Red Horse Gallery, Fountain City Photography by Jake, Mondovi 3G Gallery, Alma Alma General Store, Alma Art & Soul Gallery, Alma Bluebird, Alma Burlington Hotel & Quilt Shop, Alma The Commercial Gallery, Alma Joyce’s Badland Weaving, Alma Stumptown Gallery, Alma Weaving Studio, Alma Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center, Alma DIY ART CLASSES & EVENTS: Alma Art Adventures, Alma Alma Music & Art Festival, Alma Art on Main Street, Alma
B I R D I N G IN THE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY More than 325 species of birds and 40% of the world’s waterfowl make a round trip along the Mississippi River & Mississippi Flyway during spring and fall migration. When birds migrate between nesting and wintering sites, they don’t just stop anywhere; they rely on a handful of resource-rich and strategically located sites. Among these stopovers, Buffalo County is a well known stop along the Mississippi Flyway. Spectacular forests, grasslands and wetlands along this route provide good sources of food & water, with no mountainous areas to navigate.
“BIRD’S THE WORD” In Alma, Wisconsin Plan your travel around Spring Migration Along The Mississippi Flyway and visit Alma, Wisconsin. They celebrate the entire month of May. As a designated Wisconsin Bird City, Alma holds World Migratory Bird Day every May with events, family friendly activities and birding trains into the Tiffany Bottoms.
BIRDING HOT SPOTS RIECK’S LAKE VIEWING PLATFORM Known For Waterfowl & Eagles Alma, Wisconsin MOSSY HOLLOW TRAILS Known For Warblers & Falcons Alma, Wisconsin, 102 Acres MERRICK STATE PARK Known For Backwater Birding Fountain City, Wisconsin TIFFANY BOTTOMS Largest Intact Floodplain Forest In Wisconsin All Species Nelson, Wisconsin LOWER SPRING LAKE VIEWING PLATFORM Viewing Platform & Scope Known For Waterfowl & Eagles Buffalo City, Wisconsin 12
WINGS OVER ALMA NATURE & ART CENTER Known for Bald Eagle Viewing Alma, Wisconsin
REFUGE AREAS Upper Mississippi National Wildlife & Fish Refuge Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
GREAT WISCONSIN BIRDING & NATURE TRAIL This project of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative is coordinated through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Department of Tourism who produces full-color viewing guides for each of
the five birding and nature trail regions. Mapped auto trails reach into every area of the state. The viewing guides with maps and descriptions of every site lead the nature traveler to warblers, shorebirds, eagles, loons, cranes and all manner of mammals found in some of the states premier wildlife venues. Our regional guide, Mississippi-Chippewa Rivers Guide, includes Buffalo County and is available at the Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center in Alma, Wisconsin.
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.
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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 22, 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.
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 ,
through the Waumandee Valley and flow to the Mississippi River. See the Buffalo County Travel Map (pages 20 & 21) for trout stream locations.
• August, Waumandee Waddle • September, Waumandee Hill Climb • October, Waumandee Lions Plow Fest
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RIDING IN BUFFALO COUNTY Road Quality All Buffalo County roads are paved and you’ll appreciate the county-wide Travel Map on pages 20 & 21 of this Guide.
TOP DESTINATION FOR MOTORCYCLISTS With amazing views, diverse countryside and terrain, Buffalo County is a top destination for motorcyclists. Several great travel routes are available for beginners and weekend warriors and challenging routes for the seasoned rider, you’ll enjoy the diversity of the ride and great road conditions.
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Scenery It doesn’t get much better than the scenery of Buffalo County. Bluffs, rivers, deep valleys and hilltops make for a great ride.
Roadside Amenities Whether you start from the Wisconsin Great River Road (Wisconsin State Hwy 35) or Interstate 94, you’ll enjoy the many “favorite” stops along the way. Check out Bucknuckles in Praag, the Ponderosa in Cream, Waumandee House in Waumandee and Larry’s Lookout between Fountain City and Arcadia for a break.
ON THE PRAIRIE
M O N D
Photo courtesy of Photography By Jake
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)
• Mondovi Tourist Park (camping)
• Valley Golf Course
• Mondovi Rural Life & County Schoolhouse Museum
• Buffalo River State Trail • Mirror Lake Park • Joseph Peterson Arboretum • Sharps Point Park
FESTIVALS & EVENTS • Together Farms (Burger Night On The Farm)
• February Mirror Lake Ice Fishing Contest • March Shamrock Shuffle • June The Past In The Park • June/July Friendship Days
• Farm to Fork Retreat (Pizza Farm)
• August Buffalo County Agricultural Fair
• Barn Again Lodge & Pizza (Pizza Farm)
• October Polka Fest • Oktoberfest • December Santa Saturday
You’re Invited to:
BURGER NIGHT! at Together Farms WHAT:
100% grassfed beef burgers, cheese curds, fries, drink & fun on the farm!
Fridays, 4:00PM-9:00PM Saturdays, 11:30PM-10:00PM With Farm Tours at 2:30PM May 3rd - October 5th Also Thursdays from 4:00PM - 9:00PM In June, July and August!
Together Farms, W93 Norden Road, Mondovi, WI
Amazing food, great atmosphere, cute farm animals, and live bands! Plus Gluten Free & Vegetarian Options!
Watch for Wine Night Tickets, Second Wednesday of every month!
TogetherFarms.com/BurgerNight • 715.210.4740 TogetherFarms@gmail.com
860 E.Main St. Mondovi,WI
Serving lunch, dinner and drinks. Groups • Take Out • Catering We are a local, family-owned hotel with 31 guest rooms. We offer a complimentary breakfast daily and free Wi-Fi. Our rooms have queen beds, refrigerators, 32” flat screen TVs with 50+ cable channels. The 36 mile Buffalo River State Trail runs directly across from our hotel in Mondovi for snowmobiling, horseback riding, ATV riding, hiking and biking.
152 S Eau Claire St (79.50 mi) • Mondovi, WI
BUFFALO COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR Held The First Week Of August in Mondovi, WI Since 1872 the Buffalo County Fair has attracted folks from near & far. The first fair was held in Cream, Wisconsin and people traveled by lumber wagons before dawn to be a part of this grand event. Today the Buffalo County Fair is held at the County Fairgrounds in Mondovi, Wisconsin and provides a broad range of entertainment with farm animals, fair exhibits, a carnival, tractor pull, demolition derby, live music and more. For more information go to www.buffalocountyfairwi.com.
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, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 TRAILS Alma, 102 Acres THRIVE! PARK Nelson, 25 Acres WHITMAN DAM DIKE ROAD Buffalo City , 3 Miles
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.
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)
& R E F U G E S 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.
P A R K S
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 22, County Resources for 20 local community parks and vistas. See the Buffalo County Travel Map (pages 20 & 21) for locations. Buffalo County
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• Mississippi River
• Alma Marina (Alma)
• Weisenbeck Valley Creek
• Chippewa River
• Great River Harbor (south of Alma)
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES
• Buffalo River • Trempealeau River
MISSISSIPPI RIVER BRIDGES
TROUT STREAMS (Class II) • Armour Creek
• Nelson to Wabasha, MN
• Center Creek
• South of Fountain City to Winona, MN
• Eagle Creek • Elk Creek
MISSISSIPPI RIVER LOCKS & DAMS
• Little Bear Creek
• Lock & Dam #4 (Alma WI to Kellogg MN)
• Little Waumandee Creek • Newton Valley Creek • North Branch Little Bear Creek
• Lock & Dam #5 (Winona County MN to Buffalo City WI)
• Rossman Creek
• Lock & Dam #5a (Fountain City WI to Minnesota City MN)
• Swinn’s Valley Creek
• Spring Creek • Tamarind Creek
• Waumandee Creek
• Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge • Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge
WISCONSIN STATE PARKS • Merrick State Park (north of Fountain City)
WISCONSIN STATE TRAILS • Great River State Trail (Marshland) • Buffalo River State Trail (Mondovi toward Osseo)
WISCONSIN STATE NATURAL AREAS • Big Swamp Wildlife Area • Big Swamp Tamarack Fen State Natural Area • Buffalo River Trail Prairies 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
• Traverse Valley Creek • Trout Creek
ON THE MAP
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)
COMMUNITY PARKS & VISTAS
Alma • Alma Marina
• Castleberg Park • Nature Conservancy, Addition to the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area • Thrive! Park
• Buffalo River (Brekow’s) Landing
• City of Alma Dock
• Alma Beach & Recreational Area
• Dairyland Power Landing
• Buena Vista Overlook
• Great River Harbor Landing
• Buena Vista Park
• Tank Pond Landing
• Rieck’s Lake Park
• 10th Street Landing
• Buffalo City Park
• Belvidere Slough Landing
• Foelsch Riverside Park
• Spring Lake Landing
• Merrick State Park
• Danzinger Vineyards (Alma)
• Whitman Dam Wildlife Area Landing
• Park, Town of Buffalo
• Seven Hawks Vineyards (Fountain City)
Fountain City • Liberty Street Landing • Merrick Park North Landing • Merrick Park South Landing • Mertes’ Slough Landing • Mill Street Landing
Mondovi • Mirror Lake Landing
Nelson • Beef Slough Landing (Dike Road, Nelson to Wabasha MN)
Cochrane • Goose Lake Memorial Park • Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden
Fountain City • Angel Bluff, Mississippi Valley Conservancy • Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum • Fountain City Community Park
Gilmanton • Gilmanton Park
• Chippewa River Landing
• Joseph Peterson Arboretum
• Indian Slough Landing (Dike Road, Nelson to Wabasha MN)
• Mondovi Tourist Park
• Mirror Lake Park • Sharps Point Park
• Alma to Finger Lakes National Recreational Trail (Canoe) • Nelson-Trevino Bottoms National Recreational Trail (Canoe)
FISHING FLOAT • The Great Alma Fishing Float (Alma)
RACE TRACK • Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City)
• Big River Theatre (Alma)
MUSEUMS Alma • Alma Area Museum • Castlerock Museum • Heritage Hall
Cochrane • Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden & Museum
Fountain City • Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum • Fountain City Area Historical Society Museum
Mondovi • Rural Life & County Schoolhouse Museum
VISITOR CENTERS • Wings Over Alma Visitor Center (Alma)
RURAL COUNTY ADVENTURES
• The Valley Golf Course (Mondovi)
• Together Farms, Mondovi
• Walnut Grove Golf Course (Cochrane)
• Bucknuckles, Praag
• Farm to Fork Retreat, Mondovi • Suncrest Gardens Farm, between Cochrane & Waumandee Valley • Kinstone, Fountain City
Photo courtesy of Photography By Jake
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 travel 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.
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.
C A M P I N G IN THE COUNTY
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 in a resort full of fun activities and amenities. You can even camp on the Mississippi River sand islands!
LOCAL CAMPING BUFFALO COUNTY RESORT Waumandee DRIFT INN Fountain City, 13 Sites FARM TO FORK RETREAT Mondovi
TOURIST PARK Mondovi, 6 Sites NELSON LANDING RV PARK Nelson , 100 Sites SLEEPY HOLLOW CAMPGROUND Fountain City, 35 Sites
RIECK’S LAKE & PARK Alma, 20 Sites
P A D D L I N G
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 City & Fountain City
IN THE COUNTY
BUFFALO RIVER RIECK’S LAKE TRAIL Alma BEEF SLOUGH 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 SPRING LAKE TRAIL Buffalo City SPRING LAKE Buffalo City TIFFANY BOTTOMS TRAIL Nelson CHIPPEWA RIVER BACKWATERS Nelson
CAMPER RENTALS HAPPY PLACE CAMPER RENTALS Mondovi
SHORELINE CAMPING RIECKS LAKE PARK Alma, 20 Sites
MERRICK STATE PARK Fountain City, 65 Sites
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE & FISH REFUGE Sand Islands On The Mississippi River
MERRICK STATE PARK 65 Sites, Fee: Wisconsin Park Pass
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!
Buffalo County boasts several certified organic farms for sourcing eggs, veggies, berries & herbal teas as well as other seasonal produce. You will discover organically raised 100% grassfed beef & lamb and pastured woodland pork. These products can also be enjoyed at On-Farm Dining Venues, local farmers markets and even a bed & breakfast or two.
ON FARM DINING Each of these venues sponsor a weekly “Night” or more on the Farm starting in May & continuing into October. Facilities for weddings or events are also available. BARN AGAIN LODGE, Mondovi Pizza Night, Wednesday FARM TO FORK DANCING YARROW RETREAT, Mondovi Pizza Night, Thur-Sat (MayOct), Organic Gardening, Lodging & Paddling on Buffalo River THE STONE BARN, Nelson Pizza Night On The Farm, Pizza, Friday-Sunday (May-Oct)
IN THE COUNTY
FARM TO TABLE
SUNCREST GARDENS FARM, Waumandee Pizza Night on the Farm, Fri & Sat, 4:00-8:30pm (May-Sept), Live Music & Fire Pit TOGETHER FARMS, Mondovi Burger Night On The Farm, Fri-Sun, 4-8pm (May-Sept), Raising Grassfed Beef & Lamb, Woodland Pork & Pastured Poultry
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Pizza Night at Suncrest Gardens Farm
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 Holsteins. Great family vacation experience! ROOM TO ROAM FARM VACATION On-Farm Bed & Breakfast, Wisconsin Farm On The Mississippi River W656 Veraguth Drive, Fountain City WI Reservations: 608-687-8565
BUFFALO COUNTY DAIRY FARMS CHEESE is a way of life in Buffalo County, Wisconsin … from our dairy farms & herds to great cheeses & butter. Associated Milk Producers, Inc (AMPI) signs can be seen throughout the County on member farms. Look for them as you drive our back roads and thank our farmers!
We know cheese. It’s what we do. We are a local, dairy farmer-owned cooperative that specializes in making award-winning cheese. We are AMPI.
ASSOCIATED MILK PRODUCERS INC. 220 East Center Street | Blair, WI 54616 www.ampi.com | 608-989-2535
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.
POINTS OF INTEREST
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
H I S T O R Y IN THE COUNTY
Buffalo County offers many authentic historical settings for visitors to enjoy. They reflect back on the 19th century settlement of life along the Mississippi River and into the fertile valleys and ridges of our county.
HISTORICAL SOCIETIES and MUSEUMS BUFFALO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Alma Area Museum Alma Historical Society Buffalo City-Cochrane Area Historical Society
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES IN BUFFALO COUNTY
HISTORY AND HERITAGE Settled in the 1830s along the western shore of Wisconsin and the Mississippi River. In the early years as the County was developing, moving logs on the Mississippi River was the major industry. With minimal tree cover the County was prime for agriculture and still is today. There are many Century Farms and driving the back roads of Buffalo County
you will enjoy the farm scenery, historic churches, a wooden mill and one of the oldest jails in Wisconsin. For more information on Alma, Wisconsin’s National Historic District, visit the historical society’s website at www. almahistory.info or look for their publication “Alma On The Mississippi (1848-1932)” at the Alma Area Museum.
Alma Historic District, Alma WI Jacob Berni House, 911 Riverview Drive, Alma WI Burlington Hotel, 809 N Main Street, Alma WI Fugina House, 348 S Main Street, Alma WI Frederick Laue House, 1111 S Main Street, Alma WI Frederick Laue, Jr House, 1109 S Main Street, Alma WI
Fountain City Area Historical Society Heritage Hall, Alma Mondovi Area Historical Society Mondovi Rural Life & County Schoolhouse Museum
Harmonia Hall, S2119 County Road E, Waumandee WI John L Senn House, 811 S 2nd Street, Alma WI Sherman House, 301 S Main Street, Alma WI John Steiner Store, 1101 S Main Street, Alma WI Dr J T Tenney House, 304 N 2nd Street, Alma WI Tester & Polin General Merchandise Store, 215 N Main Street, Alma WI Ulrich Walser House, 711 N 2nd Street, Alma WI
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
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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 28
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
THE FLAG MEMORIAL County Road O, Cochrane Wisconsin Since 2005, a flag flies in honor of each Wisconsin hero who has died in Iraq or Afghanistan at The Flag Memorial. See this Memorial on display along County
Highway O as you leave Cochrane and head toward Buffalo City, Wisconsin each national holiday, weather permitting, including Mother’s Day & Father’s Day.
The Memorial was started by volunteers July 4th, 2005 after the death of a local friend in Iraq. 13 years later, the Memorial is still in place and has grown in size to over 150 flags. Seeing the
flags is humbling and the families of the fallen are appreciative of the effort … that’s why the Memorial continues.
F I S H I N G
GREAT ALMA FISHING FLOAT “More Than A Boat Ride” The Float has been in continual operation in Alma since Lock & Dam #4 opened in 1935. It’s a family tradition for many folks to travel from the Midwest and fish at the Float. Favorite catches are Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, Catfish, Blue Gill & Crappie. Located below Lock and Dam #4 in downtown Alma. $5 gets you a boat ride over and back for a river view of Alma. $18 gets you the same ride plus fishing all day. $3 senior discount on Thursdays. Wisconsin or Minnesota fishing license applies.
IN THE COUNTY
Boat shuttle from 6am to 6pm, located behind the Riverside Apts on River Street. No reservations required, groups welcome. Extra services available for small fee: pole rental, rod holder rental, tackle or fish cleaning. Night fishing: two bunk rooms for rent.
FISHING THE HARD WATER The onset of Winter and cold weather doesn’t stop the anglers in Buffalo County. Ice fishing is popular from the moment the water is “hard” enough until the springtime thaw. You can huddle outside sitting on a bucket with your line in the water or recline and wait in the luxury of your oversized ice shanty, it’s up to you and your level of needed comfort. ICE FISHING CONTESTS January Mayhem On The Mississippi, Alma January Winter Fest Ice Fishing Contest, Cochrane-Buffalo City February Mirror Lake Ice Fishing Contest, Mondovi
TROUT STREAMS & FLY FISHING Buffalo County supports 4 rivers and 59 streams, creeks & sloughs. Boasting 130 miles of Trout Streams for the angler makes Buffalo County a fly-fishing destination. 16 Class II Trout Streams (9 miles) and 15 Class III Trout Streams (83 miles) are thriving and provide a great choice of streams throughout the county. Habitat work on these
cold water streams has been led by local conservation clubs. Sources of funding used on these sites have been: USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wisconsin DNR (Trout Stamp and Conservation Aids), local conservation clubs, Trout Unlimited, US-Fish and Wildlife Service, Buffalo County, and some private donations. Class II Trout Streams are listed on Page 22 and shown on the Buffalo County Travel Map (Pages 20-21).
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 Mississippi River, Alma, WI | Fee: $18 RIVERS IN BUFFALO COUNTY • Mississippi River • Buffalo River • Chippewa River • Trempealeau River OUTFITTERS • Bite-Me Bait & Sport Shop • Rutting Ridge Outfitters Boat landings are available in every small river town on the Mississippi River and on Mirror Lake in Mondovi. Check out page 22 of the Visitor Guide for more information. WISCONSIN FISHING LICENSE INFO Wisconsin is a great state to fish! Kids 15 and under fish free every day. So do anglers born before 1928 and active duty military on furlough or leave who are Wisconsin residents. Purchase your Wisconsin Fishing License at a local KwikTrip convenience store or online at GoWild.wi.gov. See pages 20-21 (map) and page 22 for streams and boat landings. Buffalo County
ON THE RIVER
F O U N T A I N C I T Y
FOUNTAIN CITY, the oldest settlement in
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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 25 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
• Monarch Public House • Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum 32
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
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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
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. PUBLIC LANDS FOR HUNTING • Big Swamp Tamarack Fen • Lower Chippewa River • Nelson-Trevino Bottoms • Tiffany Bottoms • Trempealeau River Meadow • Whitman Bottoms Floodplain Forest
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 OUTFITTERS County, in Western Wisconsin. • Bluff Bucks Outfitters Notorious early morning • Bluff Country Outfitters hunts give way to • Bremer Creek Outfitters breathtaking sunrises; this is your chance to watch nature • Buffalo County Buck come alive! Towering bluffs 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
Albino deer are rare but they do show up among Buffalo County’s white-tail 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.
Deer Capital Of America”. DEER HUNTING SEASONS Bow Season: Sept 15 – Jan 6 Youth Hunt: Oct 6-7 Gun Season: Nov 17-25 Antlerless Season: Dec 6-9 Purchase your Wisconsin Hunting License at a local KwikTrip convenience store or online at GoWild.wi.gov.
It Began With 19th Century Wine Making
W I N E T A S T I N G IN THE COUNTY
Vintage 19th Century Vineyard in Alma Wisconsin, photo by Gerhard Gesell
Vineyards and wine making came to Buffalo County in the mid 19th century with the arrival of settlers from Switzerland and the provinces that became Germany. Today the tradition of wine making continues and Buffalo County hosts two tasting rooms/wineries/vineyards. The County is also a great central location to base your regional wine tasting adventures with lodging, great food and access to 7 of the great River Road Wine Trail wineries within a 30-45 minute drive. More info at greatriverroadwinetrail.org.
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. 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. UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY VITICULTURE AREA Buffalo County’s wineries grow their own grapes in vineyards that are focused on coldclimate 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.
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.
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 sevenhawksvineyards.com 866-946-3741
Alma, Wisconsin April & May: 11am-5pm Daily June-Sept: 11am-6pm, Sun-Thur, and 7pm, Fri-Sat Oct-Nov: 11am-5pm Daily Dec-Mar: 11am-4pm, Fri-Sun S2015 Grapeview Lane Alma, WI danzingervineyard.com 608-685-6000
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The business community serving the traveling public and local residents of Buffalo County is strong. Please make sure to support our advertisers listed below. Their participation in the Visitor Guide makes this publication possible.
ARTIST STUDIOS ALLEY CAT ART GALLERY 608-248-3689 Buffalo City 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 ALLIANCE BANK, MONDOVI 715-926-4234 245 S EAU CLAIRE STREET, MONDOVI alliancebank.us BANK OF ALMA, ALMA 608-685-2400 211 S Main Street, Alma bankofalma.net BANK OF ALMA, NELSON 715-673-4351 N104 N Main Street, Nelson bankofalma.net UNITED BANK, MONDOVI (ATM) 715-926-3882 203 E Main Street, Mondovi unitedbankwi.com WAUMANDEE STATE BANK, FOUNTAIN CITY 608-687-9311 46 South Main Street, Fountain City waumandeebank.com 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 BURCKHARD’S ALMA BAKERY 605-216-9091 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 BROTHEL TAVERN 608-279-9248 S3165 County Road M, Fountain City BUCKNUCKLES SALOON & GRILL, Ad on Page 40 608-685-4501 S1501 State Road 88, Praag BUZZ’S BAR & GRILL, Ad on Page 17 715-926-4253 152 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi buzzsbarandgrill.com 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), Ad on Page 33 608-687-3335 112 N Shore Drive, Fountain City thegoldenfrog.com
G-STOP (THE) 715-946-3400 S866 State Road 88 S, Gilmanton GUMBY’S BAR & GRILL 715-926-4431 102 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi gumbysbar.com HILLTOP BAR & BALLROOM 608-687-8739 S335 County Road M, Fountain City ISLAND’S EDGE 715-946-3037 S826 State Road 37, Mondovi LARRY’S LOOKOUT 608-323-1007 S2428 State Hwy 95 between Fountain City & Arcadia LEEBO’S 715-946-3504 S875 State Road 88, Gilmanton LIL’S COCHRANE INN 608-248-2999 101 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 TIM & STEPHANIE’S ROADHOUSE BAR 507-858-7557 S3806 WI State highway 35, Fountain City 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 ALMA THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE & BODYWORKS 608-418-0756 115 S Main Street, Alma RICH’S BARBER SHOP 608-248-2210 201 N Main Street, Cochrane ALL ABOUT YOU SALON 608-626-2626 5007 County Road U, Waumandee BEAUTY NOOK 715-926-4499 111 W Main Street, Mondovi 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 NEW YOU 715-926-5922 136 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi SHEAR TRENDS LLC 715-926-4222 133 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi SPASHA 608-685-3525 200 S Main Street, Alma STACY LYNN’S SALON “DE JA VU” 608-685-6400 115 S Main Street, Alma STUDIO 35 715-673-4205 S287 State Road 35 S, Nelson STYLIN’ ON THE RIVER 608-685-4812 210 N Main Street, Alma 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
FUN ‘ N THE SUN HOUSEBOATS, Ad on Page 10 888-343-5670, funsun.com S2221 State Road 35, Alma 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 & KAYAKS, Ad on Page 17 715-833-9975 S193 County Road BB, Mondovi farmtoforkretreat.com
BOWLING NEIGHBORS BAR & LANES 608-248-3030 100 N Main Street, Cochrane
CAR WASHES 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 FIRE & ICE 612-423-3653 305 N Main Street, Alma WORLD CUP COFFEE 507-458-1906 615 S Main Street, Fountain City worldcupcoffee.ne
CONVENIENCE STORES & GAS STATIONS B & S EXPRESS (ATM), Ad on Page 29 608-248-2575 126 S Belvidere Street, Buffalo City
DRUG STORE MONDOVI HEALTHMART PHARMACY 715-926-4938 122 S Eau Claire Street, Mondovi stores.healthmart.com/ mahlumspharmacy/stores.aspx
FLEA MARKETS BETH’S FLEA MARKET 715-673-4040 S286 State Hwy 35, Nelson Saturdays, May-Sept THE MARKET AT MIDWAY 507-380-1222 W626 Midway Road, Fountain City 2nd Weekend Monthly, June-Sept
BITE ME BAIT & SPORT SHOP, Ad on Page 17 715-530-4871 405 S State Street, Mondovi B & S EXPRESS, BAIT, Ad on Page 29 608-248-2575 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
GREENHOUSES & FLORISTS ALMA BLOOMS, Ad on Page 10 608-685-4701 105 N Main Street, Alma almablooms.com ALMA GARDEN GATE 608-685-3335 333 S Main Street, Alma BLUCREEK ANNUALS 608-323-3516 S1755 County Road C, Waumandee COWSMO COMPOST, Ad on Page 15 608-626-2571 S1843 County Road U, Cochrane GEHRKE’S FLORAL & GREENHOUSE 715-926-4931 515 E Main Street, Mondovi gehrkefloral.com OLSON FARM GREENHOUSES 715-926-5035 US Highway 10, West of Mondovi City Limit
GOLF COURSES VALLEY GOLF & EVENTS, 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 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
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BUFFALO COUNTY RESORT 608-626-2371 County Road U, Waumandee buffalocountyresort.com DRIFT INN 608-687-9581 S2947 Indian Creek Road, Fountain City driftinnic.com HAPPY PLACE CAMPER RENTALS 715-586-0425 405 S State Street, Mondovi NELSON’S LANDING RV PARK 507-951-2842 E203 Cleveland Street, Nelson nelsonslandingrvpark.com 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
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 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
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 TRAX LIQUOR STORE 200 S Main Street, Alma WINE HOUSE 608-687-6223 392 Bluff Siding Road, Bluff Siding
ALMA HOME STYLE LODGING, Ad on Page 10 608-685-4557 209 S Main Street, Alma almahomestylelodging.com
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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, Ad on Page 10 608-685-9700 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, Ad on Page 17 715-833-9975 S193 County Road BB, Mondovi farmtoforkretreat.com FELICE PATRA INN 608-685-4512 609 N Main Street, Alma felicepatra.com FOUNTAIN MOTEL, Ad on Page 33 608-687-3111 810 S Main Street, Fountain City fountaincitymotel.com GREAT ALMA FISHING FLOAT, FISHING 651-380-7296 State Road 35, Alma almafishingfloat.com
GREAT RIVER LODGE, Ad on Page 29 608-863-1199 675 North River Road, Buffalo City GREAT RIVER RETREAT & GUEST HOUSE 507-358-3472 S1519 State Road 35, Alma 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 HOTEL DE VILLE 612-423-3653 305 N Main Street, Alma hoteldevillealma.com INN AT BIG RIVER THEATRE 608-685-9700 121A S Main Street, Alma bluedoorinnalma.com MANOR (THE) 952-221-4847 N Second Street, Alma MISSISSIPPI RIVER RETREAT 507-458-0564 S2320 County Road OO, Buffalo City mississippiriverretreat.com PIPARO’S DREAM SEASON RANCH 434-214-2378 S2850 Kennebeck Road, Fountain City 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, Ad on Page 17 715-926-5926 860 E Main Street, Mondovi sunriseinnmondovi.com TRITSCH HOUSE 507-450-6573 601 South 2nd Street, Alma thetritschhouse.org
WARD’S RIVERSIDE CABINS, Ad on Page 29 608-248-3702 920 N Front Street, Buffalo City wardsriversidecabins.com WHITE DEER LODGE, Ad on Page 15 608-323-3927 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 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 ALMA AREA MUSEUM 505 S 2nd Street, Alma almahistory.net CASTLEROCK MUSEUM, Ad on Page 10 608-685-4231 402 S 2nd Street, Alma castlerockmuseum.com ELMERS AUTO & TOY MUSEUM, Ad on Page 33 608-687-8211 903 Elmers Road, Fountain City elmersautoandtoymuseum.com FOUNTAIN CITY AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 7 South Main Street, Fountain City HERITAGE HALL 608-685-6290 316 S Main Street, Alma PRAIRIE MOON SCULPTURE GARDEN & MUSEUM 608-687-9874 52727 Prairie Moon Road, Cochrane
WINGS OVER ALMA NATURE & ART CENTER, Ad on Page 9 608-685-3303 110 N Main Street, Alma wingsoveralma.org
PHOTOGRAPHY CREATIVE IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY 715-926-5371 W314 Albany M, Mondovi PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAKE 715-577-4726, Mondovi
RESTAURANTS ALFRESCO PIZZERIA 608-685-3340 211 N Main Street, Alma ALMA HOTEL & UNION HOUSE BAR 608-685-3380 201 N Main Street, Alma ANNA MAE’S PANTHER CAFÉ 715-946-3139 S870 State Road 88, Gilmanton 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 FARM TO FORK RETREAT, Ad on Page 17 715-833-9975 S193 County Road BB, Mondovi farmtoforkretreat.com 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 MCT’S 715-926-4466 747 E Main Street, Mondovi MONARCH PUBLIC HOUSE 608-687-4231 19 N Main Street, Fountain City monarchtavern.com 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), Ad on Page 27 608-248-3773 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, Ad on Page 29 608-248-2337 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, Ad on Page 15 608-626-2122 S2257 Yaeger Dugway, Cochrane suncrestgardensfarm.com TOGETHER FARMS, Ad on Page 17 715-926-5009 W93 Norden Road, Mondovi togetherfarms.com VALLEY GOLF & EVENTS, SUPPER CLUB 715-926-4913 S80 Golf Road, Mondovi thevalleygc.com VINO OVER THE VALLEY 608-323-1007 S2428 State Highway 95 between Fountain City & Arcadia WAUMANDEE HOUSE 608-525-2371 S2020 County Road U, Waumandee waumandeehouse.com 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 ART & SOUL GALLERY & GIFT SHOP, Ad on Page 11 715-279-1480 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 COMMERCIAL GALLERY 608-418-0144 305 S Main Street, Alma DOLLAR GENERAL 608-248-1060 260 N Main Street, Cochrane DOLLAR GENERAL 715-926-5216 1010 Countryside Parkway, Mondovi ENDLESS VINTAGE 608-863-1414 W371 County Road P, Marshland ETTA’S PLACE CONSIGNMENTS 608-418-0797 200 S Main Street, Alma
RED HORSE GALLERY 507-450-6162 116 S Main Street, Fountain City red-horse-gallery.com 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 INN AT BIG RIVER THEATRE 608-685-9700 121A S Main Street, Alma bluedoorinnalma.com
SWIMMING POOLS 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 BUENA VISTA PARK, PICNIC PAVILION & OVERLOOK 608-685-3330 City of Alma, 314 N Main Street, Alma DANZINGER VINEYARDS 608-685-6000 S2015 Grapeview Lane, Alma 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, Ad on Page 33 608-687-3332 S3439 Cole Bluff Lane, Fountain City kinstonecircle.com 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
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DANZINGER VINEYARDS, Ad on Page 40 608-685-6000 S2015 Grapeview Lane, Alma danzingervineyard.com SEVEN HAWKS VINEYARDS, Ad on Page 35 608-687-9463 17 North Street, Fountain City sevenhawksvineyards.com GREAT RIVER ROAD WINE TRAIL greatriverroadwinetrail.org
WINGS OVER ALMA NATURE & ART CENTER, Ad on Page 9 608-685-3303 110 N Main Street, Alma wingsoveralma.org
WEDDINGS, VENUES & SUPPLIERS ALMA AMERICAN LEGION HALL 501 N Main Street, ALMA 608-685-3652 ALMA BLOOMS, Ad on Page 10 608-685-4701 105 N Main Street, Alma almablooms.com ALMA ROD & GUN CLUB S1562 County Road I, Alma 608-685-3631 BARN AT MIRROR LAKE (THE) 715-972-2277 656 N Eau Claire Street, Mondovi BUFFALO TOWN HALL 608-687-9502 54 WI State Highway 35, Fountain City BUENA VISTA PARK, PICNIC PAVILION & OVERLOOK 608-685-3330 City of Alma, 314 N Main Street, Alma CREATIVE IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY 715-926-5371 W314 Albany M, Mondovi CROSS TOWN HALL 608-687-3228 Buehler Valley Road, Fountain City DANZINGER VINEYARDS 608-685-6000 S2015 Grapeview Lane, Alma GILMANTON AMERICAN LEGION HALL W736 County Road C, Gilmanton STONE BARN (THE) 715-673-4478 S685 County Road KK, Nelson thenelsonstonebarn.com SUNCREST GARDENS FARM, Ad on Page 15 608-626-2122 S2257 Yaeger Dugway, Cochrane suncrestgardensfarm.com TOGETHER FARMS, Ad on Page 17 715-926-5009 W93 Norden Road, Mondovi togetherfarms.com
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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) 715-926-1123 104 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 608-685-4330 125 N Main Street, Alma mspearlco.com MODERN FLAIR VINTAGE 304 S Main Street, Alma 218-770-9986 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