Best Camping Near La Crosse WI

Whether you’re visiting the La Crosse area or just looking for an affordable weekend getaway, tent camping is a great option. Here are 5 of the best places to tent camp in the La Crosse area, in no specific order.

Pettibone Resort

Pettibone Campground

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Pettibone Resort is located in the heart of La Crosse, near historic downtown. It features 30 tent sites, half of which look out onto the Mississippi River. Besides its ideal location, Pettibone also features basketball and horseshoe courts within the grounds, as well as kayak and canoe rentals if you want to explore the river. Due to flooding concerns, Pettibone Resort’s tentative open date this year is May 25th.   

Goose Island Campground

Goose Island Campground

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Goose Island Campground is located just a few miles south of La Crosse in Stoddard. The scenic 169 tent campground features hiking trails as well as mapped out canoe trails. Goose Island opens April 15th, make your reservations today at

Great River Bluffs State Park

Great River Bluff State Park

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Worth the trip across the river, Great Bluffs State Park in Winona, MN has something for all nature lovers. From extensive hiking trails to birdwatching to uncommon animals such as the Six Lined Racer, this 31-tent park is sure to impress.

Bluebird Springs Recreation Area

Bluebird Springs Recreation Area

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This hidden gem in rural La Crosse features an on-site swimming pool and beach, bluff hiking trails and volleyball, basketball and horseshoe courts. Bluebird Springs has 49 tent sites and opens April 15th.

Perrot State Park

Perrot State Park

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Perrot State Park, located in Trempealeau just across the county line, offers a different experience than the rest of the list as it is away from the bluffs a bit. Perrot has rivers, wetlands and wooded slopes all full of animals of all shapes and sizes from muskrats to woodchucks to snapping turtles. A great place to camp, or just to hike, the park will soon be full of color with blue yellow and purple violets.

About the Author:

Hi I’m Nate, I’m 20 years old and have lived in La Crosse for a year. With the weather getting warmer I’m itching to get outside and explore, which prompted me to make this blog.

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