La Crosse Nature Guide

A one-stop resource of outdoor places for nature connections in La Crosse County

Coulee Experimental Forest

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Hiking/Walking

Biking

Cross Country Skiing

Snow-shoeing

(Select Trails)

The Coulee Experimental State Forest is characterized by its deep ravines formed by water erosion, distinctive of southwestern Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Specific details for each trailhead can be found numbered, respectively, below. Alternative access points are marked on the map in green.

To enlarge the map of access points, click on the image.

Location / Access

Access Point #1 

Address:

Russlan Coulee Rd.

La Crosse, WI 54601

(Lat-Longitude: 43.848035, -91.040790)

Directions:

To access the western parking lot, take Hwy 33 east from La Crosse, then north on County Road M. Turn right on Russlan Coulee Road, just east of Barre Mills. Parking is at the end of the road.

Accessible By Public Transport?

No

Map View of Location 

Parking:

Gravel parking lot

Street View of  Trailhead & Parking

Access Point #2

Address:

Russlan Coulee Rd.

Bangor, WI 54614

(Lat-Longitude: 43.860702, -91.023699)

Directions:

To access the eastern parking lot and trailhead from Bangor, take Hwy 162 south towards County Road II. Turn right onto Russlan Coulee Road. The parking area and trailhead are at the end of the road.

Map View of Location 

Parking:

Gravel parking lot

Street View of Trailhead

Accessible By Public Transport?

No

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Site Information

Dominant Features

Biodiversity Rating: 4/5

Trees
Scenic
Overlook

Coulee Experimental Forest Trail Map

(click for map)

 

Ski Trail Map - (click for map)

courtesy of the WI DNR

Terrain:

Uneven

Unpaved

Moderate to steep inclines

Difficulty:

         Moderate

Pets not allowed on ski trails during ski season.

Otherwise allowed on leash.

Additional Notes:

  • Cross country ski trails are signed and taken care of by volunteers, but not patrolled regularly.

  • Snowmobiling and target shooting are prohibited. 

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