The Prairie du Chien is certainly well known for it’s outdoor activities, events, and beauty during the Summer and Fall, but there’s a still plenty to do during the Winter months as well!
Go For a Hike in a Winter Wonderland!
While definitely colder, the weather isn’t always frightful during the Winter months. Area scenic sites like Wyalusing State Park (Wisconsin) and Pike’s Peak State Park (Iowa) provide a birds-eye view of the Mississippi River, Wisconsin River, and Prairie du Chien.
Trails are maintained as best they can during the Winter. Some may be better suited for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. However, much is walk-able depending on the weather conditions. Going for a snowy hike presents it’s own kind of serenity.
For Best Experience: Temperature is important, but not as much as the wind! A 15 degree day with sunshine and no wind is going to feel a lot better than temperatures in the 30’s with a breeze.
- Wyalusing State Park – Official Site
- Winter Fun at Wyalusing State Park – Friends of Wyalusing Site
- Pike’s Peak State Park – Official Site
The Prairie du Chien area has plenty of great ice fishing spots. Many with a bar or restaurant within walking distance to grab a burger and a drink.
Places like Gremore Lake, Spring Lake, and the Blackhawk Slough are some of the popular locations. If they’re biting, you could be reeling in some panfish, largemouth bass, or northern pike. While there’s no classic “bait shop” these days, there’s a good chance you’ll run into a knowledgeable fisherman or two at Cabela’s or a gas station like The Port.
Ice fishing is best experienced (and safest) with someone who knows what they are doing. We wouldn’t recommend giving ice fishing a try unless you or someone with you have plenty of experience.
And, as always, no ice can be considered 100% safe.
Indoor Water Park
Most activities on this list rely on decent winter weather conditions. Bearfoot Bay Indoor Waterpark is a great spot no matter the weather.
Bearfoot Bay is part of the Country Inn & Suites near Cabela’s on the north side of Prairie du Chien. It’s not a huge waterpark like those in the Wisconsin Dells, but it certainly gets the job done if your family is in need of some fun. There’s a couple smaller waterslides, basketball hoops, kiddie pool, and hot tub. Plus, you can easily get food from the adjoining bar and grill.
Keep in mind this is part of a hotel. While Bearfoot Bay has it’s own entrance, you’ll need to go to the hotel’s front desk to get wristbands. Wristbands are fairly priced at $7 each.
For Best Experience: Bearfoot Bay is best for families with younger children. While pools are great for people of any age, you won’t find any thrill rides that might keep a teenager excited.
Fish Fry / Supper Club – While a good Wisconsin fish fry or a classic Wisconsin supper club experience can happen year ’round, it’s especially tasty during the Winter.
Cross Country Skiing / Snowshoeing – If you’re looking to stay in Prairie du Chien, there’s daily or weekend rentals available at Hoffman Hall via the Parks and Rec Department. Call (608) 326-2985 if you’re looking for information.
Snowmobiling – When there’s enough snow, local clubs maintain trails throughout Crawford County and southwest Wisconsin.