Friends of the
La Crosse River Marsh
As of January 7, 2021, the viewing platform on the East side of the Cottonwood Trail is closed for repairs until further notice.
The first video for Backwaters showcasing photography by Friends of the La Crosse River Marsh.
Meet the La Crosse River Marsh
The La Crosse River Marsh, at the confluence of the La Crosse and Mississippi Rivers, is a thousand-acre wetland located in the middle of the City of La Crosse in western Wisconsin.
This marsh not only provides the city with critical flood protection, clean water, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities, but it also helps to create a sense of community and bolsters the local economy. Local organizations, community members, and city government are all working together to protect and care for this vital resource. Read more about what you can do at home to help protect the marsh.
La Crosse River Marsh map (.pdf 2.2MB)
Music with a marsh theme!
Backwaters, a new album of instrumental music by Momentous Records recording artist Mike Starling, is now available.
Listen to the album and
What We Do
Trail Maintenance & Marsh Restoration
Regular volunteer work parties to help restore the marsh ecosystem to its natural state
Guided trail walks, environmental education events and more
Collaborate with the City of La Crosse and other groups to protect biodiversity, ensure safe trails and promote responsible use
Visit our facebook site, or scroll down to our facebook feed, to learn details about upcoming educational events and marsh restoration work.
“… a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such.”
Photo: Jeff Sander
In the News
Carolyn Mahlum-Jenkins | La Crosse Tribune | 5/17/2020
Casey Meehan | La Crosse Tribune | 9/18/2019
Jourdan Vian | La Crosse Tribune | 4/15/2019
John Sullivan | La Crosse Tribune | 3/11/2018
Nancy Heerens-Knudson | La Crosse Tribune | 1/14/2018
Tribune Staff | La Crosse Tribune | 9/13/2016
Chris Hubbuch | La Crosse Tribune | 3/26/2016