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W27062 State Road 35, Trempealeau, WI 54661

The orchard is home to 20 apple cultivars ranging in tastes, textures, amd subtle flavors.  We are dedicated to growing our apple crop sustainably using integrated pest management techniques to achieve the highest quality of fruit.  Our 2015 apple crop is Tru Earth Certified.

We also feature a handicap accessible, John Deere train, the Honeycrisp Express, an apiary, observational bee hive, morel mushrooms in the spring, blueberries in the summer,  and Wisconsin peaches in the fall. 

Home to Hog’s Back Brew Farm, Ecker’s Apple Farm is now a must-stop craft beer destination open on weekends June through October.

Come walk our orchard rows;  pick-your-own apples each September.  Take in the fall colours with family and friends.  Our orchard market is open daily each fall, brimming with specialty foods, our gourmet caramel, and our scratch apple pies.  The orchard is our labor of love, please be part of it with us.


N14898 Delaney Rd., Trempealeau, WI 54661
Producing the finest St. Pepin and Marquette grapes for premium Wisconsin Wines


, Trempealeau, Wi 54661
(608) 534-6409(608) 534-6409

Since its establishment in 1967, the Wisconsin State Bicycle Trail System has experienced increasing popularity. The Great River State Trail is a recent addition to this system. The trail offers the visitor a unique experience due to its location and scenic beauty.

The Mississippi River is renowned for its history and beautiful scenery. The river is graced by majestic limestone bluffs that watch it slowly meander southward. These features, and many others, justify reference to the Mississippi as the “Great River.”

Now visitors can enjoy the beauty of this mighty river and the surrounding countryside by biking or hiking the Great River State Trail.

The trail follows the abandoned Chicago and Northwestern railroad bed and passes through the communities of Onalaska, Midway, Trempealeau and 2 wildlife refuges. Parking areas are available in Onalaska, Midway, Trempealeau, and Hwy. 35.

Persons interested in traveling shorter distances will have the opportunity to begin and end at any of these towns. Shuttle service is available by calling the Center for Commerce & Tourism in Onalaska. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.

In addition to biking and hiking, the trail is also used for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Cross-country skiing starts in Onalaska and continues the entire length of the trail. Snowmobiling is permitted only in designated areas.

Eighteen bridges along the trail’s 22.5 mile length have been upgraded to accommodate bicycles. They cross several waterways including the Black River, Shingle Creek, Tank Creek and Halfway Creek. Bottomland areas provide an excellent opportunity to observe many wildlife species including songbirds, ducks, great blue heron, egrets, deer, squirrels and raccoons. The Great River State Trail is a great place for recreation, bird watching and fun!

US Army Corps of Engineers W24005 Road, Trempealeau, Wi 54661-0406
  • Located on Mississippi River mile 714.1 at Trempealeau, Wis.
  • Constructed and placed in operation in June 1936. Last major rehabilitation from 1989-1999
  • Dam consists of 893 feet long concrete structure with five roller gates and 10 tainter gates. Earth embankment 2,600 feet long. Concrete overflow spillway 1,000 feet long.
  • Lock is 110 feet wide by 600 feet long.
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    Friends of McGilvray Road PO Box 2976, La Crosse, Wi 54602-2976

    The Van Loon Wildlife Area Truss Bridge Group, located in Northwest La Crosse County, Wisconsin, is a unique combination of five rare bowstring arch truss bridges and one low truss bridge which was adopted from Pierce County. They represent two styles of bridge construction popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which are quickly being replaced due to deterioration or inability to meet todays greater traffic requirements. Currently the bridges are open only to pedestrian traffic. The bridges are located in the Van Loon Wildlife Area on the Old McGilvray Bottoms Road. The wildlife area contains about 4000 acres of land, much of it former farmland, along and through the Black River and its backwater. The purpose of the area is to provide fishing and hunting for waterfowl, upland game and deer. Location The McGilvray Bridges are located in the Van Loon Wildlife area, also known as the McGilvray Bottoms, in the northwest corner of La Crosse County, about 3.5 miles northwest of the Village of Holmen, Wisconsin. The property extends five miles south of the Black River, from Highway 53/93 Hunters Bridge to New Amsterdam on County XX. The entire trail from the parking lot to the Sixth Bridge and back measures 3.7 miles.

    You may reach the Bridges by traveling north on Hwy 53 past Holmen. Just after the highway turns from 4 lanes to 2, turn left on to Old 93. This will take you past the Van Loon Veterinary Clinic. Proceed to the end of Old 93 then take a right. About a half a mile down Amsterdam Prairie Road you will find a parking area for the Van Loon Wildlife Refuge on the left. This is the location of the Bridges.

    W25128 State Road 54/35, Trempealeau, WI 54661

    BMX Bike Riding

    W28488 Refuge Road, Trempealeau, Wi 54661

    Truly a jewel of Trempealeau County and no doubt one of Wisconsin’s best kept secrets!  Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located 3 miles southwest of Centerville, WI, off Hwy 35/54, is a place where wildlife viewing opportunities abound year round.  A 4.5 mile self-guided wildlife drive, two interpretive nature trails, and an observation deck with spotting scopes offer visitors a perfect chance to catch a glimse of flying, scurrying, or burrowing wildlife. 

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