McGilvray Road Bridges

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Friends of McGilvray Road PO Box 2976, La Crosse, Wi 54602-2976
Friends of McGilvray Road PO Box 2976, La Crosse, Wi 54602-2976 La Crosse Wisconsin 54602 US

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.

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