La Crosse River

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La Crosse River
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La Crosse river running through a marsh in La Crosse, Wisconsin
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La Crosse River watershed map
Physical characteristics
 • locationGrant, Monroe County, Wisconsin
 • coordinates44°07′12″N 90°35′27″W / 44.1199632°N 90.5909671°W / 44.1199632; -90.5909671
MouthConfluence with the Mississippi River
 • location
La Crosse, Wisconsin
 • coordinates
43°49′07″N 91°15′23″W / 43.8185774°N 91.2565261°W / 43.8185774; -91.2565261[1]
 • elevation
633 ft (193 m)
Length61.3 miles (98.7 km)
Basin sizeApproximately 500 sq mi (1,300 km2)[2]
Basin features
River systemMississippi River

The La Crosse River is a 61.3-mile-long (98.7 km)[3] tributary of the Mississippi River in southwestern Wisconsin in the United States.


La Crosse river

The La Crosse River rises in northern Monroe County and flows generally west-southwestwardly into La Crosse County, through the Fort McCoy military installation and past Sparta, Rockland, Bangor and West Salem. It flows into the Mississippi River at the city of La Crosse.[4]

In Monroe County, it collects the short Little La Crosse River, which flows for its entire course in Monroe County.

Downstream of Sparta, the river is paralleled by the La Crosse River State Trail.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La Crosse River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. 28 August 1980. Retrieved 2022-08-12.
  2. ^ "Water Detail - La Crosse River, Lower La Crosse River Watershed (BL04)". Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-03-29 at the Wayback Machine, accessed October 5, 2012
  4. ^ "La Crosse River. The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000". 2005-03-24. Archived from the original on 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2018-09-22.

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Coordinates: 43°49′07″N 91°15′24″W / 43.81858°N 91.25653°W / 43.81858; -91.25653