Wind Along The Great River Road

Great River Landing

Great River Landing is an epic road-side stop, perfect for stretching and gorgeous views!

Great River Landing

The Great River Landing in Onalaska, WI plays host to the trailhead of the Great River State Trail with showers and locker rooms for bicyclists enjoying the 101 miles of interconnecting state trails.  A new visitor center allows for beautiful views of Lake Onalaska and the Black River.  Great shore fishing near the Onalaska Spillway, and a waterfront that plays host each year to the Three Rivers Roleo log rolling championship.

Also located in Onalaska, WI, Sunny the Sunfish and Great River Landing are famous stops on the Great River Road within the La Crosse Region. The Great River Landing is renowned for its natural beauty, Welcome Center, and friendly atmosphere. It serves as the trailhead for the Great River State Trail which connects over 100 miles of state bicycle trails and is a short walk from local cuisine and shops.

Sunny The Sunfish

Onalaska is also known as the “Sunfish Capital of the World” to commemorate and to share the city’s love of the fish, stop by the road-side stop and see Sunny the Sunfish. Sunny the Sunfish is a quick drive North of the Great River Landing on HWY 35. The massive and brightly colored sunfish sculpture is 15 feet high and 25 feet long perched on a scenic overlook of Lake Onalaska. Sunny provides memorable amusement from a massive sunfish statue for family photo ops, the Great River State Trail, views of Lake Onalaska and enlarged rainbow, xylophones. Across from these Great River Road landmarks also lie renown dining options, such as Blue Moon.


  • Canoe & Kayak rentals
  • Trail head for the Great River State Trail
  • Shore fishing

Located off Highway 35/2nd Avenue and Irvin Street in Onalaska.

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Contact: 608-781-9560

Cover Photo Credit: Amy Bryant