Explore the Historic WWII Ship Docking at Riverside Park

The LST 325 Ship

Enhance your stay in the La Crosse Region by exploring the once-in-a-lifetime arrival of the only WWII Landing Ship Tank, LST 325. The historic military ship will dock in Riverside Park and tour tickets will be available to purchase August 31st- September 4th.

Riverside Park, La Crosse, WI | August 31st – Sept 4th, 2023

The Only WWII Operational Landing Ship Tank

The LST 325 will dock in Riverside Park and tickets will be for sale on site from 9-5 pm.
Ticket purchases with cash or credit card | Adults: $15, Children 6-17 Yrs: $7

During its time in La Crosse, visitors will have the opportunity to board the 328-foot-long ship and step back in time for a tour. The self-guided tours explore the ship’s interior, uncover its historical significance, and offer a deeper understanding of what day-to-day life looked like for those who bravely served and lived aboard the vessel.


Historically, these LST ships could carry twenty Sherman tanks in the giant hold within the ship. They were the only ships ever made that could go anywhere in the world and deposit their cargo onto a hostile beach and then return with another load. On the main deck they could also carry 30-40 trucks, tons of fuels, ammunition, supplies and soldiers.

The LSTs were used during World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam conflicts. This ship, LST 325, was in the invasion at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. It was also at Sicily on July 10, 1943.

This LST 325 was one of the first to be built and it is the only operational LST in the United States. It was built in Philadelphia, PA by the U.S. Navy Shipyard. Hundreds of these ships sailed on the rivers on their way to the Gulf of Mexico and to WWII. The shipyards were able to complete a ship every five days. Workers, welders, and equipment installers then boarded these vessels and completed the ship while it was in route down the Mississippi River. 1,051 LSTs were built in a little over three years. The United States never lost an invasion once the LSTs were designed and produced with the ability to land tanks, supplies and soldiers on the beach. 

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