St. Feriole Island

This 240-acre island on the east channel of the Mississippi River has a mix of habitats including beaches, floodplain forest and grassland. In the spring, floodwaters create mud flats ideal for migrating shorebirds. One may see American Avocets along the beach. A trail leads away from the parking lot to a floodplain hardwood forest where warblers and other migrant songbirds can be seen. Peregrine Falcons hunt ducks along this stretch of the river corridor. Area of earliest settlement and activity in Prairie du Chien. Site of the Battle of Prairie du Chien during the War of 1812. Three Indian treaties were signed here. Ideal for walking and biking. Boat landings, picnic areas. Two approaches to the island at Blackhawk Avenue and Washington Street. The Villa Louis Historic Site and Mississippi River Sculpture Park are found on the island. Also the site for major events in Prairie du Chien.

Directions

West on Blackhawk Avenue, along the Mississippi River.

Free Admission

  • Yes

Features

  • On Water
  • Disabled Access
  • Boating Services Available

Trail Length (miles)

  • 5 miles

Surface Type

  • Asphalt

Fish Type

  • Blue Gill
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Northern Pike
  • Panfish
  • Walleye

Fishing style

  • Inland Lake / River

Snowboarding Difficulty Rating

  • Easy

Natural Attractions Type

  • Beaches
  • Parks, forests and trails
  • Scenic vistas
  • Wildlife refuges & reserves