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The La Crosse Area


The La Crosse Area abounds with outdoor and indoor recreational activities. It would be difficult to find a program in such a beautiful area with so many things to do!

Summer Activities

The area's abundant water resources make canoeing, boating, water-skiing and swimming popular summer activities. The La Crosse Parks System includes 25 city parks, six county parks and playgrounds fully developed with picnic areas, play areas, tennis courts and shelters. Additional recreational facilities are provided at the 150 acre Grandad Bluff Park, the 650 acre Goose Island County Park and the 53 acre Veteran's Memorial Park in West Salem. Perot State Park is located in nearby Trempealeau and provides scenic hiking, biking and camping. Many residents hike and cross-country ski in Hixon Forest, a 10 minute drive away from Gundersen. Less than a mile from downtown La Crosse, citizens enjoy Myrick Park. Hiking and biking trails, fully integrated with the Wisconsin state system, attract many visitors to the area.

If golf is your bag, the Greater La Crosse Area boasts 15 nine-hole and 12 18-hole public golf courses. Additionally, three 18-hole private courses can also be found.

River backwaters, wooded coulees and remnant prairies provide excellent habitat for wild game. Hunting enthusiasts in our area have no trouble finding whitetail deer, ducks, geese, pheasants, grouse and wild turkeys.

In rivers, lakes and streams, high quality trout, walleye, northern pike and panfish provide a challenge for any angler. Ice fishing remains popular throughout the winter season.

Winter Activities

For winter enjoyment, abundant snow cover on well-groomed trails provides excellent snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. There is also an ice skating rink right behind the resident housing.

Mt. La Crosse: A privately owned ski hill located in southern La Crosse County, offers some of the finest downhill skiing in the Midwest. Two free lift tickets are provided for Gundersen residents.


Indoor and outdoor city league teams in a wide variety of sports are available all year long. Gundersen Medical Foundation sponsors several resident teams each year. There are several health clubs in La Crosse, three of which are within a five minute drive of Gundersen, including the YMCA.

School Systems

La Crosse has a strong and innovative public school system. In addition, there are Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and non-denominational Christian schools in the area.

Higher Education

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