The Spooky, Strange, and Unusual in the Wilds of Trempealeau County

A strong sense of place exists in Trempealeau County, and the unusually beautiful landscape could be the draw for the subjects of scary reports about strange occurrences. Here’s a few stories tied to the landscape that may raise the hair on the back of your neck, or maybe raise your eyebrows in doubt:

Trempealeau Mountain Mothman:

Featured in a Monster Quest episode on the History Channel, sightings of a mothman type creature have been reported near Trempealeau Mountain. Watch this video to learn more about one of these sightings:

Chameleon Fish:

Fishermen operating in the approximate vicinity of the confluence of the Black and Mississippi Rivers found an unusual fish that changed its colors like a chameleon. Read more about this strange occurrence here.

The Dancing Ghost of Buena Vista:

South of Osseo on Highway 53 there is a scenic overlook known as Buena Vista. Reports claim some visitors have seen an apparition that appears to be engaged in traditional Native American dancing. Here’s a link for more information on the site.

Have you experienced something unusual, or scary, in the wilds of Trempealeau County? Send us a message with your story!

See Fall Leaves, Before Fall Leaves!

It’s only a short period of time that the hills, bluffs, and valleys of Wisconsin are ablaze in autumn color. During this brief time of year, Trempealeau County’s beautiful landscape provides a wonderful opportunity for activities like hiking, bicycling, canoeing, motorcycling, classic car cruising, and photography.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Fall Color Report, this is the peak color week for fall leaves in Trempealeau County, and it is being reported that nearly 100% of the county’s trees are changing color!

To experience the autumn colors, consider planning an outdoor outing that will provide an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views that the season offers in Trempealeau County. It could be something as simple as a car ride through the countryside on our scenic paved backroads, or you could create a series of afternoon activities to do with friends and family- such as hiking at Perrot State Park, visiting one of our orchards, stopping for a pumpkin at a roadside stand, and then going to eat at a unique locally owned dining establishment.

The autumn color season doesn’t last long, so follow this advice from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism: “See fall leaves, before fall leaves!”

Hoot n’ Holler as You Celebrate Autumn at the Honeycrisp Hootenanny!

On Saturday, October 13th experience fall fun at the Honeycrisp Hootenanny held on the grounds of Ecker’s Apple Farm. This event has a great line-up of music, that includes the outstanding regional bands “Pert Near Sandstone” and “Them Coulee Boys!” Grab a bite to eat at one of the many food trucks, or snack on an caramel apple. There’s also an artisan fair, in addition to delicious hard cider and area brewed beverages. Watch the kids have bushel baskets of fun riding a train, getting their faces painted, or watching t-shirts be printed.  For more information on this fun event along the famous Great River Road near the Mississippi River, check out the event website!

Celebrate Autumn at the 36th Annual Apple Affair Event in Galesville!

The beauty of the Galesville area is so stunning that one local pastor in the 1800’s wrote a book stating that it was the location of the Garden of Eden! This Saturday, October 6, head to Galesville to experience fall colors, shop over seventy artisans and crafters, and grab a slice of a 10 foot apple pie at the 36th annual Galesville Apple Affair. Largely held at the County Fair Grounds, there are also a number of activities happening in the community’s historic square. For more information on this fun fall event, check out:

A Taste of Trempealeau County!

For over 150 years, Trempealeau County has been creating some of the most iconic tastes of autumn: apples and freshly pressed cider. The first recorded apple harvest took place before the Civil War in 1858 and in the decades since, the art of growing scrumptious apples in the fertile soil near the Mississippi River has been perfected!

Today, there are three commercial orchards in Trempealeau County. All three offer unique experiences that can create lasting memories to enjoy with your friends or family.

Sacia Orchards near Galesville, is the 2nd largest orchard in Wisconsin and has been family owned for over a century. Visit their website to learn more about their offerings that are both diverse and delicious.

Ecker’s Apple Farm, near Trempealeau, has been family owned for over 70 years. In addition to apples, they offer an outstanding selection of craft brews, and feature live music. Here’s a link to their webpage to check out their band schedule and what’s been picked, and what’s on tap.

Ferguson’s Morningside Orchard is on a site that has been producing apples since the 1870’s, and today it is part of one of the largest orchard systems in the Midwest. Check out their website to learn more about the fun experiences they provide.

Besides orchards, the Galesville and Trempealeau area is rich in opportunities for outdoor recreation, scenic drives, and Farmers’ Markets.

Create a tradition with your friends or family of making a fun weekend trip to enjoy a taste of autumn in Trempealeau County!

160 Years of Fun!

This year marks the 160th year of the Trempealeau County Fair. A lot has changed in the last century and a half with agriculture and rural life, but the fair continues to be a tradition of fun for all ages! See livestock, take the family to the free entertainment tent, watch a talent completion, taste some treats, and enjoy the carnival. Then, after eating something on a stick, stick around to experience the sights and sounds of a tractor pull, or a demolition derby. Take time in Trempealeau County to participate in this 160th year of fun from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22.

Fly Fish Trempealeau County!

Trout streams in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin are well known to anglers throughout the Midwest, and beyond. In addition to outstanding fly fishing, these streams meander through valleys that provide picturesque views of a landscape rich with rock outcroppings, wooded slopes, pastures, and ancient barns. For those wishing to learn the art of fly fishing, or just returning to the hobby with a desire to tighten up their skillset, a “Learn to Fly Fish” class will be taking place at Pietrek Park in central Trempealeau County on May 31st. For more information check out the following link. If you’re an experienced angler looking for maps of trout fishing streams in Trempealeau County, this is a link to visit. There’s also work taking place to map trout stream easements throughout the County that provide access to privately owned stream banks, stay tuned for updates on the Take Time in Trempealeau County Facebook site or call 715-538-2311, Ext. 251. After a long winter, enjoy spring by exploring Trempealeau County with a fly rod!

“Bee” Advised…

The bio-diversity that largely exists in Trempealeau County because of its beautiful topography creates a wonderful habitat for raising bees. Hives that are maintained throughout the County contribute to existing pollinators and are crucial for area farms, orchards, and gardens. Delicious and healthy locally raised food is dependent on area bees, and the taste of success for productive hives is honey that is distinctively flavored by the unique landscape of Trempealeau County.

Once one of the largest honey producers in the United States, Wisconsin bee numbers have substantially declined in recent years. Additionally a large portion of honey sold in the United States is now being imported from other countries.

There are ways you be part of the movement to bring back healthy bee numbers that contribute to local food.  On your next visit here, “Bee” on the lookout for locally raised honey in stores and if you don’t see any, ask where you can find it. If you are fortunate and live in the beautiful landscape of Trempealeau County, consider placing a hive on your property and taking up the art of bee keeping. The Wisconsin Honey Producers organization has some great information on how to start bee keeping and Johnson Hardware and Rental in Whitehall is hosting a beginning bee keeping class on the evening of March 9th, give them a call for more details at 715-538-4616.

If you would like additional information on where you can discover the unique and delicious taste of Trempealeau County honey, contact our County’s tourism office at 715-538-2311, Ext. 251.

County-wide Ice Fishing Competition

In late January and February when most people are looking out the windows with cabin fever, sportsmen’s clubs across Trempealeau County brave the cold and host ice fishing events on frozen community lakes. These events are a great way to try your luck for a variety of fish, grab a bite to eat from food prepared by a local youth or civic organization as a fundraiser, compete for raffle prizes, and spend time with friends and family. With sometimes multiple generations on the ice and some events that have been held for over half a century, ice fishing is well rooted in Trempealeau County.

With so many great ice fishing experiences across the County, this year there is an opportunity to not only win one event, but to become a county-wide champion. Utilizing a point system, participants are awarded one point for participating in each ice fishing event in the County. Those placing in the top three of each event’s categories win 30 points for first place, 20 for second, and ten for third. At the end of the season when the points are tallied, the winner will receive a trophy, media attention, and some serious bragging rights!

For more information about the Trempealeau County Ice Fishing Champion Competition, contact the Trempealeau County Economic Development and Tourism office at 715-538-2311, Ext. 251.

“I’ll be Home for Christmas”

It’s predicted that approximately 90 million Americans will travel home for the holidays. If you’re heading back to Trempealeau County to spend time with family and friends, here’s a top ten list of things to do:

1.) Have an “old fashioned” Christmas at one of the area’s supper clubs

2.) Check out the view of the Mississippi River Valley from the Trempealeau Mounds that are located on a bluff that was modified by prehistoric people who lived in the current day Village of Trempealeau

3.) Visit a dining or drinking establishment in one of the County’s historic downtowns

4.) If the snow cover allows, try out a set of cross country skis or snowshoes at Perrot State Park or on some of the public lands in the County

5.) Experience fat tire biking at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

6.) After a snowstorm, check out snowmobile trail conditions on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to explore over 200 miles of snowmobiling trails in the County

7.) Visit one of our unique and locally owned retail establishments

8.) Experience the offerings of a local winery or brewery

9.) Cruise a stretch of the Great River Road

10.) Take selfies at the Buena Vista overlook south of Osseo on HWY 53, which commemorates the story of a wealthy young man who rejected conventional life to live in the, then, wilds of Trempealeau County.