Travel down the glorious National Great River Road, on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River (Hwy 35) to some of the most colorful scenery in the Mississippi Valley. Trempealeau boasts all of the greenery of spring, the blaze of autumn, and the undisturbed snowy slopes of winter.
Trempealeau, “Gateway to Perrot State Park” welcomes you to a family vacationland on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Trempealeau, which means “Mountain Soaking in Water” was the name given by the Native Americans and the French explorers to beautiful Trempealeau Mountain in the bay at scenic Perrot State Park. When the village was founded in 1851, it was called Reed’s Landing, but soon renamed after Trempealeau Mountain. The opening of river traffic in 1857 brought hope of expansion to the village with new people coming to the area and construction booming. You can view a variety of boats, barges and scenery from the observation tower of Lock and Dam 6, located close to downtown Trempealeau. Although the railroad was completed in 1871, Trempealeau did not retain its importance as a shipping point. Recently renovated, main street now features gas light style lamps and paver-style-walkways to augment the period architecture.
The village offers an Olympic-size swimming pool open to the public. Swimming and water sports are also available on the Mississippi River. The Main Street Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.
Trempealeau offers several bicycling routes that will appeal to all types of riders. Seven days – Seven Trails – whether you ride them all on your first visit or ride them one at a time for multiple visits, you won’t be disappointed. The routes range from 10 to 40 miles long. Every day will be a new experience. There are box lunches, refreshments, picnic areas and bathroom facilities located along the routes. The Chamber of Commerce offers an annual Spring Bicycle Tour with a 10-mile fun ride and 25 or 50 mile tours. Trempealeau can also be your starting point to enjoy more than 100 miles of Western Wisconsin’s State Bicycle Trail corridor which includes the LaCrosse River, Elroy-Sparta and the “400” State Trails to the south. The Great River has never been explored in such a way, so close to nature and an easy to follow corridor.
Sponsored by the Trempealeau Lions Club, with the help of many local volunteers, is their Annual Catfish Days. Catfish Days is usually held the weekend after the 4th of July. Festivities begin Friday night, followed by a weekend of arts and crafts, flea market, fishing tournament, kids games, live music, dancing, kiddie parade, beer tent and plenty of B-B-Qued chicken, brats, hot dogs, and the famous catfish sandwich…supplied by local fishermen.
One of the best parades is held on Sunday which features 120 units of floats, clowns, bands, music, horses and much more. Sunday ends with a beautiful fireworks display on the river front, which can be viewed on the water or on the land.