Prairie du Chien is located in Crawford County on the western edge of Wisconsin. With its strategic location on the Mississippi River just above where the Wisconsin River empties into the Mississippi, it has been highly valued by the British, the French and, of course, the Americans.
Established in the late seventeenth century, it is considered the oldest European settlement on the Upper Mississippi River. In its earlier days a trading post was established in Prairie du Chien to accommodate the fur trade.
Today Prairie du Chien offers a multitude of recreational activities from fabulous sport fishing on the Mississippi and its tributaries and sloughs to bird watching and horseback riding.
Golfing, biking, hiking, snowmobiling and cross country skiing are all close at hand in and around Prairie du Chien. The views of the Mississippi from St. Feriole Island Park paint a beautiful picture of the river and showcase the state of Iowa in the distance.
Remnants of the fur trading industry can still be found within the city in the Fur Trade Museum. The museum can be found on the St. Feriole Island Park and features many different exhibits. Visitors can see artifacts such as military uniforms and a fur trader’s desk, the making of a standard birch canoe from back in the day, and a replica of an actual fur trading store.
Those who enjoy both nature and history will love Prairie du Chien. Plan a visit today and see why residents continue to stay in beautiful Prairie du Chien.