Devil's Backbone / Chase Creek Bluff
Devil’s Backbone State Natural Area includes 126 acres of diverse Mississippi River blufflands. A steep hike up the face of the bluff will take you to the ridgetop and incredible scenic views of the Mississippi River corridor. It was permanently protected by MVC in 2007 and was designated a State Natural Area by the DNR.
The site is unusual in that there is nothing but a narrow gravel road and railroad tracks between it and the Mississippi River. Consequently, it's a wild and peaceful spot. In addition to beautiful shooting star flowers, the property provides habitat for rare snails.
A small, old cabin exists on the property.
The land is adjacent to Chase Creek and can be accessed from Dugway Road off of CTH "A" south of Bagley and north of Glen Haven, WI.
Directions: From La Crosse follow HWY 35 south passed Prairie Du Chien to US-18. Continue on US-18 for .5 miles across the Wisconsin River then turn right/west onto County rd C and left/south onto County rd X then turn right onto County rd P towards Bagley. From just outside of Bagley take County rd A to Doug way rd. Continue on Dougway road for 3 miles to address 13212 Dougway rd. Parking is on the left.
Click here for a map of Devil's Backbone State Natural Area.