The Greens Coulee nature preserve includes 81 acres protected by MVC adjacent to the City of Onalaska’s Greens Coulee Park. This protected bluff land above Onalaska occurred in two acquisitions, the 51 acre Savanna Oaks Tract in December of 2009 and the 30-acre Elmwood Partners Tract in December of 2010. The property is partly in the city and partly in the Town of Onalaska. These acquisitions were made under a cooperative agreement between the City of Onalaska and the Conservancy.
The land is managed as natural habitat and is part of the larger city Greenway Project with a connection to the Greens Coulee Park bluff. Hiking and other non-motorized uses such as cross country skiing and bird watching are encouraged.
The bluff property allows visitors a chance to explore a unique landscape that would have been prevalent hundreds of years ago. It features bluff prairie and oak savanna that have become increasingly rare due to development, mining, and agriculture. Species of interest that thrive on this property include the Death Camas of the Lily family, along with the lovely Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchid. Visitors will enjoy the sweeping views of the Mississippi River Valley from the bluff tops, the mushroom rock formations, and diverse wildlife habitat.
In addition to activities such as skiing, hiking, and bird watching, hunting is allowed according to City and Town ordinance. Interested hunters may contact the City Parks Department at 608-781-9560 for that portion of the land within City limits, and the Township at 608-783-4958 for that portion of the land within the Town of Onalaska.
The area is available for public use.
Directions: Head north out of Onalaska, WI on US53. Take the Main St. exit and turn right onto E. Main St.. Take the first left onto Greens Coulee Rd. and approxiamately 1 mile turn right onto Clifford Dr. Kiosk is at end of Cul-de-sac.
Click here for a map of the Greens Coulee area.