Protected Land

Our mission is to conserve native and working landscapes. We protect rare plant communities, threatened wildlife species, scenic beauty and opportunities for carrying out sustainable agriculture. We provide opportunities for people to get outdoors, connect with nature and develop healthy habits of good exercise.

Over the years, we’ve protected many of the best features of the southwestern Wisconsin landscape, including scenic bluffs, the last remaining piece of native prairie on the La Crosse Terrace, top-notch cold-water trout streams and various archeological resources.

Nature preserves

We are pleased to open up thousands of acres of recreational land to the public. Our land protection work preserves scenic beauty, protects wildlife habitat and provides opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, hunting, fishing, biking, and nature photography. We encourage public use, but we ask that our recreational use policy be followed as well as all state laws, local ordinances and our hunting guidelines. When visiting our protected lands, please also be careful to avoid trespassing on the lands of neighboring property owners.

Buffalo County
Land Type
Nature Preserve
Protected
Stanley A. Ledebuhr, a retired Winona teacher, donated a 20-acre, Buffalo County bluff directly across the river from Winona to Mississippi Valley Conservancy in 2008.
La Crosse County
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Nature Preserve
Protected
Apple Valley Bluff consists of 20 acres of Mississippi River Blufflands east of the Mississippi River in the Township of Onalaska, east of County Road SN.
Grant County
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Nature Preserve
Protected
Borah Creek Prairie includes 138-acres of scenic remnant prairie, a rare glimpse into the rolling grasslands that were prevalent throughout the area 200 years ago.
Grant County
Land Type
Nature Preserve
Protected
Boscobel Bluffs is a scenic 389-acre property in Grant County overlooking the City of Boscobel.
Crawford County
Land Type
Nature Preserve
The Cardinal Bluff nature preserve is 14 acres of scenic bluffland, located within the village limits of De Soto, WI in Crawford County.
Grant County
Land Type
Nature Preserve
Protected
This 244-acre bluffland farm had served as a nature retreat for the Roe family for over 50 years.
Grant County
Land Type
Nature Preserve
Protected
Devil’s Backbone State Natural Area includes 126 acres of diverse Mississippi River blufflands.
Vernon County
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Nature Preserve
Protected
Eagle Eye State Natural Area is a 70-acre tract of land within the Cade Archaeological District.
La Crosse County
Land Type
Nature Preserve
Protected
74 acres along Fish Creek near the town of Bangor was donated from the TOLD Development Corporation.
La Crosse County
Land Type
Hike to Wellness
Nature Preserve
Protected
The Greens Coulee nature preserve includes 81 acres protected by MVC adjacent to the City of Onalaska’s Greens Coulee Park.
La Crosse County
Land Type
Hike to Wellness
Nature Preserve
Protected
The Holland Sand Prairie sits atop an expansive Mississippi River Terrace, created about 12,000 years ago during the last ice-age, that stretches nearly 30 miles from south La Crosse to…
Crawford County
Land Type
Nature Preserve
Protected
The Kickapoo Bottoms Property is an 85-acre tract of land along the Kickapoo River and adjacent to the Crawford County Fairgrounds.
La Crosse County
Land Type
Hike to Wellness
Nature Preserve
Protected
Mississippi Valley Conservancy has a unique and visionary partnership with the City of La Crosse in the form of the La Crosse Bluffland Protection Program.
La Crosse County
Land Type
Hike to Wellness
Nature Preserve
Protected
The La Crosse River Conservancy project is located in the La Crosse River valley east of Highway 16 and south of Interstate 90 along the La Crosse River State Trail.
La Crosse County
Land Type
Hike to Wellness
Nature Preserve
Protected
The 310-acre site in La Crosse County is significant in size to birds for maintaining viable nesting grounds.
Vernon County
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Nature Preserve
Protected
Romance Woods includes 35 acres of scenic, diverse oak woodlands, rocky dolomite outcrops and an ephemeral stream.
Crawford County
Land Type
Hike to Wellness
Nature Preserve
Protected
On the banks of Sugar Creek near the Mississippi River in Crawford County, lies Sugar Creek Bluff, a 440-acre bluffland preserve.
Trempealeau County
Land Type
Hike to Wellness
Nature Preserve
Protected
The property is located south of State Highway 35 and the Great River State Trail, and is accessible from Lake Road, Pickerel Road, and Bass Road.
Vernon County
Land Type
Hike to Wellness
Nature Preserve
Protected
Along the east branch of the Kickapoo River in Vernon County sit multiple spectacular MVC-protected properties, including Tunnelville Cliffs State Natural Area and the adjacent Kings Point Farm Tract.
Jackson County
Land Type
Nature Preserve
Protected
Water’s Edge Woods is MVC’s first nature preserve in Jackson County, the result of a donation from Gil and Jon Homstad and a partnership with the Friends of the Black…