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Coulee Experimental State Forest
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Kevin Schilling
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3550 Mormon Coulee Road
La Crosse, WI 54601
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Wisconsin State Parks and ForestsCoulee Experimental State Forest

Coulee Experimental State Forest

The Coulee Experimental State Forest is a unique property in Wisconsin. It was purchased by the state to provide land for long-term research studies to investigate forest watershed problems and develop forest and land management practices designed to reduce water problems and improve forest yields. The forest is also managed for forest production, wildlife habitat and recreation.

Property info

The forest is characteristic of southwestern Wisconsin's Driftless Area, the unglaciated portions. The name Coulee comes from an old French word meaning ravine. The name accurately describes the area, as the forest has many of these deep gulches or ravines formed by water erosion.

Location

The Coulee Experimental State Forest is located approximately 15 miles east of La Crosse in La Crosse County.

The forest has two parking areas. To access the eastern parking lot and ski trailhead, from Bangor take Hwy. 162 south to County Road II. Turn right on the forest road at the top of the hill. The parking area is at the end of the road. To reach the western side parking lot, take Hwy. 33 east from La Crosse, then north on County Road M. Turn right on Russlan Coulee Road, just east of Barre Mills. Parking areas are at the end of the road.

Fees

Unlike other state forests, visitors do not need to purchase a vehicle entrance sticker or trail use pass. However, hunting licenses fees do apply.

Maps and pubs

Property maps

Trail map

Management and business

Coulee Experimental State Forest master plan

Completed in fall of 2010, the state forest master plan reflects years of planning and public input. The final plan, maps, variances and amendments are included in the plan, as well as documents used during the plan's development.

Annual Work Plan for 2016

The Coulee Experimental State Forest has released its annual work plan for 2016. Please feel free to review the plan and if interested provide comments by April 1st. Directions on how to comment are provided in the last page of the work plan.

Public involvement

Public involvement in state forest management, operations and monitoring is part of sustainable forestry. We seek public involvement because we believe people, communities, organizations and businesses realize the potential public benefits of state forests and are willing to work to further the goals of sustainable forestry.

Last revised: Friday June 16 2017