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Coulee Experimental State ForestActivities and recreation

The Coulee Experimental State Forest consists of about 3,000 acres of public land open for hunting, cross-country skiing, hiking and horseback riding. No biking, camping or campfires are permitted on this property.

Cross-Country Skiing Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing has been a popular recreational use on the property for many years. Local volunteers groom 12 miles of trail on the property.

Hiking  Wildlife viewing Hiking & wildlife viewing

The 12-mile ski trail can be used for hiking when not snow covered. The primitive forest roads are also open to several day use activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, wildlife viewing and nature study.

Horse Horseback riding

The forest provides some equestrian riding opportunities. While no trails have been designated for riding, all primitive roads are open to the activity unless posted closed. Horseback riding is prohibited in Native Community Management Areas and on the ski trails when snow covered.

Hunting Hunting

The Coulee Experimental State Forest provides one of the few large, public upland forests in La Cross County suitable for hunting a variety of species. All hunting regulations apply.

Primary game species include deer, ruffed grouse, squirrels, turkeys and rabbits. The forest is within Deer Management Unit 59D and Wild Turkey Zone 1. The habitat consists primarily of upland timber and open fields.

Last Revised: Friday March 20 2020