Vernon County

Land & Water Conservation Department

Vernon County Parks & Forests

Vernon County offers four County Parks and Two County Forests. For more information on any of our recreational areas, contact the Vernon County Land and Water Conservation Department at 608-637-5480.

Sidie Hollow County Park is a 520-acre tract of land, located 3 mile west of Viroqua on County Road XX. Sidie Hollow Park offers camping, hiking, picnicking, and fishing.
The 40-acre Sidie Hollow Lake was formed as part of a Flood Control Dam project. The park’s 74 campsites, with 17 full hook-up (Electricity, water, & sewer) sites, are open from April 15 through October 15 each year.
Swans at Sidie Hollow lake in the late fall are a beautiful site.
Jersey Valley County Park is a 370-acre tract of land, located 3 miles north of Westby on County Road X. Jersey Valley Park offers swimming, fishing, boating, hiking and picnicking. It also offers a handicap accessible fishing dock.
Like Sidie Hollow Lake, the 56-acre Jersey Valley lake is part of a Flood Control project. In 2005, Jersey Valley Lake was drawn down so that very little water remained behind the dam. The County hopes to begin refilling the dam in 2008.
Esofea-Rentz Memorial County Park is a 56-acre tract of land and is located 9 miles northwest of Viroqua, just off of County Road B. You can fish in any of the five ponds, or along the North Fork of the Bad Axe River, which borders Esofea Park. This section of the Bad Axe River has had recent trout habitat improvement work done on it.
Esofea Park also has 12 primitive (no electricity) campsites, picnic areas, a soccer field, and hiking trails. The park is open for camping from April 15 through October 15 each year.
Blackhawk County Park is a small 2-acre site, located between DeSoto and Genoa in Wheatland Township just off State Highway 35 on County Road BI. The park is three miles north of De Soto, WI, and 30 miles south of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Blackhawk Park has a public boat launch and a private concession stand.

The county property joins the US Army Corps of Engineers Blackhawk Park directly to the north and right before the federal park entrance. The Corps of Engineers park has a campground that offers 150 campsites and plenty of water-based outdoor recreation.

Runge Hollow Lake, located on County Road "Y" in the Town of Jefferson. The lake has a fishing pier and a boat ramp for public use, and only electric motors are allowed on the lake
The Duck Egg County Forest is a 707-acre tract of land located 10 miles west of Viroqua on Irish Ridge Road, just off of County Road Y. This land is County Forest property primarily used for timber management, but does offer recreational opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, and equestrian trails.
Duck Egg is also the site of a Flood Control Dam capable of storing 1.4 billion gallons of water. (This is how it looks when the inlet gets blocked and water builds up behind the dam)
Some fishing spots along the stream: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
Beaver dams crop up regularly! This is ponded water behind the beaver dam
Tom and Edith Kooyumjian
The Kooyumjian-Lost Creek County Forest is a 120-acre tract of land located on Pine Avenue in Union Township. Pine Avenue, between the towns of Lafarge and Hillsboro, is just off State Highway 82.
The Kooyumjian-Lost Creek Forest, part of our County Forest property, is used primarily for timber management, but also offers public hunting land & hiking trails.
You can find camping rates for our Parks here,
and the Parks Ordinance here.
For more information on any of the County Parks or County Forest properties in Vernon County, please contact the County Parks Administrator at:
Phone:   (608) 637-5485 or through email
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