Vernon County

Land & Water Conservation Department

Runoff Risk Advisory

Welcome to the Land and Water Conservation Department in Vernon County, Wisconsin

Contour strips in Vernon County, Wisconsin
Contour strips on a ridge in Vernon County, Wisconsin. Contour strips work
to control erosion on sloped land.

This photograph appeared in the December 1995 issue of the National Geographic© magazine.

Located in southwestern Wisconsin, Vernon County is in the Driftless Area of the upper midwest. This name comes from the fact that the area was unglaciated during the most recent glacial event about 12,000 years ago. Glaciers surrounded but did not pass over this land.

The area abounds in caves and sinkholes and has residual, well-drained soil. As a result, the topography is more rugged than that usually associated with the Midwest.

In addition to unusual and beautiful scenery, Vernon County, in the heart of the driftless region, is home to some of the best trout fishing in the United States. Years of work with landowners and farmers to reduce erosion that contributed sediment to our spring-fed streams has resulted in more quality fishing opportunities.

The Land and Water Conservation Department, working in cooperation with a wide range of local, state and national groups, continues to be actively involved in numerous conservation-related efforts. Look around our website and contact us if you have any questions.

Mailing Address:

Land & Water Conservation Department 
220 Airport Road
Viroqua, WI 54665

Contact Information:

Phone: (608) 637-5480 (LWCD main number) 
Fax: (608) 638-8322

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