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Sidie Hollow Park to Host Viroqua High School Cross Country Meet 9/1/20
Notice to Campers and Hikers

 Viroqua, WIS. ­–
Sidie Hollow Park will host the Viroqua High School Cross Country Triangular Meet on Tuesday, Sept 1 with varsity boys at 5:30 p.m., JV boys at 5:35 p.m., varsity girls at 6:15 p.m. and JV Girls at 6:20 p.m.
“We’re excited to host such a wonderful outdoor event at our park,” said Martin Kennedy, Vernon County Parks Administrator. “We’ve let attendees know that there will be campers at some of the sites along with hikers on the trails, and we are confident that athletes and spectators will be considerate of those recreating in the park.”

The meet will begin at the North Shelter of Sidie Hollow Park, continue through the Lake Trail and end back at the North Shelter. The park is expecting athletes, busses and spectators for the 3.1-mile event and advises that those attending park vehicles along the shoulder of the north park entrance road and walk in to watch.

Contact: Martin Kennedy: Parks Administrator
Vernon County Land & Water Conservation 608-637-5485


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CAMPING UPDATE (as of May 26) at Sidie Hollow County Park and Esofea County Park.
Reservations require a two night minimum.
Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and practice responsible recreation: bring your own hand sanitizer/disinfecting wipes and physically distance yourself from other users.We have taken more measures to clean our Campground Bathrooms at the Sidie Hollow and Esofea. 
The Bathrooms are NOT open at our other parks, like Jersey Valley or Duck Egg that have hiking, etc.
Thank you for recreating responsibly at our Vernon County Parks!
Any questions, please call (608) 637- 5480 or email or

The Vernon County Park System is truly one which all county residents can be proud of, as it provides us with quality leisure opportunities. Our Parks and Forests Division of the Land and Water Conservation Department manages and maintains over 1,800 acres of park land and forest land, containing more than 31 miles of multi-use trail offering a multitude of leisure time pursuits.

Popular activities within the Vernon County Parks System include camping, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking or visiting one of our fabulous scenic overlooks.

Vernon County is located in the "Driftless Area" of southwest Wisconsin. The city of Viroqua, located approximately 35 miles southeast of La Crosse, is the county seat.

The Driftless Area or Paleozoic Plateau is a region in the American Midwest noted mainly for its deeply carved river valleys. While primarily in southwest Wisconsin, the Driftless Area includes areas of southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and northwest Illinois.

The glaciers that covered much of the Midwest bypassed the Driftless Area, giving rivers time to cut down into ancient bedrock and create distinctive landforms. Many of the soils that cover the steep slopes are fragile, ecosystems are diverse, and most of the cold-water streams and rivers are recognized on a state and national basis for their economic, environmental, and recreational importance.

Tree Plantation at Kooyumjian - Lost Creek

Vernon County's Parks & Forests take full advantage of the area's rugged landscapes. Sidie Hollow Park, Jersey Valley Park, and Runge Hollow Recreation Area include relatively small lakes in valleys with steep, forested hillsides surrounding them. Duck Egg and Kooyumjian-Lost Creek are county forest properties offering natural scenic vistas, public fishing and hunting, and several miles of hiking trails. Equestrian trails are also present at Duck Egg. Esofea/Rentz Memorial Park is conveniently located about six miles from each the communities of Viroqua and Westby. It is a combination Park & Forest property, with a trout stream, a cold-water spring fishing pond, campsites, a picnic shelter, playground, a ball field and 3 miles of great hiking trail. Blackhawk Park is a 2-acre tract of land along the Mississippi River north of De Soto. There is a boat launch, boat slips for rent, and a concession and bait store on 500’ of Mississippi River shoreline.