Introduction to Onalaska, Wisconsin
Onalaska, Wisconsin, in La Crosse county, is 5 miles N of La Crosse, Wisconsin and 117 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota. Part of the surrounding La Crosse metro area, Onalaska is home to some 14,839 residents.
The city of Onalaska was founded by Thomas G. Rowe and John C. Laird in 1851. It originally began as a hub for lumber and other related industries. It is said that the name of the city was inspired by a poem written by Thomas Campbell called "The Pleasures of Hope," which was about an Aleutian fishing village called Oonalaska.
Onalaska and nearby Attractions
- Myrick Park Zoo
- Gumu Bowuguan - Ancient Han Tombs
- La Crosse Doll Museum
- Children’s Museum of La Crosse
- Swarthout Museum
- Forest Hills Golf Course
Things To Do In Onalaska
The Myrick Park Zoo and the Hidden Trails Corn Maze are accessible from Onalaska. Nearby museums include the Children’s Museum of La Crosse, the Swarthout Museum and the La Crosse Doll Museum. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Cedar Creek Country Club. Local festivals include the Legion Community Days and Sunfish Days.
La Crosse Municipal Airport is nearby.
Onalaska Higher Education
Nearby colleges and universities include the Western Wisconsin Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Winona State University and Luther College.