“We’ve been coming here for years! Best sunsets and family time!!!”

 Jessica Riccardi
  

Things To Do


There are lots of things to do in Buffalo City and the surrounding area. Get out and explore!

Attractions Attractions


The National Eagle Center.
Located 18.8 miles north of the cabins, the Eagle Center is a world-class interpretive center located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN. Experience eagles up close! Check out their Eagle Watch Cam.

Prairie Moon Sculpture Gardens. Located 4.9 miles south of the cabins, the gardens include close to 40 concrete, stone and rock sculptures crafted by self-taught artist Herman Rusch. The gardens are a preservation project of the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

Lark Toys. Located 25 miles north of the cabins in Kellogg, Minnesota, has a toystore, artist-crafted carousel, mini-golf, a cafe, and llamas.

Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Located 7.6 miles south of the cabins, this dirt track racing track is open Friday evenings.

Castlerock Museum. Located 6.9 miles north of the cabins, this arms and armor museum has exhibits from many points in European history.

Kinstone. Located 17.9 miles south of the cabins in Fountain City, Kinstone’s 30-acre property includes stone sculptures, natural buildings, restored native prairie, oak savanna and spectacular views over the Mississippi River.

Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum. Located 13 miles south of the cabins, Elmer’s has more than 100 muscle, antique, classic cars and trucks, as well as hundreds of pedal cars, and thousands of antique toys and tools.  Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in the country. Family-owned and operated since 1994, Elmer’s Museum is located on Eagle Bluff, which is the highest point along the Mississippi River.

Mississippi Lock & Dam #4 Observation Platform. Located 7 miles north of the cabins, this observation platform is above the railroad track with views of boats and barges entering and existing the lock and dam. Even better is when a train whistles by underneath you!

Buena Vista Park. Located 8.5 miles north of the cabins on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, this city park has spectacular views of the Mississippi River Lock & Dam #4 and the main channel and backwaters of the river as well as the quaint small town of Alma.

Minnesota Marine Art Museum. MMAM, located 20 miles south of the cabins in Winona, Minnesota, is home to some of the most unique and significant marine artworks in the Midwest. The initial collections consisted of a substantial collection of traditional marine paintings and an equally large collection of folk art by popular regional artists Leo and Marilyn Smith from Fountain City, Wisconsin. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more 

  • Prairie Moon Sculpture Gardens
  • Prairie Moon Sculpture Gardens
  • Prairie Moon Sculpture Gardens
  • Buena Vista Park
  • Buena Vista Park
  • Kinstone Circle Equinox Sky

  • National Eagle Center
  • Lock and Dam 4 Observation Platform
  • Lock and Dam 4 Observation Platform

 ATV Trails


Snake Creek Trail. 
Located in the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest, the Snake Creek Trail stretches 13 miles through bluff country in southeastern Minnesota. This wooded trail climbs 300 feet along the Snake Creek Valley with stunning scenic overlooks. Learn more

Buffalo River State Trail. This trail, which runs 36 miles between Mondovi and Fairchild, WI, is open to ATVs and UTVs year-round. It is built on a former railroad corridor and passes by farmland, woods, hills, and wetlands. Learn more

  • ATVs

 Biking Trails


Great River Road.
Steps from the front of the Big River Escape property, you can ride River Road to the south 5 miles to Mississippi River Lock & Dam #5. This is a paved road for 3 miles and then a gravel road for 2. The entire route is a 10 mile loop. Access to the gravel-paved dam road is through a path located to the right of the boat landing parking lot.

Flyway Trail. This trail starts at the Hwy 43 Old Wagon Bridge in Winona, MN and goes to the Town of Buffalo Park in Bluff Siding, WI. This trail will eventually run to Alma, WI, which is 7.3 miles north of Buffalo City. Learn more about the Flyway Trail.

Brone’s Bike Shop. Located 12 miles south of the cabins.

  • Biking on Lock & Dam 5 Road
  • Lock & Dam #5 Dam Road
  • Lock & Dam #5 Dam Road
  • Lock & Dam #5 Dam Road
  • Lock & Dam #5 Dam Road
  • Biking on Great River Road

Bird Watching Bird Watching

Goose Lake Park. Located 2 miles south of the cabins in Cochrane, you can watch hundreds of Canadian Geese on this small park pond.

Mississippi River. Look no further than the river in front of the cabins to see eagles, cranes, pelicans, swans, geese, and more. Bring your binoculars!

Rieck’s Lake Park. Located 9.4 miles north of the cabins, Rieck’s Lake Park provides a wildlife observation platform, camping, picnic area, restrooms and ball diamond. Famous for its Tundra Swan Watch, the park hold swans as they pass through on their annual migration from northern Canada and Alaska. Large concentrations arrive mid-October and linger until November or freeze-up. Peak population reaches 6,000.

Big Swamp Wildlife Area. This 796-acre property in Buffalo County is 5 miles west of Mondovi south of Highway 10. Currently access is only available from County Highway A on the south side of the property. It is located 31 miles from the cabins. The property consists of upland hardwoods and marsh. You can use this property to go birding, cross-country skiing (no designated trail), hiking (no designated trail), hunting (rabbits, squirrel, deer), trapping, wild edibles/gathering, and viewing wildlife. 

  • Tundra Swan
  • Twin Eagles
  • Eagle in flight

 Boat Landings


Buffalo City boasts 4 boat landings.

10th Street Boat Landing. Located a half mile south on River Road, this landing has a dock and parking area. 

South Spring Lake. Located 3 miles south of the cabins on River Road all the way to the end, this landing is for smaller fishing boats. No dock. Has a parking area. 

North Spring Lake. Located 2.5 miles south of the cabins on River Road just past County Rd OO, this landing is for smaller fishing boats. No dock. Has a parking area. 

Belvidere Slough Public Access. Just under 2 miles miles north of the cabins on River Road, this landing as a dock and large paved parking area.  

Other boat landings in the area:

Great River Harbor. Located 4.1 miles north of the cabins. Take River Road to Hwy 35 N. This landing has an off channel dock for larger boats. $7 to launch. Gas pumps.

Alma Marina. Located 8.6 miles north of the cabins, this public boat landing has an off channel dock for larger boats. It also has a dock, pump out facility and ship store with boating supplies, water, pop, candy and ice. 

To view current river conditions in the area, including river level and flow, view the hydrograph on the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service page. 

  • Buffalo City Boat Landing
  • Belvidere Boat Landing
  • Belvidere Slough Public Access Boat Landing

Boating icon Boat Rentals


Great River Harbor Campground and Marina.
Located 3.6 miles north of the cabins, Great River Harbor offers pontoon rentals.

  • Full-day: $220 weekend, $180 mid-week
  • Half-day: $220 weekend, $150 midweek

Call (608) 248-2454.

Alma Marina. Located 8.6 miles north of the cabins, Alma Marina offers 14-person and 9-person pontoon rentals.

  • 14-person: Full-day $225, Half-day $200, $275 weekends/holidays
  • 9 person: Full-day $200, Half-day $175, $250 weekends/holidays

Call (608) 685-3333.

 

  • Pontoon Rentals

 Fishing


Buffalo City.
Go no further than steps from the front of your cabin to fish on the Mississippi River. Use the Big River Escape dock or take your boat out on the river.

The Great Alma Fishing Float. Located next to Lock & Dam #4 in Alma, 6.8 miles north of the cabins, you can fish all day on the float for $20. They also serve pizza, snacks, and deli sandwiches.

  • Fishing from the dock
  • Fishing from the dock
  • Guests fishing on the river
  • Guests fishing on the river
  • Guests fishing on the river

 Gas, Snacks & Drinks, Ice


B&S Express.
This gas station and convenience store is .7 miles south of the cabins. They sell gas, snacks, ice, selected grocery items, beer and liquor, and have the BEST soft serve ice cream you will ever eat. Try the raspberry chocolate chunk!

River Ratz Saloon. Just two blocks south, this bar and restaurant sells ice and carry out beer.

Dollar General. Take River Road south to 10th Street, turn left and then left on N. Main Street. 

  • Snacks, Drinks, Ice

 Gift Shops & Antiques


Buffalo City

Ye Old Schoolhouse Shoppe
8th and Humboldt Street

Alma, Wisconsin

Alma, 6.8 miles north of the cabins, has 18 gift shops and galleries offering orginal artwork, pottery, jewelry, textiles and more. Here are some of the most unique:

Gypsy Wagon Curiosity & Shop
307 N. Main Street

Mississippi River Pearl Jewelry, Co.
125 N. Main Street

Lone Pine Antiques
S1401 Spring Creek Road

Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center
110 N. Main Street

Water Lily Gifts
111 N. Main Street

Alma Blooms
105 N. Main Street

Fountain City

Located 11.3 miles south of the cabins.

The Cat-Tail
32 S. Main Street

  • Wings Over Alma

Golfing icon Golfing


The Grove.
This 18-hole public golf course is nestled in the bluffs near Cochrane, Wisconsin just 2.7 miles from the cabins. Its varied course offers challenges to beginners and advanced players.

  • The Grove Golf Course

Hiking Hiking Trails


Buena Vista Hiking Trail.
This wide groomed trail begins at Hwy 35 in Alma and goes to the Buena Vista Overlook where you experience a spectacular view of the Mississippi River main channel, backwaters, the City of Alma, and Mississippi River Lock & Dam #4. The view is worth the hike!

  • Moderate hike. 30 minutes to the top. 45-minute round trip.
  • Clothing: close-toed shoes. No long pants required.
  • Four benches for rests along the route.

Directions: Go north on River Road and turn left on Hwy 35. Park by side street north of Alma Hotel (no street name) and climb steps to Second Street. Turn right and then left on Elm Street. Turn right at end of block and follow signs to base of hiking trail.

Mossy Hollow Trail. This 12 mile trail up the bluff starts at the Alma Cemetery.

Big Swamp Wildlife Area. This 796-acre property in Buffalo County is 5 miles west of Mondovi south of Highway 10. Currently access is only available from County Highway A on the south side of the property. It is located 31 miles from the cabins. The property consists of upland hardwoods and marsh. You can use this property to go birding, cross-country skiing (no designated trail), hiking (no designated trail), hunting (rabbits, squirrel, deer), trapping, wild edibles/gathering, and viewing wildlife.

  • Buena Vista Park
  • Buena Vista Park
  • Buena Vista Hiking Trail Top
  • Buena Vista Hiking Trail Base

Hunting Hunting


Buffalo County Public Hunting Land.
Buffalo County offers an abundant amount of public hunting land. Click here to download the Buffalo County Public Hunting Land map. Visit the Wisconsin DNR website to download a document detailing hunting seasons dates. Where to purchase hunting licenses. View Wisconsin DNR Hunting Regulations.

Big Swamp Wildlife Area.
This 796-acre property in Buffalo County is 5 miles west of Mondovi south of Highway 10. Currently access is only available from County Highway A on the south side of the property. It is located 31 miles from the cabins. The property consists of upland hardwoods and marsh. You can use this property to go birding, cross-country skiing (no designated trail), hiking (no designated trail), hunting (rabbits, squirrel, deer), trapping, wild edibles/gathering, and viewing wildlife.

  • Deer Hunting
  • Deer Hunting 2
  • Turkey Hunting
  • Bow hunting
  • Duck Hunting

 Ice Fishing


There are lots of places to go ice fishing
from Merrick State Park in Fountain City, to Spring Lake in Buffalo City, to Alma, Wisconsin.

Here’s an article from the Winona Daily News about ice fishing in Buffalo City.

Here’s an article from An Outdoorsman’s Journal about ice fishing on Spring Lake in Buffalo City.

  • Ice Fishing on Mississippi River in Buffalo City, WI

Parks Parks


Buffalo City Park.
This park has climbing equipment, slides and handicapped-accessible swings. It also has two pavilions and a tennis court.

Merrick State Park. Located 9.3 miles south of the cabins, Merrick State Park is a 322-acre Wisconsin state park on the Mississippi River. The park is bordered by the lands and waters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. This is a great place to bike, fish, boat, kayak and canoe.

Foelsch Riverside Nature Park. Located 2 miles south of the cabins on the corner of S. River Rd & County Road “OO”, this park is a 10-acre stretch of woodland along the Mississippi River that includes walking trails.

Goose Lake Memorial Park. Located 2 miles south of the cabins in Cochrane, you can watch hundreds of Canadian Geese on this small park pond.

  • Buffalo City Park
  • Merrick State Park

Beer, Wine Restaurants


Suncrest Gardens Farm.
 Suncrest Gardens Farm in Yaeger Valley, 7.7 miles from the cabins, offers an outdoor picnic dining experience and delicious wood-fired pizzas. It is a family-friendly place with a playground, games, and live music. You need to bring your own chairs/picnic blanket and plates/silverware. Drinks can be purchased on site.

The Stone Barn. Located 22.5 miles from the cabins, Stone Barn offers outdoor dining and wood-fired pizza. Visit their shop or play yard games while your pizza is cooked to order.

River Ratz Saloon. Three blocks south of the cabins, this bar/restaurant serves Friday Fish Fry, burgers, wraps, chicken sandwiches, and more. Pizzas are served on Sunday. Try the jalepeno cheese curds with raspberry dipping sauce! 

The Monarch Public House. This bar/restaurant located in Fountain City, 11.3 miles south of the cabins, has its own micro brew, Fountain Brew.

North End Pub. Located in Cochrane, two miles from the cabins, this bar/restaurant serves Friday Fish Fry, burgers, chicken sandwiches, pizza, and more. Their cheesburger pizza is topped with french fries!

J & J BBQ. Located 15.5 miles north of the cabins in Nelson, J &J serves great ribs, awesome pulled port, delicious grilled chicken, and mouth-watering brisket. Try the jalapeno mac n’ cheese. The attached Grandpa’s Saloon & Grill serves Bloody Mary’s, smoked wings, and craft beer.

Nelson Cheese Factory. Located 15.3 miles north of the cabins in Nelson, the Cheese Factory serves fresh deli subs and pizza. It also sells cheese and has a wine room. Outdoor seating on the patio. Leave room for a scoop of ice cream.

Bucknuckles. Located 15.4 miles from the cabins, this unique bar/restaurant has an eclectic mix of decor worth the drive to see.

Vino Over the Valley. This unique open-air restaurant is located 23.5 miles from the cabins on a scenic drive over the bluffs. They serve Italian cuisine and wine overlooking a spectacular view of the Doelle Valley. 

Alfresco Pizzaria. Located 7 miles north of the cabins, Alfresco serves, well, pizzas. 

Alma Bakery. Located 7 miles north of the cabins, this is a full service bakery offering bread, muffins, cakes, cookies, sweet rolls, pies, and donuts.

Wing Dam Saloon & Grill. Located 11 miles south of the cabins in Fountain City, this bar/restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has an outdoor patio with a view of the Mississippi River. 

Golden Frog Restaurant. Located 11 miles south of the cabins in Fountain City, this bar/restaurant serves burgers, tips, salads, pizza…and frog legs.

World Cup Coffee. Located 11 miles south of the cabins in Fountain City next to Brone’s Bike Shop, World Cup serves seasonal coffees, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, crepes, and ice cream (March-Oct).

Brian’s New Moon. Located 10.5 miles north of the cabins, Brian’s serves burgers, sandwiches, and broasted fish and shimp.

Lil’s Cochrane Inn. This bar 2 miles from the cabins has comfortable seating groups, games, Bingo, and weekly meat raffles.

  • Cheeseburger Pizza North End
  • Cheeseburger Wrap River Ratz
  • Jalapeño Cheese Curds River Ratz
  • Alfresco Pizzaria
  • Alma Bakery

 Skiing Skiing & Snowboarding


Coffee Mill Ski Area.
Named after a historic navigational point along the mighty Mississippi, Coffee Mill. located in Wabasha, Minnesota 20 miles north of the cabins, offers the best of coulee skiing/snowboarding with a unique “bowl” arrangement for convenient lift accessibility and protection from cold winter winds. Extra long slopes combined with high capacity chairs provide a skiing experience second to none. From the gentle slopes of Chippewa to the radical pitch of O’Chute, each run is obscured from the next by an abundant growth of birch, oaks, and pines. Modern snowmaking and daily grooming ensure great snow throughout the season.

  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Snowmobiling Snowmobile Trails


A snowmobile trail route
runs directly through Buffalo City.  State trail passes are required for both residents and non-residents. Click here for a printable mapView snowmobile conditions

  • Snowmobiling trails

Swimming Swimming


Scenic Valley Swimming Pool.
This public pool is located in Cochrane, Wisconsin, just 1.6 miles from the cabins. Learn more

Alma Marina Beach. This full-service marina with boat launch also has a swimming beach, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, and a baseball field. It is located 9.1 miles north of the cabins off Hwy 35.

  • Alma Marina Beach
  • Alma Marina Beach
  • Scenic Valley Swimming Pool

Beer, Wine Wineries/Craft Beer

 

Wine Tour anyone?

 Danzinger Vineyards. Perched atop the Alma Bluffs in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, 8 miles north of the cabins, Danzinger Vineyards is on 18 acres overlooking the Mississippi River. Take in the view while enjoying a glass of wine on the patio.

Seven Hawks Vineyards. Located 11 miles south of the cabins in downtown Fountain City, Seven Hawks’ tasting room is in a beautifully renovated architectural building.

Villa Bellezza. Located 24 miles north of the cabins in Pepin, this vineyard and restaurant is right out of Italy, with its Italian-style buildings, piazza, and Italian pizzas and pasta. And wine!

Elmaro Vineyard. Located 25 miles south of the cabins in Trempealeau, Elmaro offers wine tastings and a large patio for wine drinking and charcuterie.

Craft Beer Enthusiasts

The Monarch Public House. This bar/restaurant located in Fountain City, 11 miles south of the cabins, has its own micro brew, Fountain Brew.

Grandpa’s Saloon & Grill. Located 15.5 miles north of the cabins in Nelson, Grandpa’s Saloon & Grill serves a rotating selection of craft beer.

  • Villa Belleza
  • Elmaro Vineyard
  • SevenHawksVineyard

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On-Site Amenities

Explore the river on your kayak, canoe, or paddle board. Bike a 10-mile trail loop on the Great River Road. Use one of our grills to prepare dinner and eat under the pavilion with a view of the river and the spectacular sunsets, and then toast a stack of s'mores around the campfire.

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Wings Over Alma

Things to Do

Venture out a few miles to experience unique gift shops and restaurants in the small towns to the north and south of Buffalo City.

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