Southern Wisconsin River Valley

The Southern Wisconsin River Valley is a region of five counties in extreme Southwest Wisconsin along the Wisconsin River. Comprised mostly of rural communities, the area is part of the greater Driftless Area and is noted for its natural beauty and small town charm. The region includes the entirety of Lafayette, Iowa, Grant, Richland and Crawford Counties.


Major cities in the region include:

Other destinations


The Southern Wisconsin River Valley was home to some of the earliest French trading settlements in the area. As the area's economic activity increased, it became increasingly important and developed. It is one of Wisconsin's oldest and most historic areas and has a long been associated with many aspects of Wisconsin's progressive movement. Belmont, now a small community in Lafayette County, was the original territorial capitol of Wisconsin.

Get in

The Valley is one of the more remote areas of Wisconsin, but it does have some major entry ways. Much of the area is immediately accessible from US 151 (from Madison or Dubuque) or US 18 (from Madison or Northeast Iowa). WI 35 serves as a north-south route connecting the area to La Crosse and Galena.

Get around

Many of the same routes that get you into the Valley are the same that connect the cities and destinations in the area. A brief guide to travel by car in the Valley:


Stay safe

The Southern Wisconsin River Valley is possibly the safest region in Wisconsin in terms of violent crime. However, the terrain can be difficult to travel on during adverse weather.

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