Commonly referred to as the Western Upland portion of the state, southwestern Wisconsin’s landscape is marked by deep gorges and steep bluffs cut into the landscape by the Mississippi River and numerous tributaries, thick forest and green bottomland valleys. It is the most rugged topography in the state.
The Mississippi river gorge in this area has a length of more than 200 miles, extending from Prescott to southwestern Grant County, with the river incised more than 500 feet below the level of the upland ridges. Beyond those ridges to the east are valleys that are one to 6.5 miles wide and increase in depth to the south.
You’ll be riding south on WI-35 from Prescott to Genoa on the east side of the Mississippi, making frequent inland excursions over the upland ridges, around hills and through valleys.
WI-35 – “The Great River Road” – is well maintained, but road quality otherwise differs from route to route. On the Alphabet Roads, watch for changing road surfaces, sand and gravel in the corners, blind entrances and hillcrests, slow-moving farm machinery, an abundance of wildlife, and maybe even wayward livestock.
Closest motorcycle service centers include Hitching Post and Fury Motorcycle in South St. Paul, River Valley Power & Sport and Red Wing Motor Sports near Red Wing, and Daniels Yamaha and Harley-Davidson of Winona.
Communities you’ll be traversing include Prescott, Diamond Bluff, Hager City, Warrentown, Maiden Rock, Stockholm, Pepin, Nelson, Alma, Fountain City, Dodge, Holmen, La Crosse, Chaseburg and Genoa.