FOUNTAIN CITY WI
Buffalo County Communities

View Of Fountain City From The Mississippi River
  CHAMBER VISITOR CENTER at WINGS OVER ALMA
110 N Main Street, Alma, Wisconsin 
608-685-3303 | info@almawisconsin.com 


FOUNTAIN CITY, the oldest settlement in Buffalo County dating to 1847.  Located right on Wisconsin's only National Scenic Byway, the Great River Road, you will find Fountain City rich in natural and historic beauty.  Visitors that travel to this historic river town find small town charm and hospitality.  Visit their fun shops, enjoy fantastic dining, take in their unique attractions, enjoy the Mississippi River and make memories. 

One of 33 river towns on the Wisconsin Great River Road, Fountain City is the Southern Gateway to Buffalo County with southern access from La Crosse WI along the Great River Road and western access from Winona MN crossing the Mississippi River via a new interstate bridge.  

Home to the US Army Corps of Engineers, offering them the largest natural harbor on the Mississippi River.  Eagle Bluff is the tallest bluff on the Mississippi River and Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum offers views from this vantage point.  Merrick State Park is just north of Fountain City.  Northern access to the Great River State Trail is just south of Fountain City at Marshland.  

Fountain City is also home to Lock & Dam 5a, part of the Upper Mississippi River system of locks & dams between St Louis, Missouri and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Constructed in the 1930s to improve navigation of the Mississippi River, they created the series of pools & channels you see today.

Visit Fountain City's website at www.fountaincitywisconsin.com. 
1880 Fountain City Birds-Eye View Map

 FOUNTAIN CITY ANNUAL EVENTS


FROZEN DRAGON FESTIVAL
January 21st
Location:  Monarch Public House

WINTER CHICKEN FRY
January 21st
Location:  Hilltop Bar & Ballroom
Sponsor:  Fountain City Lions Club

ST PADRAIG'S WEEKEND
March 17th
Location:  Monarch Public House

SPRING FLING NEW WINE RELEASE
April 8th & 9th, 10am-5pm
Participating Winery:  Seven Hawks Vineyard
Sponsor:  Great River Road Wine Trail

SPRING FLOOD RUN
April 15th

OPENING DAY | Mississippi Thunder Speedway
April 24th

OPENING DAY | Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum
May 13th, Fountain City WI

RHUBARB FESTIVAL
June 3rd, 9am-5pm
Location:  Fountain City Community Park

JUNE BLOOM WINE & FOOD EVENT
June 3rd & 4th, 10am-5pm
Participating Winery:  Seven Hawks Vineyard
Sponsor:  Great River Road Wine Trail

FOUNTAIN CITY DAYS FESTIVAL
June 4th-6th, 10am-5pm
Location:  Fountain City Community Park
Sponsor:  Great River Road Wine Trail

REEBOK RAGNAR GREAT RIVER RELAY
August 18th
Location:  Wisconsin Great River Road
Sponsors:  Reebok & Ragnar Nation

OLD TIME FARMFEST
Labor Day Weekend
Location:  State Hwy 95, East of Fountain City
Sponsor:  Old Time Farmfest Lions

HOLIDAY HARVEST WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
November 11th & 12th, 10am-5pm
Participating Winery:  Seven Hawks Vineyard
Sponsor:  Great River Road Wine Trail

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER
Thanksgiving Day, 11am-2pm
Location:  Cochrane Fountain City School

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW & CRAFT FAIR
December 2nd, 9am-4pm
Location:  Cochrane Fountain City School
Sponsor:  CFC Parent/Teacher Organization

BRUNCH WITH SANTA
December
Location:  St Michael's Assisted Living
BRUNCH WITH SANTA
December
Location:  St Michael's Assisted Living
ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW & CRAFT FAIR
December 2nd, 9am-4pm
Location:  Cochrane Fountain City School
Sponsor:  CFC Parent/Teacher Organization
 FUN IN FOUNTAIN CITY
KINSTONE CIRCLE
KINSTONE CIRCLE & KINSTONE ACADEMY
S3439 Cole Bluff Lane
Fountain City WI 54629

Web: www.kinstonecircle.com
Phone: 608.687.3332

Kinstone is a spectacular megalithic garden and working permaculture site located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in the Driftless Region of Western Wisconsin. This 4th generation family farmland has a stunning array of megalithic features including a large stone circle, labyrinth and standing stones with intentional alignments marking cardinal directions and passing of the seasons.


The thatched, cordwood chapel is a uniquely beautiful place of quiet solitude. Kinstone is loaded with diverse plants and ecosystems with many interactive examples of permaculture techniques and approaches including natural buildings, a pond, acres of oak/hickory woodland, terraces & swales, hundreds of young nut and fruit trees, restored prairie/savanna, food forests, garden beds and more.
MERRICK STATE PARK

MERRICK STATE PARK
S2965 State Highway 35 
Fountain City WI 54629

Web: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/merrick/
Phone: 888.947.2757


River waters are a haven for summer and winter anglers. Nature lovers find endless enjoyment paddling, wildlife watching and hunting. The park offers camping, a nature center, scenic vistas, boating, fishing, canoeing, 3 hiking trails and 2 cross-country ski trails to choose from. River waters offer great fishing for summer and winter anglers.


         Wisconsin State Park Sticker
             Park users must purchase their state park sticker when entering.
             Self-registration stations are available for payment of fees.


The marshy back waters are home for egrets, herons, muskrats and otters. There are 2.5 miles of manicured trails which are easily traveled with very few hills. Two boat landings provide easy launching for all sizes of boats. Canoes can be rented at the office. Shore fishing is very accessible for visitors without watercraft.


Try hiking some of the nature trails along the Mississippi's backwaters or have a picnic near the river. Three miles of hiking trails course through majestic terrain. These ungroomed trails are available in winter for cross-country skiing. One of the trails may be found behind the park's nature center. Boating is a popular recreation at Merrick State Park. Two ramps give access to anglers, boaters and canoeists. Canoes may be rented from the park office.


Merrick State Park's 322 acres are located along the lazy Mississippi River and surrounded by the hills of Wisconsin's Coulee Region and the Driftless Area.  Popular with anglers and boaters.  Home to a variety of fish, birds, animals and plants.  Rising and falling river levels, though controlled some by dams, are part of the natural environment.
EAGLE VALLEY TRAILS
Sleepy Hollow Campground

EAGLE VALLEY TRAILS & SLEEPY HOLLOW CAMPGROUND
W922 Lower Eagle Valley Road 

Fountain City WI 54629


Eagle Valley Trails are located in beautiful Eagle Valley near Fountain City WI. Admission is $8 per day, per person, or FREE for registered campers at Sleepy Hollow Campground.  Offering acres of beautiful woodlands & grasslands.  Miles of connecting trails of varying difficulty winding through the property taking you on a scenic tour of prairie, gentle rolling hills, marshland, beautiful woods & Eagle Creek.  Come for the day or camp for the night.  Rest areas are perfect for picnics. 


Web: www.eaglevalleytrails.com
Phone: 608.687.8351


Sleepy Hollow Campground is also located in Eagle Valley, next to Eagle Valley Trails.  Extra large pull-thru camper sites, cabin rentals, tent sites and hike-in primitive camping sites.  Office store for camping supplies, private showers and washers & dryers.  Campers enjoy access to Eagle Valley Trails with miles of hiking trails and hike-in private camping sites as well as access to Eagle Valley Creek for tubing and fishing (Wisconsin state fishing license required).

Web: www.campsleepy.com
Phone: 608.687.8351

BRONE'S BIKE SHOP
Only Bike Shop In The County

BRONE'S BIKE SHOP
615 S Main Street

Fountain City WI 54629


Brone's is a full-service local bike shop and the only one in Buffalo County ... it's become an attraction!  Sponsoring training rides on the Buffalo County area's exquisite roads with scenic beauty and low traffic.   


Repairs all makes & models.  Selling accessories for most types of riding. Specializing in professional fittings for road, triathlon and time trialing.


Road bicycles.  From there they have great experience in Triathlon, TT, Mtb, Fat Bike, CX, Gravel Grinders and all things casual riding.  They can fix everything from your high end electronic equipped road or tri bike to the full suspension, disc braked mountain bike. 


Web:  www.bronesbikeshop.com

Phone:  608.6887.8601

 
 FUN IN FOUNTAIN CITY
ELMER'S AUTO & TOY MUSEUM
ELMER'S AUTO & TOY MUSEUM
W903 Elmer's Road Off WI State Highway 95
Fountain City WI 54629

Web: www.elmersautoandtoymuseum.com
Phone: 608.687.7221
eMail: Elmerstoys@yahoo.com

With hundreds of muscle, antique, and classic cars and trucks as well as pedal cars and thousands of antique toys, tools, and dolls, Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in the country and a fantastic attraction every family member will enjoy! Family owned and operated since 1994, Elmer's Museum is located on Eagle Bluff, which is the highest point along the Mississippi River. The view of the river valley is one of the best in the area!
MONARCH PUBLIC HOUSE & 
FOUNTAIN CITY BREWING

THE MONARCH PUBLIC HOUSE
19 N Main Street
Fountain City WI 54629

Web: www.monarchtavern.com
Phone: 608.687.4231


Fountain City hosts one of the longest running taverns in Wisconsin, The Monarch Tavern.  Operating since 1894, the tavern has never closed its doors and now operates as the Monarch Public House.


The Monarch is also home to Fountain City Brewing Company, tapping five original recipes every day.  Their flagship beer, Fountain Brew, springs from the pages of Fountain City's own history.  The original Fountain Brew was brewed from 1856 to 1965. After the brewery was closed and later demolished, the popular local beer disappeared.  In 1997, with the help of retired assistant brew master Wilbert Schmitt and the historical brewing records he saved, the Fountain Brew recipe was brewed, tasted and approved by Schmitt for rebirth.  The Monarch is the only place you can find the Fountain City brews on tap.

SEVEN HAWKS VINEYARDS
SEVEN HAWKS VINEYARDS
17 North Street
Fountain City WI 54629

Web: www.sevenhawksvineyards.com
Phone: 608.687.9463


Seven Hawks Vineyards are located one mile north of Fountain City on the Wisconsin Great River, on steep bluff lands overlooking the Upper Mississippi River Valley.  Their vineyards include almost 18,000 northern hybrid grape vines, making them one of the largest vineyards in the Upper Midwest.  

Their tasting room and wine bar are located in Fountain City in an 1870's renovated gem, one of many fine old buildings in historic Fountain City. They can arrange special events at their vineyard or tasting room, and vineyard tours.  

SPECIAL EVENTS IN 2017
April 8th & 9th  Spring New Wine Release
June 3rd & 4th  June Bloom Food & Wine Event
November Holiday Harvest Wine Festival
OLD TIME FARM FEST
OLD TIME FARMFEST
3 Miles East Of Fountain City, WI State Hwy 95
Fountain City WI 54629

Event Date:  September 2nd-4th, 2017
Sponsor:  Old Time Farmfest Lions
Web: www.oldtimefarmfest.com

Enjoy the weekend with neighbors and friends,  Camping available with night security.  Farmfest was organized as an educational history of agriculture.  Features the latest in technology alongside past years' equipment.  Many crafts are displayed and demonstrations are hold on Saturday & Sunday.

Lots of family activities.  Musical entertainment the whole weekend. Contests for young and old.  Baked goods.  Delicious family style food. 
MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY
2895 State Highway 35 
Fountain City WI 54629

Web: www.mississippithunder.com
Phone: 608.687.3282


The Speedway is a completely remodeled, state-of-the-art racing facility. Originally a landmark 3/8 mile tri-oval built in 1968, the Speedway was a unique and often talked about facility in the Upper Midwest.  Under new ownership in 2009 there was a vision for the future of racing at this location.  The Speedway was reshaped into a high-banked sweeping four corner track, sure to excite the best of the best.  Friday nights are a popular "racing" destination!


FRIDAY NIGHT RACING SCHEDULE:  

http://www.mississippithunder.com/schedule.asp 


TICKET PRICES

$12 Adult, $10 Senior (65+), Kids & Students FREE (23 & Under With ID)

PARKS & MUSEUMS

FOUNTAIN CITY AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM

7 South Main Street

Fountain City WI 54629


Open every Friday, 1-4pm, June through September.  Stop by and view their large collection of displays and one of the largest collections of arrowheads and other Native American tools in the United States, some of these artifacts date back 20,000 years.  


Volunteers are available to answer your questions about the settlement of Fountain City and will help you in searching their archives.


FOUNTAIN CITY COMMUNITY PARK

The site of Fountain City's's ball field and picnic pavilion   Location of Fountain City Days, the Rhubarb Festival and various community activities throughout the year.