Welcome to the City of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
If you are looking for a form, permit or application, please go to our City Department page - Employment Application
Bird Conservation
Bird-friendly birders do more than observe, they practice wildlife conservation and are aware of issues threatening different species of birds. Learn how to get involved here.
Keeping Birds Safe Around Windows

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “One of the greatest hazards to birds is plate glass, with windows in homes and offices killing as many as one billion birds each year. Glass is invisible to birds, and if it reflects the images of trees, bushes, the sky or other natural habitat, a bird may fly directly into it.” 

Have concerns, questions, suggestions or comments regarding your City government???? Share your ideas and thoughts with the Mayor!!!! Mayor Dave Hemmer will be holding office hours on the last Saturday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 AM in the Council Chambers. You can enter through the side door (located on the west side of City Hall). He will be holding these office hours the last Saturday of each month through the end of the year. If you are unable to attend and would like to share your concerns or issues, please contact the Mayor at 326-6406 or via email.

* Wed Oct 1st - Housing Authority (4 PM)
* Wed Oct 1st - Police and Fire Commission (6:30 PM)
* Thur Oct 2nd - Personnel (6:15 PM)
* Tues Oct 7th - Finance (TBD)
* Tues Oct 7th - Common Council (7 PM)


You can still pay in person at the City Hall Monday through Friday from 8am-4pm with cash, credit card or money order. But many people do not always have the time to make it to the office, to get the money together and are looking for that extra convenience. Now for your convenience you can pay online:
* Building Permits
* Municipal Court Citations
* Park Shelter Rentals
* Property Tax Bills
* Water and Sewer Bills
There is a small fee for this service. Once you make a payment, you will receive an immediate receipt of payment. The on-line payment system accepts most major credit and debit cards, and electronic checks.

The City of Prairie du Chien is reminding residents of the rules and regulations regarding signs. The city has found a number of rummage sale and real estate signs in violation of the right-of-way restrictions:
* No garage sale sign shall be placed closer than fifteen (15) feet to the edge of a road surface. * No garage sale sign shall be located on city property. * No garage sale sign shall be located on private property without the consent of the property owner. * Size of Sign. No garage sale sign shall be more than three (3) feet in height from the ground to the top of the sign, and shall be more than three (3) square feet in size. * Illegal placement of sign. No signs shall be affixed to a traffic sign, tree, utility pole or any other sign. * Attachments. No sign shall have any attachments. * Timing. No garage sale sign shall be placed more than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the sale. No garage sale sign shall remain in place for more than twenty-four (24) hours after the completion of the sale. * Penalties. Any person found in violation of this subsection shall be subject to a fine of twenty-five (25) dollars per day per sign per violation. Any sign found in violation of the Ordinance will be removed and destroyed. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 326-6406.
Bicentennial Celebration to honor Battle of Prairie du Chien 
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), which was the only battle of the 32-month War of 1812 to be fought on Wisconsin soil. For more information on the summer-long event schedule, click here.
Brush/Compost Site Hours of Operation

The site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm and Saturday’s from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. These hours will be in effect at least through NOVEMBER 22, 2014. The site is closed on Sundays and Holidays. Please be at the site at least 15 minutes prior to close for disposing of materials: * NO Plastic Bags, only paper lawn bags allowed. * NO other refuse to be disposed of at the site. * NO construction waste or lumber, brush must be dirt free. * Stump disposal is by appointment only; please call 326-2718 at least 2 days in advance. The brush/compost site is for the residents of the City of Prairie du Chien only. Please Note that access to the archery range will be on Wilderness Road, east of the brush site entrance. Please call 326-8534 for information.
Get the latest information on the Marquette Road project

As part of the Marquette Road (STH 35) Wisconsin DOT major reconstruction project, three new roundabouts are being installed at the intersections of Iowa Street, Wisconsin Street, and Blackhawk Avenue. The roundabouts are being closely coordinated with the nearby rail line with special signing and signals. Several informational animation and traffic simulation videos were developed to acquaint road users with navigating and understanding the roundabouts.
Northbound Marquette Road (STH 35) – Overview--without train event
This video animation gives a general overview of the three roundabouts including standard signage, markings, and operations for modern roundabouts. When needed, the traffic near the roundabouts is coordinated with the nearby rail line with special signing and signals, although during this video no train crossing events actually occur.
Northbound Marquette Road (STH 35) – Drive Thru--with railroad crossing event
This video animation gives a focused drive through of the three roundabouts with a railroad train crossing event and special overhead changeable message signs on Marquette Rd. at Wisconsin St. and Blackhawk Ave. for the northbound left turn lane at these two intersections. The special overhead blank-out sign is a multiple message sign that warns of a train on tracks, and no left turn restriction for the northbound left turn lane, if appropriate as traffic conditions dictate. 
Eastbound Iowa Street – How the Queue Cutter Traffic Signals Work
This video animation gives a focused view of how traffic traveling eastbound on Iowa Street interacts with an active rail crossing and the roundabout. Special traffic signals at the railroad crossing, called Queue Cutters, hold and release traffic in intervals after a train has just passed. This allows traffic at the roundabout to move more smoothly and increases safety at the railroad crossing for motorists, so vehicles don’t block the railroad tracks.
More information on the Marquette Road Project and roundabouts in general can be found at the City of Prairie du Chien’s and the WisDOT websites.
Best time to see the Fall Colors
The Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce office receives many calls on when the best time is to see the Fall colors at their peak. The temperature and length of daylight help determine the color conditions so every year can be different. Generally the peak viewing time will be during the first two weeks of October.
Scenic Fall Foliage Mississippi River Cruises
Enjoy the endless Mississippi River backwaters aboard a fall river cruise. View the spectacular fall foliage colors on the towering bluffs surrounding the river valley. Visitors have a choice of two riverboat tour companies: Mississippi Explorer Cruises boards from St. Feriole Island, on Prairie du Chien's riverfront and Maiden Voyage Tours boards from the McGregor river front. These tours are very popular for autumn color sightseers with photo opportunities for everyone! For cruise times and dates on these river tours visit the  web site on boating. 
Fall drives promise great foliage viewing in the Prairie du Chien area. Three rivers, orchards, river bluffs, ridges and valleys, small towns and quaint farmsteads make the area a must for those who like to travel the back roads. The fall is a perfect time for these road trips. There are several loop tours of the area which will bring you right back to Prairie du Chien. For more information on these loop routes click here.

Wisconsin now requires a photo id to vote. Photo ID will be required for the November 4 General Election. For more information on Photo ID, go to the website “Bring it to the Ballot” - www.bringit.wi.gov. For general voting information, to check your voter registration, see a sample ballot or find where you go to vote check out the website My Vote Wisconsin - myvote.wi.gov.