Welcome to the City of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Location: 214 E. Blackhawk Avenue * Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM * Contacts: Phone - (608) 326-7207 (City Hall) - (608) 326-2985 (Hoffman Hall) Aquatic Park – (608) 326-8071 (June, July, August) * Fax - (608) 326-8182 * Email – pdcparks@mhtc.net
Cecil Smith Park, in the heart of Prairie du Chien, has a long standing tradition of hosting youth ball games for many years. Much volunteer work has been done over the past few years to upgrade the facility and keep that tradition alive and well. We are now ready to take another large step to improve the park. The Prairie du Chien Independent Little League is raising funds to contribute to the construction of a new multi-use shelter at Cecil Smith Park. The project is a joint effort between the City of Prairie du Chien and the Prairie du Chien Independent Little League. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin this spring. The new shelter will:
  • Contain a new upgraded, compliant, and centrally located restroom facility
  • Contain a new Concession Stand with improved security and storage
  • Provide better service for the patrons who come to watch the kids play
  • Provide shade on sunny days and shelter during inclement weather
  • Provide an additional park shelter to be enjoyed by the entire community 
The Prairie du Chien Independent Little League has an annual participation of approximately 250 children from Grades K-8. The improved facilities will help us continue to serve the youth of the Prairie du Chien area for many years to come. The goal of the Prairie du Chien Independent Little League is to raise $15,000 to contribute to the shelter and other upgrades at Cecil Smith Park. We need your help to accomplish this. We have established several levels of giving to fit all budgets. Your tax-deductible donation can be made to the City of Prairie du Chien - Little League Foundation. Donations to this effort may be made in any amount. All donors at the levels listed below will be displayed on a recognition plaque that will be permanently displayed at the new facility. Contact Matt Martin – President Prairie du Chien Independent Little League with questions (608) 412-1249. For more information, and where to donate, please click on this link for the informational flyer.
On Line Registration Now Available for City of Prairie du Chien Recreation Programs!
Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich is happy to announce that the Parks and Recreation Department will now have the capabilities to register all of their programming online. Ulrich states that this will continue the departments on-going efforts to upgrade our methods of getting the word out to the public and make registration procedures more user friendly. While patrons can still utilize the traditional methods of registering either by sending or dropping off forms and fees to City Hall this should make it simpler from your home and payment through a secure site called Recdesk with a very nominal fee. This online feature will not be available for swim lessons. Please check out our new web portal by going to: http://pdc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal to look at out this easy registration process. The Spring/Summer Activity Guide can also be found on this web site. For more information feel free to contact 326-7207 or if you have questions on summer swim lessons please call 412-1130.
John Muir (1838–1914)
Muir grew up near Portage, attended the University of Wisconsin for a semester, and lived in Prairie du Chien briefly before embarking on the career that made him famous as a founder of American environmentalism. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States. One of the most well-known hiking trails in the U.S., the 211-mile John Muir Trail, was named in his honor. Other places named in his honor are Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, and Muir Glacier.
W.H.C. Folsom House (109 Blackhawk Avenue) - Folsom, a businessman, built this residence in 1842. Captain Wiram Knowlton, a prominent attorney, recruited local militiamen from his office in this building during the Mexican War, and naturalist John Muir worked here briefly as a printer.
PARK SYSTEM (Click here to see all of our parks)


















Patrick Joseph Lucey (1918 - 2014)
Lucey graduated from Campion High School in Prairie du Chien in 1935. He then attended St. Thomas College and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He served as justice of the peace in Ferryville, Wisconsin, and in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1949 to 1951. He was elected lieutenant governor in 1964, elected governor in 1970, and was reelected in 1974. He resigned in 1977 when he was appointed Ambassador to Mexico by President Jimmy Carter. One of Lucey's executive initiatives was to revive an idea to merge the state's two university systems, the Wisconsin State University (WSU) system and the pre-eminent University of Wisconsin (UW), in Madison. The idea was suggested in the 1890s, then revived in the 1940s and 1950s by Governor Oscar Rennebohm and Governor Walter J. Kohler, Jr. In 1971, Lucey raised the issue again, saying a merger would contain the growing costs of two systems; give order to the increasing higher education demands of the state; control program duplication; and provide for a united voice and single UW budget. Merger legislation easily passed the Democratic-controlled Assembly. After much maneuvering and lobbying, it was approved by a one-vote margin in the Republican-controlled Senate. It took until 1974 for implementation legislation to be finalized. Lucey also recommended additional funding for tourism, which spurred development throughout the state. Two examples were the expansion of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources park system and the Mt. Telemark Resort in Cable, Wisconsin. Since 1974, Cable and Mt. Telemark hosts the American Birkebeiner each year, the largest cross-country ski race in North America. The John Anderson—Patrick Lucey presidential ticket received 5,719,850 vote for 6.6% of the total vote in the 1980 presidential election. In September 2009, Lucey was honored with a Wisconsin Historical Society marker in Ferryville.

The City of Prairie du Chien has enacted boat launch fees for all boat launching areas in the City. Boat launch passes can be purchased at:
* City Hall, 214 E. Blackhawk Ave., Prairie du Chien, 608-326-6406
* City Police Station, 224 N. Beaumont Rd., Prairie du Chien
* Cabela's Retail Store, 501 E. Cliffhaven Rd., Prairie du Chien
* Kwik Trip - 1000 S Marquette Rd and 201 S Marquette Rd, Prairie du Chien
  Mission Statement
The City of Prairie du Chien Park and Recreation Department's mission statement serves as a means to work towards the community’s needs that the city should be striving to provide quality facilities and offer affordable wholesome recreation and leisure opportunities that enhance the quality of their lives while living in this community. With over 600 acres of parks and open spaces, a recreation center, indoor and outdoor pool, and an abundance of riverfront activities and events, they all bring people together and add to a sense of civic pride and belonging. As a fully developed community, maintaining and updating park and recreational facilities will preserve the value and popularity of the city’s park system. The City’s waterfront, farm park, arts, culture, and historical features adds to the meaning of community life and certainly sets this community apart and should continue to be highlighted. Residents want places to gather, socialize, and meet. Residents also encourage activities that build a sense of community such as city-wide festivals and events that recognize the city’s history, diversity, and desire to have fun!

1. Continue to maintain and enhance city parks, recreation facilities, open space, and leisure services to meet the community needs.
2. Continue to develop high quality and a wide variety of recreation and leisure programs to youth, adults, and special needs participants to meet the needs of the community.
3. Continue to provide programming with various partnerships.
4. Continue to upgrade parks, trail systems, and playground equipment.
5. Enhance the city’s waterfront, farm park, arts, cultural, and historic assets.
6. Build support and promote a sense of community through recreation programming.
7. Preserve, maintain, and educate the community on the natural resources for ourselves and future generations.

Director of Parks and Recreation Mike Ulrich - Aquatics/Fitness Coordinator Suzette Cunningham
Seasonal part-time employees (Summer 60-70) - Seasonal part-time employees (Winter 30-40)
Junior Golf Program - Boys & girls ages 8-17 yrs. old. Not a competitive league. Geared for beginner & advanced levels. Combination of lessons, rules, etiquette & on-course play. Meets at the Barnyard Nine course. Begins Mondays, June 16 - Aug. 15. 13-17 yr olds: 7:30 am - 9:00 am and 8-12 yrs. olds 9 am to 10:30 am. Every effort is being made to have equip. available, if your child doesn’t have it. (If you have youth clubs and you are willing to donate for this program please let us know!) Includes 7 wks. of play, instruction & end of year contest! Please note T-Shirt size. Res. Fees: $40 • Non-Res. Fees: $50 (Co-sponsored by Marine Credit Union)

Baseball (For Boys & Girls) - Begins June 10. T-Ball - Ages 5-6. Six week introduction to game skill. Participants develop throwing, catching, batting, etc. with modified game play. Meets Tues. & Thurs. from 9-10 am. Instructional League - Ages 7-9. Seven week introduction to game play utilizing coach pitch & modified game. Meets Tues. & Thurs. from 10:15am - 11:15 am. All baseball programs will meet at Lochner Park (Players need to bring
gloves). Please note T-Shirt size. Res. Fees: $20 Non-Res. Fees: $30 (Co-sponsored by SportsWorld)

Youth Tennis Lessons - All lessons held at Hoffman Hall Courts and begins June 9, on Monday and Wednesday with all equipment provided. Youth Beginners - Ages 5 & up: 9-9:30 am. Youth Advanced Beginners - Ages 5 & up: 9:30-10:30 am. (1-2 yrs. experience) Youth Intermediate - 10-10:30 am (3 or more yrs. experience) Res. Fees: $10 • Non-Res. Fees: $20

Family Sport Sampler - This is an opportunity to try new sports and games at a great setting and have fun with friends! August 11-14 (M-TH) at Hoffman Hall. Ages 3-5, 6-6:45 pm; Ages 6-9, 6:45-7:45 pm Family Res. Fees: $20 Family Non-Res. Fees: $30
Drama Hawks Jr. Camps: Drama games and activities with an emphasis on having fun and performing a season ending performance August 2, 2pm at Prairie du Chien High School Theatre. All practice sessions at Hoffman Hall June 30 - July 3, 9 am - 2 pm (ages 10 & Older) - July 28 - August 1, 9 am - 2 pm (ages 5-11 year olds) - (Pre-registration required only at City Hall or online by June 1st)- Mandatory parent meeting on Monday, June 9th, 6 pm at Hoffman Hall
Res. Fees: $20 • Non-Res. Fees: $30

Family Art Camps: 
Art Camp 1 (ages 5-7) June 30- July 3, 2-3 pm - Create a PdC Battle of 1812 Display (to be shown at City Hall)
Art Camp 2 (ages 8-12) June 30- July 2, 3-4:30 pm - Create a PdC Battle of 1812 Display (to be shown at City Hall)
Art Camp 3 (ages 5-7) July 28- Aug 1, 2-3 pm - Dinosaurs, Dragons and Drawings
Art Camp 4 (ages 8-12) July 28-Aug 1, 3-4:30 pm - Floating, Flying and Hands on Fun!
All classes meet at Hoffman Hall - Family Res. Fee: $20 • Non-Res. Family Fee: $30 - Family means parents and/or multiple children - Please note ALL participants when registering

Pirate Camps:  Arghhh! Join the ultimate pirate crew as this adventure will see you participate in friendly skullduggery, treasure hunting quests and much more! Meets August 18-21. Ages 5 & 6 meet 9-10 am - Ages 7-10 meet 10-11:30 am - All sessions at Hoffman Hall Island - Family Res. Fee: $20 • Non-Res. Family Fee: $30 *Family means parents and/or multiple children

Every Day Heroes Pre-School Camp: Get the opportunity to talk to and have a hands-on experience with members of the Fire, Police, EMS and Military. Come see what they do for your community! Ages 3-5 with parent and includes snack! Meets August 4-7 from 9-10 am. All sessions at Hoffman Hall. Res. Fees: $5 Non-Res. Fees: $10

Survivor Camp II: Carry the Tribal Torch! Outsmart, outmaneuver, and outrun to survive the wild and crazy challenges but don’t worry as no one gets sent home and everyone is a winner! Meets August 4-7 (M-TH) at Hoffman Island (Hall) Ages 7-10: 10-11:30 am Family Res. Fees: $20 • Family Non-Res. Fees: $30

Behind the Scream Scene: Join Scream Xtreme as they present a look at the inner workings of their annual haunted house. Participants will have the chance to explore their collection of props and scares before the madness in October. This will be a “working set” so you will see first hand what goes into construction and planning of the Haunted Halls of Terror. Participants will also get a glimpse at some new props and effects that are being constructed such as the puking skeleton, pop up barrel, and lighted special effects to name a few! Dates/Times: Wed. August 13th,6pm Location: St Feriole Island Haunted House (Blackhawk & 2nd Street) Fee: Free but must pre- register by calling 326-7207 (Participants will receive 1/2 Price Admission to Haunted House in October!)

Youth Cooking Camp: Learn how to cook simple meals while having fun! Recipes will be provided and participants (Ages 8-13) will be able to eat what they make. Meets from June 23, 24 & 25. 6 pm - 8 pm at Sharing Spaces Kitchen. Class size limit is 12. Res. Fees: $20 • Non-Res. Fees: $30

Kid’s and Canines: Co-Sponsored by the Rivers & Bluff Animal Shelter - Date: July 14th-16th, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Hoffman Hall - Program topics will include: Cooking for
your dog, meeting the Therapy Dogs, Doggie Arts and Crafts, Safety, Discover and Identify Different Breeds. Bring Your Dog to Camp on Wednesday – we will teach your dog to walk nicely on a leash, discuss different types of training collars, and teach your dog to “tunnel”. On Wednesday bring your own friendly, non-aggressive dogs welcome with an adult in attendance. More information please call Bev at 608-326-2914. Dogs must, be current on all vaccinations (records required) and be on a topical flea and tick preventative (Frontline, Vectra D, etc). Females in heat and flexileads not allowed. Family Res Fee: $20 • Non-Res Family Fee: $30
Hook & Ladder Family Fishing & Paddling Night: Co-sponsored by the PdC Fire Department and & Great River Paddlers Club. Bring the whole family for a night of hands-on fishing, canoeing, and kayaking fun as instruction will be given to those wanting to get a sampling of these great leisure programs. All equipment will be provided. “Firemendogs”, chips, and beverage included for a great night on the river for all ages at Washington Street Park. Wednesday, June 18, 5:30-7 pm.- Fee: $2.00 Per Person Pre-registration required!

Youth Fishing Derby:  Co-sponsored by Prairie Rod & Gun Club and Stark’s Sports Shop Summer derby: Sunday, July 20 5-7 pm. Fall Fishing Derby: Sunday, Sept. 21 5-7 pm. Equipment & bait available. Call 326-7207 for more information. Fee: $2.00 Per Person

Great River Paddlers Club: This club paddles sections of the lower Wisconsin River, Mississippi River backwaters locally in Wisconsin and Iowa, as well as some smaller inland rivers in our area, such as the Yellow and Kickapoo. Sunday paddles begin at 10 am at the designated boat landing and are usually 3 hours long. For further information, contact Sally Marshall at 608-326-0542, or e-mail: tigerlilly4434@yahoo.com.

Outdoor Adventure Day Camp: This day camp setting on historic St. Feriole Island will allow participants ages 8-12 the opportunity to learn about how the settlers of PdC lived and how we now enjoy the Mississippi River. Hands-on experiences with archery, fishing and canoeing will make this a fun experience for all. All sessions at Washington Street Park and meet Mondays - Thursdays, July 21-24, 1-4 pm. Res. Fees: $20 Non-Res. Fees: $30

Rotary Disc Golf Course:  Because of the generous contribution from the Prairie du Chien Rotary, you will be seeing a new 18-Hole Golf Course developed on St. Feriole Island. There is no cost to utilize the course and you can rent Disc’s for $2 from the Outdoor Rec. Center. Take advantage of this great activity that will be fun for the entire family!

Canoe/Kayak Classes: Geared for recreational users 12 & older. Two hour clinics teach essentials of boat fitting, maneuvering, paddling skills and techniques. Ideal for new paddlers. No roll experience needed and no roll instruction provided. Must be a competent swimmer. All sessions run on Thursdays, 6-8 pm at Washington St. Park. July 10, 17 & 24th. May only sign up for 1 session. Res. Fees: $10 • Non-Res. Fees: $15