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
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. 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.
  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!

Goals
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.

Staff
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)
BOAT LAUNCH FEES
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
PARK SYSTEM (Click here to see all of our parks)

ST. FERIOLE ISLAND
ST. FERIOLE ISLAND USAGE APPLICATION
LARIVIEVE FARM PARK
WACOUTA AQUATIC PARK
HOFFMAN HALL
FORT FUN
LOCHNER PARK
O'BRIEN PARK
BLACKHAWK JUNCTION PARK
MICHIGAN AND PARK STREET PARK
WASHINGTON STREET PARK
CECIL SMITH PARK
OLD ROCK SCHOOL
LAWLER PARK
ST. FERIOLE ISLAND MARINA
FACILITY USAGE APPLICATION
PICNIC TABLE USAGE APPLICATION
2012-2016 OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL PLAN
To request your 2016 Prairie du Chien 64-page visitor's guide, please click on the picture above or visit the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce website!
PARK AND RECREATION
Hoffman Hall’s Rec Room is now available to the public year-round for rentals. Whether you’re planning a birthday, group party, or special event we have a new great environment for family and friends of all ages to enjoy and have fun! For more information on availability please call 326-7207.
Thanks to our friends at Peoples State Bank we are happy to announce the PdC Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer Activity Guide is now available for the public. Hard copies will be available at Hoffman Hall, City Hall, Peoples State Bank, and the Tourist Information Center. This guide is packed full of great summer programs and activities and should meet the needs of all ages and ability levels as well as provide many low cost leisure opportunities! All programs, except for swim lessons, can also be registered online beginning May 12th by going to:  http//pdc.recdesk.com/recdeskportal or send or drop off you registration and fees to City Hall. For more information please call 326-7207…Enjoy your spring/summer!
To download the brochure as a PDF, click on the above image
The Outdoor Recreation Center opens Saturday June 4th and will be available for the public use on every weekend throughout the summer from 12-4pm. Thanks again to the PdC Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts for helping us provide this great summer time leisure experience for all to use. For more information call 326-7207.