Aerial View of a boat off the Sailing Club

About LAX Sailing Club

The La Crosse Sailing Club currently accommodates about 90 boats on the North tip of French Island, as seen in the aerial photo above, in Pool 7 of the Mississippi River: Lake Onalaska. The Lake is North of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Membership information is available here.

There are one hundred twenty five members of the club, with about 65 boats are in slips either floating or on lifts in the channel on the East side of the point. We also have spaces on the West side for dry sailing smaller boats on trailers, beach spaces for catamarans and rack spaces for Lasers, Sunfish and other board  boats. Limited transient space is available on a first request basis.

Our Club borders Nelson Park which offers boat ramps, picnic tables, fire pits and playground equipment. We have a pavilion with tables and gas grill for use by members and guests. There is a storage building for club gear and two port-a-potties (handicap accessible). Keep in mind, our facility is a cooperative club, not a marina. This means that we have a dedicated membership that helps maintain the grounds and structures. Our members have accomplished major tasks by working together on projects such as sprinkler systems, plumbing and electrical projects, structural construction, flood damage repair and landscaping. And we celebrate socially with monthly meals and Moonlight Sails hosted by each of the club fleets.

Here we not only enjoy the sailing, but also, all the beauty that the river valley has to offer.  With its majestic bluffs, the wildlife and the waterfowl, the Mississippi Flyaway brings past us--it is truly picture perfect.

1896 Maps of the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River valley, under what is now Lake Onalaska was mapped in 1896. See a close up version or the map label.

A Little History

Lake Onalaska started as river bottom land, streams and fields rich with riverboat and Native American folklore. In the mid 1930's when the lock and dam systems were built on the upper Mississippi, the back waters flooded this land and created the lake. Today the lake is used for many recreational activities such as camping, fishing, hunting and of course, sailing.

The La Crosse Sailing Club was formed in the early 1950's by a few hardy Snipe racers. It has developed into a facility with approximately 100 family memberships and monthly social events, weekly racing, frequent regattas and good times daily. Read more history...

Google Map of French Island

Interactive Pool 7 Maps

Committee Boat Weighs Anchor

Map with depths of Lake Onalaska

1951 Three Red Sails Logo

History of La Crosse Sailing Club

Photos of LAX Sailing Club by Greg Martin...



The LAX Sailing Club is a cooperative of sailboat owners, who share the responsibilities of maintaining the club grounds and various events for sailors.

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LaCrosse Sailing Club
PO Box 2582 LaCrosse, WI 54602-2582
3600 Lakeshore Drive on French Island LaCrosse, WI 54603
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