Area Information

Western Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota offer an incredible wealth of amenities perfect for the quality of life you are in search of. Contact one of our United Country Real Estate offices in Richland Center, Portage, Oconomowoc, Adams or Holmen, WI today to find the perfect property for your lifestyle. 

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RECREATION

Grandad Bluff, offering stunning Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa views, was voted by Wisconsin Trails as having the most scenic views in the state. Great River Road is a national scenic byway spanning 250 miles and passing through 33 towns and villages. Van Loon Wildlife Area near Holmen, WI features 4,000 acres of bottomland forest divided by the Black River. Portage offers 15 city parks as well as access to the Wisconsin River, Lake Wisconsin and Castle Rock Lake. Portage Country Club, Saddle Ridge Golf Club, Coldwater Canyon Golf Course and Spring Brook Golf Resort are also nearby and once the temperature drops, skiing at Cascade Mountain is populate. Pump House Regional Arts Center, Weber Center for the Performing Arts, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Oktoberfest, Riverfest, Deke Slayton Airfest and Three Rivers Roleo feature unique local entertainment.

AMENITIES

Ranking among the nation’s best small cities for doing business, La Crosse features top employers like Gunderson Health System, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., Mayo Clinic Health System, Trane and Fort McCoy. Port of La Crosse is an international gateway where more than 1 million tons of commodities are transported annually. Higher education includes the University of Wisconsin System and its campuses in La Crosse, WI, Madison, WI, Oshkosh, WI, and Stevens Point, WI to name a few.. Western Technical College Logistics Health and Camp Douglas are also significant institutions, while Divine Savior Healthcare is a local medical center serving the region.

HISTORY

Fur traders were attracted to the region in the mid-1800s. La Crosse, WI was platted in 1851 and incorporated five years later. In the late 19th century, the city became one of the largest in the state as a center of education, lumber and brewing. Settled by Norwegian immigrants in 1862; Holmen, WI was incorporated in 1946. The city was named for the Fox-Wisconsin Waterway, a portage between the Wisconsin and Fox rivers. The lowlands between these rivers served as a natural portage for both Native Americans and eventually French fur traders, who dubbed the area as "le portage." By the 1840s, an industrial and commercial center had developed and remains the city's business district The historic Surgeon's Quarters is the only remaining piece of famous Fort Winnebago built by French settlers in the 1800s.

CLIMATE

Hot-summer/warm-summer continental weather is typical in western WI, southeastern MN and throughout the Upper Midwest. Due to this, there are dramatic variations between the seasons. The growing season is often shorter, but precipitation is ample falling in nearly even amounts of rain and snow. Sunshine is also prominent allowing for abundant opportunities to enjoy the beautiful natural landscape.

No matter what your real estate needs may be United Country is best positioned to help you achieve your buying or selling goals. Take advantage of more than 90 years of industry-leading expertise and contact our team of Wisconsin and Minnesota lifestyle property experts today.