Trempealeau Real Estate and Community Information

Trempealeau Real Estate and Community Information

With a population of just under 1,500 residents as of 2011, Trempealeau is a quiet, riverside jewel thirty minutes north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The name ‘Trempealeau’ derives from a distinctive tree-covered bluff in the middle of the Mississippi River referred to by French fur traders as “la montagne qui trempe a l’eau.” In the late 1850s, Trempealeau was an agrarian boom town: wheat farming was in full swing and Trempealeau housed milling industries and warehouses enough to keep up with production. The town bustled as steamboats and railcars arrived to keep up with shipping demands.

Over time, wheat production slowed and economic development in Trempealeau lagged behind neighboring cities. The community itself moved further inland after a massive fire in 1888 decimated the main industrial area in what is now First Street. Not much has changed since the 1890s, giving locals and visitors the unique opportunity to stroll through a true piece of Trempealeau County history. Trempealeau attracts an eclectic mix of residents who revel in the wild and quiet woods. While other cities strive to keep up with the increasing demands of the workaday world, Trempealeau offers its residents a quiet, friendly community with natural features that grow more precious with each passing day: lush trails, starry skies and stunning Wisconsin wildlife.

Trempealeau real estate and community information

Shopping and Dining

Although Trempealeau is largely a rural oasis, residents enjoy an excellent collection of local shops and restaurants in and around the community. Country Crossroads Gift Shops is a local business association that offers shoppers a self-guided tour of locally operated boutiques and cafes in west Trempealeau County. Residents love being able to get locally raised produce at family-run farm stands like Schultz’s Country Barn or Ecker’s Apple Farm. For a more conventional shopping day, residents head over to the Valley View Mall for dozens of national brands under one roof. Or, park the car and check out the shops and eateries of Historic Downtown LaCrosse located south of Trempealeau. Restaurants in Trempealeau are casual, affordable and perfect for family occasions. If you’re looking for something more sumptuous, the Elmaro Vineyard offers several different tasting packages complete with accompaniments.

Parks and Recreation

Living in Trempealeau affords residents and visitors a huge selection of outdoor pursuits, community events and recreational activities for every season of the year. Because Trempealeau is a very close-knit community, everyone turns up to cheer for the home team, and that makes living in a small town much more enjoyable. In the winter, locals rev up the snowmobiles and zip through the snowy landscape on the Great River Trail. Cross-country skiers make their way through the trails of Perrot State Park and on up to Brady’s Bluff for a bird’s-eye view of the river valley. When the weather warms, you’ll meet cyclists, hikers, horseback riders and stump-jumpers on the trails. The Great River Trail attracts cyclists from all over the world and in May, Trempealeau hosts the Annual Hipbreaker Bike Tour. The Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge is 6,226 acres of protected wetland and prairie, home to over 263 different species of birds. Fishermen love the variety of angling available nearby: ice-fishing for walleye in the winter, bass and catfishing in the summer. In July, visitors flock to Trempealeau for Catfish Days; a three day event that includes a motorcycle race, bass tournament, flea market and much, much more. The McGilvray-Seven Bridges Road offers a beautiful pedestrian route through Trempealeau countryside featuring five unique bow-string truss bridges built around the turn of the century. The surrounding area is perfect for hunting, fishing or wildlife viewing on account of the limited vehicle traffic. No matter what you’re interests, you’ll love the fresh air in Trempealeau.


Trempealeau homeowners enjoy the quiet pace of a small town. Trempealeau nights are quiet and filled with stars; friends and neighbors get together for fishing and hunting trips and there’s almost always something cheap or free to do for fun. Residents take pride in the natural beauty and endeavor to preserve it without limiting public access. The city itself has been recognized as a Wisconsin Bird City on account of its efforts to preserve habitat, promote community forest management, and provide educational programs. Overall, median home prices in Trempealeau hover around $135,400; much lower than the state average. If you’re looking for a home in a close-knit community, you’ll love living in Trempealeau, WI.

Schools, Health, Transportation

The community of Trempealeau is served by the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District which oversees three elementary schools, G-E-T Middle School and G-E-T High School. G-E-T High School takes pride in its community involvement and selection of extra-curricular activities. Many students thrive as “four-season” athletes, and some go on to play at the collegiate level.

After high school, students have many options for secondary education not far from home. The University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, which has been nationally recognized for its economics department and accounting program, is less than twenty minutes away from Trempealeau. Winona State University, Minnesota Southeast Technical, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota are just across the state line. Medical students get practical experience at Gundersen Lutheran Health System, a teaching hospital with a Level II Trauma and Emergency Center in nearby La Crosse. Most colleges in the area offer smaller student-to-teacher ratios which allow each student greater access to their professors. The main thoroughfare through Trempealeau is the Great River Road (route 35) which connects Trempealeau to other communities along the Mississippi River.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (608) 781-7714 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.


Contact Information

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Judy Gull
RE/MAX First Choice
757 Sand Lake Road
Onalaska WI 54650
Direct: 608-781-7714
Fax: 608-783-4263