Early Spring Camping near Viroqua?

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Already getting the itch with the season opener in sight. Had been looking at my usual haunts where I camp and realized they don't open until 4/15. Know of any places open for camping earlier than that in the Viroqua area? I probably won't even make it to the area until a warm weekend in March. The usual deal of driving up Friday night, set up a tent or two in the dark, and fish Saturday and Sunday. I'm thinking I might be stuck with a cabin should I have the opportunity to get up there early in the year.

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I do love your moniker. If you're going up that early a motel might be a better. I quite often stay at the Central Express Inn. It's on the eastern side of town along with a gas station and restaurant. Not fancy but very reasonable.
 
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If you want to gut out winter camping, give the Westby Rod & Gun Club a call. Their campgrounds are located right on the headwaters of the Timber Coulee just a short drive from Viroqua. There's also a ski jump hill, shooting range, a small golf course (open in the warmer months) and a bar and grill next door. There are a dozen top Trout streams within a few miles of the campground.

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Edit: the campground is just West of the town of Westby on Hwy P, located here. The clubhouse bar & restaurant is located in Westby at: 215 S Main Street.
 
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I do love your moniker. If you're going up that early a motel might be a better. I quite often stay at the Central Express Inn. It's on the eastern side of town along with a gas station and restaurant. Not fancy but very reasonable.
Ha, the moniker is just for fun. Thanks for the recommendation, I see it's in Westby. I had also seen one or two motels in Viroqua as well when driving along 14 north of the downtown. I do like camping for the "full experience" in my mind and I've got the gear for the weather but the more options the better.
 

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If you want to gut out winter camping, give the Westby Rod & Gun Club a call. Their campgrounds are located right on the headwaters of the Timber Coulee just a short drive from Viroqua. There's also a ski jump hill, shooting range, a small golf course (open in the warmer months) and a bar and grill next door. There are a dozen top Trout streams within a few miles of the campground.

Good luck!
-Bill

Edit: the campground is just West of the town of Westby on Hwy P, located here. The clubhouse bar & restaurant is located in Westby at: 215 S Main Street.
Thanks Bill. This was the one place I saw while looking Thursday night that I thought might be open in the area and I do love the Coulees. I've passed by their campground before as the ski jump hill caught my attention. When the time gets near, I will be giving them a call first. I think one of the limiting factors to early season camping will be whether or not they've turned on their water. To avoid pipes bursting, a lot of the campgrounds have their water shut off. I saw some state park campgrounds in WI allow winter camping but with that one caveat.
 

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I've stayed at the campground, there - it's very nice, and just keep heading down the road a few miles where the river gets a bit bigger (you actually ford the river getting to the campground).
 

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Esofea County Park, Sidie Hollow, and then you also have the kickapoo reserve which has rustic camping.
Did Esofea twice this past summer, great place, but doesn't open until 4/15. Forgot about the rustic camping on the Kickapoo Reserve. I will be looking into those as another option.
 
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