Black River Beach

1433 Rose Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

2018 Pool & Beach Season: Friday, June 8 - Sunday, August 19
Open Swim Hours are 11am - 6pm Monday - Sunday during the season.

The beach may close for high water, water quality, low attendance or weather.  Please follow posted rules.

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Beach Description

Black River Beach was opened in June of 1947 which is located on the Northside of La Crosse. During the summer, you can swim, fish, play volleyball, take your boat out on the river, and enjoy the open area. There also is a bath house and restrooms to wash up in. 

Beach Amenities

  • Parking
  • Open Area (5 acres)
  • Swimming
  • Bath House
  • Restrooms
  • Volleyball
  • Fishing
  • Boat Ramp

Beach History

Black River Beach started as an approval from the council committee to dredge the beach and fill it in with 130,000 cubic yards of dredge material in May 1946, which they later extended 30 feet north and 20 feet south. Just in time for summer, the beach was opened in June 1947. A bathhouse was installed to allow people to change and to use the restroom without leaving the beach in 1953. Later on, the beach was improved by adding more features. In 1977, there were 3,600 square feet of sod playground area, an underground sprinkler system and sidewalks added to the beach. All of the additions were donations from local firms and constructed by local residents who volunteered their time.