Boat Landings

The City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department offers four public boat landings, with two on the Black River and two on the Mississippi River.  

  • 7th Street
  • Municipal Harbor
  • West Copeland
  • East Copeland
In order to launch a water recreational vehicle at the boat landings, a permit must be purchased and displayed on the water recreational vehicle trailer.  The boat landing user has the option to purchase either a daily permit or an annual permit. 

Daily Permits

The daily permit will be $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents. If the landing user chooses to purchase a daily permit, they will need to fill out the honor slip, and drop the payment in the honor box while placing the permit clearly visible in their dash.  Daily permits are only good for the date purchased.  Permits are only good at City of La Crosse boat landings. 

Annual Permits

Annual permits will also be available for purchase.  Resident permits are $10.00 and non-residents are $15.00. The annual permit is valid through the current calendar year.  An annual permit can be purchased for a second water recreational vehicle at a reduced rate (only if owned by the same applicant).  The resident rate for a second annual pass is $5.00, and non-resident rate is $7.50.  To purchase a second permit, applicant MUST provide proof of registration (ownership) for BOTH boats.  

Residence Status First Permit Additional Permits
City of La Crosse Resident $10.00 $5.00
Non-Resident $15.00 $7.50
Veteran Resident Free Free
Veteran Non-Resident $10.00  $5.00

The annual permit will be issued in the Parks and Recreation office located in City Hall, Black River Beach Neighborhood Center, and South Side Neighborhood Center.  The annual permit will be a sticker that will go on the users’ water recreational vehicle trailer.  In order for the user to get the resident rate, they must present documentation that states they live within the City.  Documentation can be a driver’s license, passport, or a bill.  Annual permits are only good at City of La Crosse boat landings. 


Veterans who are City of La Crosse Residents can receive a free annual permit by providing proper documentation stating they have served the United States.