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Bad Axe River
The North Fork of the Bad Axe River
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Region Vernon County
Source Genoa
 - coordinates 43°31′40″N 91°09′51″W / 43.5277778°N 91.1641667°W / 43.5277778; -91.1641667
Mouth Mississippi River
 - coordinates 43°31′13″N 91°13′20″W / 43.5202506°N 91.2223547°W / 43.5202506; -91.2223547

The Bad Axe River is a 4.2-mile-long (6.8 km)[1] tributary of the Mississippi River in southwestern Wisconsin in the United States. "Bad axe" is a translation from the French, "la mauvaise hache", but the origin of the name is unknown.[2][3] The river's mouth at the Mississippi was the site of the Battle of Bad Axe, an 1832 U.S. Army massacre of Sac and Fox Indians at the end of the Black Hawk War.


The Bad Axe River flows for its entire length in western Vernon County, and for most of its length as two streams, the North Fork Bad Axe River and the South Fork Bad Axe River. The North Fork rises at the town of Westby and flows generally southwestwardly for 31 miles (50 km).[1] The South Fork rises about 3 miles (5 km) south of Viroqua and flows westwardly for 16 miles (26 km).[1] The main stem of the Bad Axe flows for less than 5 miles (8 km) westward from the convergence of the two forks to its confluence with the Mississippi, about 6 miles (10 km) south of Genoa.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 13, 2011
  2. ^ Kellogg, Louise Phelps. "Derivation of County Names" in Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for 1909, pages 219-231.
  3. ^ Butterfield, History of Vernon County (Springfield, 1884), p. 132.

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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:55:07 -0700

... been struggling, and I wish we could have gotten that extra dollar sooner,” says Organic Valley's CEO, George Siemon, one of the co-op's original seven founders, who has operated his own family-run farm in Wisconsin's Bad Axe River Valley since 1977.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:36:21 -0700

asked John "Duke" Welter of Viroqua as I eased into a pool on the Springville Branch of the Bad Axe River, also known as Duck Egg Creek. The question came with its own answer. With the sun beating down through a clear noon sky, the spring creek was a ...
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:39:02 -0700

VIROQUA, Wis. -- Hike to the top of this ridge and you step back 200 years in time. There's no dense tree cover. A few gnarled oak sentries watch over the native prairie grasses. "This is what a lot of western Wisconsin looked like," Jim Theler said ...
La Crosse Tribune
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:03:30 -0700

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La Crosse Tribune
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:29:56 -0700

... valve of their manure storage unit in the middle of the night on June 6, 2013, and discharged approximately 20,000 to 30,000 gallons of manure into an intermittent stream that drains to Wire Hollow Creek and ultimately to the North Fork of the Bad ...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:37:01 -0700

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Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:56:14 -0700

The manure traveled approximately one-and-one-third miles before entering a tributary of the North Fork of the Bad Axe River. The stream of liquid manure flowed down a dry run in Wire Hollow. The case is under review by the DNR and “charges are pending ...
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Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:39:01 -0700

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