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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; -91.2223547Coordinates: 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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La Crosse Tribune

La Crosse Tribune
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:18:45 -0700

Thus if it hasn't rained for a while you should fish the steams that flow with a lot of natural turbidity like the following: Tainter Creek, Little La Crosse River, Springville Creek, the North and South Forks of the Bad Axe River, West Fork of ...
La Crosse Tribune
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:12:10 -0800

Good starting places for quality fish are Bishop Branch Creek, the north and south forks of the Bad Axe River, Timber Coulee Creek, Springville Branch Creek, Elk, and Spring Coulee creeks. For a chance at a trophy, head to the Kickapoo River, or the ...

Appleton Post Crescent

Appleton Post Crescent
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:49:44 -0800

MADISON - With statewide temperatures projected to remain below freezing through the first week in March, the 2015 Wisconsin early trout season may be on the chilly side. The good news, state fisheries biologists say, is that many of the state's top ...

La Crosse Tribune

La Crosse Tribune
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:36:38 -0800

BNSF Railway has every interest in preventing incidents and maintaining our infrastructure so we can operate safely in Wisconsin. Like inspections of our track, we inspect our bridges and maintain them to ensure continued safe operation of trains.


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 ...
La Crosse Tribune
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:54:28 -0700

From the summit, Theler surveys the winding north fork of the Bad Axe River in the valley below, pointing out burial mounds and the site of a village that Effigy Mound people inhabited until around 1050 A.D.. In part because of this view, Theler and ...
La Crosse Tribune
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:03:30 -0700

Jim Theler and his wife, Suzanne Harris, hike up a hill on their property near Viroqua. The couple are restoring the land back to the original state of oak savanna, the landscape that existed before the arrival of European settlers in the 1800s.

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