About Us

Located on Lake Onalaska on French Island near the La Crosse Municipal Airport in La Crosse, Wisconsin (3600 Lake Shore Drive, La Crosse, WI). Lake Onalaska Is the head waters of Lock and Dam Number 7 on the Mississippi River. Interactive Pool 7 Maps

Here we not only enjoy the sailing  but also  all the beauty that the river valley has to offer.  With its majestic bluffs, the wildlife and the waterfowl the Mississippi Flyaway brings past us, it is truly picture perfect.


Mailing Address: PO Box 2582 LaCrosse, WI 54602-2582

Physical Address: 3600 Lakeshore Drive French Island LaCrosse, WI 54603 Google Map

Map with depths of the Lake




Some of our activities include handicap keelboat racing using Portsmouth Yardstick and one-design racing with Day Sailer and Laser fleets. Each month during the summer we have a club social:  dinner and moonlight sail. We host workshops to help all sailors, novice to experienced, with their sailing skills.

2017 Membership Brochure...

Photos of LAX Sailing Club boats and sailors by Greg Martin...


aerial shot

Our Facilities

The La Crosse Sailing Club currently accommodates about 90 boats at our club. Of which about 65 are in slips either floating or on lifts. We also have spaces for dry sailing smaller boats on trailers, beach spaces for catamarans and rack spaces for Lasers, Sunfish and other board type boats. Limited transient space is available on a first request basis.

Our Club borders Nelson Park which offers boat ramps, picnic tables, fire pits and playground equipment. Our Club also has a pavilion with tables and gas grill for use by members and guests. Keep in mind, our facility is a club, it is not a marina. This means that we have a dedicated membership that helps maintain the grounds and structures. Our members have accomplished major tasks by working together on projects such as sprinkler systems, plumbing and electrical projects, structural construction, flood damage repair and landscaping.

1896 Maps of the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River valley, under what is now Lake Onalaska was mapped in 1896. See a close up version or the map label.

A Little History

Lake Onalaska started as river bottom land, streams and fields rich with riverboat and Native American folklore. In the mid 1930's when the Lock and Dam systems were built on the upper Mississippi the back waters flooded this land and created the lake. Today the lake is used for many recreational activities such as camping, fishing, hunting and of course sailing.

The La Crosse Sailing Club was formed in the early 1950's by a few hardy Snipe racers. It has developed into a facility with approximately 100 family memberships and monthly social events, weekly racing, frequent regattas and good times daily.

Russ Aldrich, one of the charter members of the LAX Sailing Club provided us with More History...



In 1994 more pelican poles were installed during a winter workday to create more slips for larger boats...