West Salem, Wisconsin

West Salem is a growing community, located about five miles east of Onalaska.  Best known for its picturesque Lake Neshonoc and the LaCrosse Speedway, this community has some of the top rated schools in the area, as well as the state of Wisconsin.  West Salem is located in west central Wisconsin along Interstate 90, 12 miles east of La Crosse, approximately 165 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota and 280 miles from Chicago, Illinois. 

West Salem is rich in history. Founded by Thomas Leonard in 1851, the village is the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hamlin Garland. Historic points of interest include two octagon homes, Thomas Leonard's colonial-style home (Historic Salem), and the Hamlin Garland Homestead.


The surrounding Coulee Region's bluffs and valleys provide for some of the most scenic areas you will find in western Wisconsin, known as "God's Country." The nearby La Crosse River meanders through forests and farmlands winding its way to the "Mighty Mississippi."

These scenic areas set the stage for exceptional opportunities for recreation, including boating and fishing on Lake Neshonoc, camping and picnicking at Veterans' Memorial Park, biking and hiking on the La Crosse River State Trail and much more...

History...Scenery...and Just Plain Fun!

Visit the Village of West Salem's Website

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Lake Neshonoc

Lake Neshonoc is a popular location for not only area residents, but out of town tourists as well.  The lake hosts fishing tournaments in both the summer and winter - ice fishing - as well as winter hockey tournament, ice racing, plus snowmobile racing.  On its north side is the popular Neshonoc Lakeside Campground and resort, which has permanent sites as well as daily sites.  The campground has pools, cabin rentals, kayak and paddleboat rentals as well.  For more information about Lake Neshonoc Camping, visit the Lake Neshonoc Website.

LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway

The LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway is a paved stock car racing 5/8th mile oval track, with inner 1/4 mile track.  Paved in 1970, the track has continuously operated each year, and in 1989 became a member track in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Hosting events that range from asphalt stock car racing to Friday Night Street Drags - street cars, trucks, cycles and more - it also hosts popular thrill shows with monster trucks, jet cars, fireworks, destruction races, as well as many other stunts.  Its season each year ends with the grandaddy of them all in the upper midwest, the Oktoberfest Race Weekend. 

Events take place on Saturday nights, typically beginning at 7:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.lacrossespeedway.com.