Everything You Need to Know About French Island, WI


When you visit La Crosse, Wisconsin, there is one thing you absolutely can’t miss, and it is French Island, WI. This area of town was first built by French settlers in the mid-1800’s and has now become a lovely area where you can spend time with your loved ones. With lots of quaint cafes, shops, restaurants, and beaches, it’s an ideal place to go during your weekend getaway. Unwind and have fun with the people you love most in French Island, WI, and discover another side of La Crosse! Don’t wait another second. Start planning your trip at the Westby House Inn and get ready for an unforgettable vacation!


Learn more about all the unique activities around La Crosse, WI, when you download our free Vacation Guide! Discover our top local recommendations for outdoor adventures, fun events, delicious restaurants, and more! Spend an exciting weekend discovering French Island, WI and make your stay even more unique at Westby House Inn!


Spend a Day Exploring French Island, WI


Parks and Beaches

French Island is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River and Lake Onalaska. It’s located east of the La Crosse River. The area’s name is a testimony to the numerous French settlers who arrived in La Crosse in 1849, including the very first one, Xavier Goyette. Before the 1800’s, the island was a hunting and fishing ground for the surrounding Native American tribes and is still a popular spot for fishermen and hunters to this day.


French Island is five miles long and one mile wide. If you want to relax and explore the surrounding nature, go for a walk and catch some sun at Black River Beach. It’s a fabulous place for the entire family. And for fishing addicts, it’s considered one of the best places in town! If you are visiting during the summer, bring a towel or chair and enjoy a water ski show with your family. They’re held every week at Airport Beach in French Island from mid-June to mid-august.


Restaurants and Bars


Tom Sawyer’s Bar & Grill


Enjoy a beautiful view of the water from the deck of Tom Sawyer’s Bar & Grill. The early morning light is perfect for a picturesque breakfast. Tom Sawyer’s pancakes are a local favorite as well as their delicious omelets. If you prefer an afternoon delight, the lunch selection is as fresh and tasty! Make sure you order their ham & grilled cheese with a cup of homemade chili, or try the club wrap. It will give you energy for the rest of the day!


Tip: Don’t miss sunset at Tom Sawyer’s! Diners can sit on the deck and admire the mesmerizing orange and purple colors while sipping a cold craft beer.


Huck Finn’s On The Water


One of the tastiest places in French Island and La Crosse, Huck Finn’s On the Water offers outdoor seating and peaceful views of the forest on the horizon. If you’re stopping in for lunch, we recommend the artichoke dip and the chicken tortilla soup. They are to die for! For a fun happy hour, try a mojito. We guarantee it will be one of the freshest drinks you’ll ever taste.


Have a Restful Weekend at Westby House Inn

French Island, WIAfter spending the day in French Island, WI, come home to one of our comfortable rooms at Westby House Inn. Our luxurious and authentic amenities will help you sit back and relax while enjoying some true Midwest hospitality.

The Atrium Guesthouse is like a little home you can nestle in after all your adventures. Relax in the Jacuzzi double whirlpool tub in your private bathroom and cozy up by the fireplace with a glass of wine in hand. Lay in the soft feather queen bed and wake up the next morning to a delicious homemade breakfast.

Book your room today and have a magical stay at the Westby House Inn!