The LaRiviere Riders, Inc. Saddle Club was formed to preserve and enhance the LaRiviere Horse Park in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.   The Riders Club leases the LaRiviere Horse Park from the City of Prairie du Chien for horse camping and trail riding.   Volunteered time and donated funds are used strictly to manage and maintain the park and adjoining trails.  Many of the trails are through private property which we are generously permitted to ride on.  It’s important that everyone be courteous of the land owner’s rights.

Our mission is to increase public awareness  and promote the presence and availability of the LaRiviere Horse Park for future generations, offer quality riding areas, the opportunity to observe nature, and emphasize on affordable  and safe family oriented horse related activities and camping.

Membership Form    Map of the Park    Park Use Registration Form


Park Notices:

February 22, 2013:
Bi-Annual Meeting Noon-Potluck-Bridgeport Fire Station(across from Piggly Wiggly-PDC).

May 10, 2014:
Open House 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

June 20-22, 2014:
Rider Appreciation Weekend

August 30-31, September 1, 2014:
Rider Appreciation Weekend

Trails:  Many trails are on private property, so please do not ride where there is not a trail.

Self Registration:  Our State approved camping license requires registration of all campers.  Please see the form at this link: Park Use Registration Form. This information is used only for safety and grant purposes.  Forms and a drop box are provided in the kiosk at the south entrance of the horse camp near the donation tube. Membership forms will also be made available in the same area. Camping is FIRST COME FIRST SERVED, there are no reservations. Be sure to complete your registration form, there will be a prize at the end of the riding season.

Manure Pits:  Manure must be put in the holding areas provided.  More areas are scheduled to be added in 2011.  The manure forks are stenciled, Horse Park, but if you find you’ve mistakenly taken one home with you, we appreciate their return.

Portable Pens:  Portable pens are not allowed.  Corrals, hitching rails and picket lines are provided.

Dogs:  Dogs must be leashed in the campground and Park trails, at all times.  This has become a concern of the campers and Riders, Inc. and will be enforced.

Speed Limit:  10 MPH speed limit signs have been posted.  With the increased use of the campground, it has become necessary.

Members strive to conserve the natural resources and enhance the environment by improving good trail maintenance techniques.  One member attended a Horse Council sponsored trail improvement class and is a certified in trail improvement and maintenance.  He generously shares his knowledge to target areas that challenge the impact of high trail use, maximizing the benefits of the experienced talents of volunteers. We attempt to minimize the adverse impacts on the agricultural and recreational properties used for the horse trails within and around the Park area. Improvements have been made and will continue to be made to the park by sharing the knowledge of the members.  See the Membership tab to become a member of the LaRiviere Riders, Inc.  Membership is $10 per family per year (one mailing per address).  Your continued support is welcomed and needed to maintain this wonderful place to ride.

The riders experience the many wonders of nature as the trails take them through the woods to open fields and many hills and valleys. Some trails are not marked, and several can be rather challenging to the inexperienced rider.  Trail signage and maps are in the works.  We strive to provide an affordable opportunity for families with horses to share their experiences.  Through the generous donations of horse campers, various grants that become available, and volunteers, the LaRiviere Riders, Inc. has been able to maintain and improve the horse park.

The park opens sometime in April, weather depending, and closes the 2nd weekend in November.  Some private property trails are closed the end of October for deer hunting.  Notices will be posted and signs will be out to indicate which trails are closed for the season.  We ask that closed trail signs be acknowledged, they are closed for a reason.

The club officers and board of directors meet monthly to discuss issues that arise.  Projects for improvements are decided by the Officers & Board of Directors as funding and grants become available.  Specific improvements and concerns are always welcome to be presented to the Board for review, however, some improvements and changes do require approval of the City Park Board.

Prairie du Chien is a short drive from the Park and offers a variety of amenities, include shopping, fine dining, fast foods, grocery stores , gambling casino, movie theater, bowling alley, hospital, sporting goods, and historical attractions, just to mention a few.

Park amenities:
First come first serve campsites
Electrical hook ups and primitive areas
Well water hydrant for drinking water
Automatic waterer for horses
Picket lines, corrals, and hitching rails
Picnic tables and fire rings
Manure pits, wheel barrows, pitch forks
Two shelters for picnicking
Trash dumpsters
Pit toilets

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