The official Mississippi river gauge at La Crosse /LACW3/ on Isle La Plume is malfunctioning. It is hoped that repairs will be made this week.
Upstream from Isle La Plume, the gauge at Riverside Park in La Crosse is reporting normally. In the image above, the readings from the Riverside Park gauge are in blue, while the readings from the gauge at the water treatment facility on Isle la Plume are in yellow. These readings should be reading almost exactly the same. For the latest river readings, refer to our Hourly River Stages webpage and use the La Crosse - Riverside (LAXW3) reading.
If you have recreational plans on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, please be aware of the gauge descrepancy, and use caution. At stages closer to the 5 foot level, many of the wing dams on either side of the main channel become close enough to the water surface that they could be hit by boaters.