Nelson, WI

Nestled Between the Majestic Bluffs of the Mississippi River

Nelson is a small village nestled between the majestic bluffs of the Mississippi River Valley and the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Nelson is connected to other communities by two Wisconsin state highways.
Visitors can take Highway 25 into town from Minnesota and the nearby bridge in Wabasha, or hop on Highway 35 to head north or south along the river in Wisconsin. Love the outdoors? Check out the great fishing and wildlife viewing as you pass through the backwaters along Highway 25.
Nelson is a small town “on the grow” with several new family-owned businesses starting up alongside established shops and restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood to shop for gifts or antiques, Nelson has the variety you’re looking for. When you’re hungry, Nelson is a great place to grab a bite to eat – everything from pizza to barbecue. And don’t forget to stop for an ice cream cone or some of Nelson’s famous cheese curds to take home and share with family and friends.
Nelson’s location makes it the perfect place for those into hunting, fishing and simply admiring the beautiful outdoors. There’s plenty of river access from public and private locations, and boat rental opportunities. All types of birds including eagles known to winter in the area. We know you’re going to love the small-town charm of Nelson and encourage you to come and visit for a day or two – or longer!

  • The Nelson Bottoms area has every kind of fish, bird and animal,
  • The walleye in and around Nelson are amazing. Nelson is known as the home of the smallmouth bass, the northern run up to muskie size, and huge largemouth bass.
  • Nelson’s Castleberg Park has a shelter perfect for picnic lunches
  • Next to the village is an area three miles wide and 10 miles long – of virgin forest and water, practically untouched by civilization. This area, known as Tiffany Bottoms, is a sportsperson’s paradise. This huge section of backwater adjoining the Mississippi has thousands of acres of woods where deer abound. Walking trails and canoeing are available
  • Flood Run Motorcycle Rides. April 17-18 and September 18-19.