Alma is one of many historic river towns along the Great River Road, a road that follows the course of the Mississippi River through ten U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. The stretch that passes through Alma is designated a National Scenic Byway - a road recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for its archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational or scenic qualities.

Downtown Alma has several shops, galleries, gift shops and Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center. There are restaurants and a restored bakery as well as many lodging options housed in a variety of fascinating 19th-century waterfront buildings.

Historic Alma is a wonderful stop on the Great River Road/National Scenic Byway, perched on a narrow strip of land between the Mississippi River and 500-foot limestone bluffs. The historic river town of less than 1,000 is only two streets wide and has 12 stairstep streets connecting Main Street to 2nd Street.  Alma is listed on America's National Register of Historic Places because of its preservation of waterfront nineteenth century buildings built into the river bluffs in the style of a European village (a carryover from the city's original Swiss and German settlers).

Alma has a courtesy dock downtown for boaters, boat ramps at both the north and south ends of town, two full service marinas with house boat rentals, a fishing float and a 300-foot sand swimming beach along the river equipped with a lifeguard during the summer season. Visit Buena Vista Park, atop the bluffs 500 feet above the river. The park has picnic areas and some of the most spectacular views found on the Upper Mississippi. Below Lock and Dam #4, during the winter, in the open water area there are times you can see 50-100 Bald Eagles.

Right in the heart of the town is Lock and Dam No. 4. It has observation areas with close views of lock operations and a large parking area. The Great Alma Fishing Float has been an attraction to fishermen for years, and is particularly popular during the annual walleye run. It is located next to Lock & Dam Number 4 on the Mississippi River. The Upper Mississippi River Fish & Wildlife Reserve is a major nesting ground for bald eagles that can be observed with great frequency from Alma's riverbank and the Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center.

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110 N Main Street

P.O. Box 191

Alma, WI  54610


110 N Main Street Alma WI 54610 USA




Wings Over Alma
Nature & Art Center
110 N Main Street
P.O. Box 191
Alma, Wisconsin 54610

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