About Monroe County
Monroe County is located in Southwest Wisconsin. We are centrally located to almost every major metropolitan area in the upper Midwest. Accessibility is excellent and our quality of life is second to none.
Businesses not only succeed here but they make it their permanent home! Watch and learn what Monroe County is all about. We know that you will "go" to Monroe County and enjoy successes like the many businesses and industries have seen for many, many years.
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Close to major metro areas!
- La Crosse, WI -- 36 miles
- Madison, WI -- 116 miles
- Milwaukee, WI -- 184 miles
- Green Bay, WI -- 175 miles
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- 173 miles
- Rochester, MN -- 99 miles
- Chicago, IL -- 255 miles
- Des Moines, IA -- 299 miles
Driftless Region > what does this mean?
The Driftless Area is a region in southwestern Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, and the extreme northwestern corner of Illinois, of the American Midwest. The region escaped the flattening effects of glaciation during the last ice age and is consequently characterized by steep, forested ridges, deeply carved river valleys, and karst geology characterized by spring-fed waterfalls and cold-water trout streams. Ecologically, the Driftless Area's flora and fauna are more closely related to those of the Great Lakes region and New England than those of the broader Midwest and central Plains regions. Colloquially, the term includes the incised Paleozoic Plateau of southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. The region includes elevations ranging from 603 to 1,719 feet (184 to 524 m) at Blue Mound State Park, and covers 24,000 square miles (62,200 km2). The rugged terrain is due both to the lack of glacial deposits, or drift, and to the incision of the upper Mississippi River and its tributaries into bedrock.
An alternative, less restrictive definition of the Driftless Area includes the sand Plains region northeast of Wisconsin's portion of the incised Paleozoic Plateau in the southwestern part of the state. This part of the Driftless Area in the southwestern section of Wisconsin's Central Plain also lacks evidence of glaciation (although it was modified by glacial meltwaters that collected in Glacial Lake Wisconsin), and contains many isolated hills, bluffs, mesas, buttes, and pinnacles that are outlying eroded Cambrian bedrock remnants of the plateau to the southwest.
About Wisconsin’s Driftless Area & Towns