The Mississippi is far from the only show in town, however. Within a short drive of La Crosse are some 600 miles of trout streams, ranging from seldom-fished springs to small rivers holding trophy trout. The action for browns, rainbows, and native brook trout has led many anglers to dub the region the Montana of the Midwest, with one qualifier: You won't see mountains like those in Big Sky country. But then, you won't see as many neoprene-clad rod wavers, either. For more information, contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (608-785-9009; www.dnr.state.wi.us).