Named after E.D. Campbell, former lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, the town of Campbell, which is located just north of the City of La Crosse, was settled in 1851.

Joseph French, one of the earliest settlers of the town of Campbell, arrived in May of 1851. His family migrated from Leicestershire, England. Settlers followed, identified as French Canadians with names such as Goyette, Richmond, Assland, Pierce, LaVolle, La Belle, Dawson and La Fluer are but a few listed on the old tax rolls. Many farms were located on the island and sawmills were built along the Black River.

In the late 1840’s the Town of Campbell extended North to the town of Onalaska, Northeast to the town of Hamilton, Southwest to the town of Barre, and South to the town of Shelby.

Today, the Town of Campbell is made up of an island lying between the Mississippi and Black Rivers and is home to approximately 4,232 residents. French Island’s natural geographical features allow for an abundance of pleasure boating, beaches for camping and daytime recreation not to mention fishing in the backwaters.

Area celebrations include the Deke Slayton AirFest, Riverfest, and Oktoberfest in neighboring La Crosse.

We look forward to your visit and wish to welcome you to the Town of Campbell.