Directions/Getting to Kinstone

Kinstone Circle shortly after the stones were raised (photo dated Nov 2011)
Kinstone Circle shortly after the stones were raised (photo dated Nov 2011)

Kinstone and Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture are located outside of Fountain City, Wisconsin on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, across from Winona, Minnesota.

Kinstone is just a short 30 minute drive from LaCrosse, WI, 2.5 hours from the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area; 3 hours from Madison; and 5 hours from Chicago.

S3439 Cole Bluff Lane
Fountain City, WI 54629

Kinstone encourages all students and visitors to utilize transit services that reduce carbon emissions. There are multiple transportation options including planes, trains, buses and shuttles to choose from.

The Best Ways to Get to Kinstone ~ By Air, Train, Bus or Car

Get to Winona, Minnesota and you are almost there! Kinstone provides limited scheduled transportation from the Winona Amtrak station, the Winona bus station, and the Winona Go Carefree Shuttle drop-off location. Winona is just 10 minutes from Kinstone by car. Please note that any information on this page – especially the specifics on times and schedules and availability of various transportation modes provided may not be current. Please contact the airlines, trains, buses, shuttles, taxis, and hotels directly for verification of schedules, locations, and availability.

By Air

The nearest airports to Kinstone are:

  • La Crosse, WI (LSE)  – about 30 minutes away by car
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP) – about 2.5 hours away by car; shuttle available via Go Carefree Shuttle (see below)

Kinstone provides limited scheduled transportation from the La Crosse airport (LSE) by prior arrangement. Contact us to inquire if an appropriate arrangement can be made with your transportation schedule.

International students are welcome!  Approximate Distance (air mileage) from these international locations:

Dublin, Ireland   3700 miles
Helsinki, Finland   4400 miles
Sau Paulo, Brazil   5500 miles
Shanghai, China   6700 miles
New Dehli, India   7300 miles
Cape Town, South Africa   8800 miles
Sydney, Australia   9000 miles
Perth, Australia 10,600 miles

By Train

Winona, MN has an Amtrak station. The train is an easy way to get to Kinstone from Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Fargo – or from any destination that Amtrak serves.

65 East Mark Street
Winona, MN 55987
Amtrak’s Empire Builder Route
Departs east for La Crosse, Milwaukee, Chicago DAILY at 10:11am
Departs west for Minneapolis/St. Paul, Fargo DAILY at 7:50pm

Kinstone provides limited scheduled transportation from the Winona Amtrak station to Kinstone. Contact us for details.

By Bus / Shuttle

Jefferson Bus Lines
Departs daily to St. Paul, Minneapolis, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee
Go Carefree Shuttle
Six departures daily to La Crosse, Rochester, and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP) 
608-781-5181 or
888-781-5181 (toll free)

Kinstone provides limited scheduled transportation between Winona and Kinstone. Contact us for details.

By Car

Approximate Mileage/Driving Time Estimates (listed in order of distance away)

LaCrosse, WI   30 miles; 35 minutes
Eau Claire, WI   62 miles; 1 hour & 25 minutes
Minneapolis/St Paul Airport  115 miles; 2 hours & 20 minutes
Madison, WI  172 miles; 3 hours
Milwaukee, WI  240 miles; 4 hours
Chicago, IL  315 miles; 5 hours
Burlington, VT 1200 miles; 20 hours (with 5 hours of rest)
Fort Myers, FL 1600 miles; 23 hours (with 5.5 hours of rest)
Phoenix, AZ 1650 miles; 25 hours (with 6 hours of rest)
Seattle, WA 1800 miles; 26 hours (with 6 hours of rest)
Anchorage, AL 3281 miles; 59 hours (with 14 hours of rest)


There is a designated parking area at Kinstone. When you arrive, please look for signage and follow posted directions.

Driving Directions

Although you may opt to use your GPS or favorite maps program to find Kinstone, you can find general directions from various starting points at the following links; especially note the  specific, turn-by-turn directions once you reach the nearby cities of Fountain City or Winona:

 Taxis may be an option for you for getting around Winona

  • Yellow Cab Company: (507) 452-3331
  • Economy Cab: (507) 454-7433

Ride Share

We recognize that students may be arriving from adjacent locations. We encourage ride-sharing and coordinated transportation. Contact us if you would like to attempt to coordinate travel plans with other students.

Travel safely! We look forward to seeing you at Kinstone soon!