The Town of Shelby is an unincorporated municipality located in the southwest corner of La Crosse County, just south and east of the City of La Crosse along the banks of the Mississippi River. The sloughs and bayous along its western boundary and a range of bluffs, which cross the town from north to south, provide some of the most scenic views in the area. Wildlife abounds and recreational opportunities range from camping and canoeing at Goose Island Park to skiing at Mount La Crosse.
An elected 5-person Town Board governs this town of 4,824 residents with the assistance of a Town Administrator and an appointed Clerk and Treasurer. Its unique landscape and proximity to an urban center make it a prime location for residential development. Planned growth is directed by the Town's long-range land use plan, which was developed in conjunction with a countywide plan.
The vision statement of the Shelby Town Plan reads: "We foresee our Town to be both urban and rural in character providing a pleasant living environment for our residents. We want sound programs in place to maintain the rural agricultural character and to direct new development to those areas that are already urban in character and conform to a Town plan."