The Knob Shelter

Located end of Wisconsin Ridge camp ground overlooking Wisconsin River.

Point Lookout Shelter

Scenic shelter at Lookout Point

Peterson Shelter

Located at Wisconsin Ridge

Green Cloud Picnic Shelter

Located near Passenger Pigeon monument.

Homestead Picnic Shelter

Located near Homestead Camgound.

Hennegar Point Shelterr

Located at farthest southern point of park.

The Fall Season

The Friends of Wyalusing State park Concession Stand continues to be open each weekend.  The Concession Stand strives to stay open through Columbus Day weekend, Monday, October 13, 2014, unless the threat of freezing temps forces it to close. When the Park staff turn the water off at Wisconsin State Campground, the Concession Stand officially closes for the season.

Hours of Operation
Friday 5PM-8PM
Saturday 8AM-8PM
Sunday 8AM-2PM
Campers can still purchase wood and ice at the Concession Stand. In an effort to control over inventory, ice supplies will not be replenished. There is also a limited supply of candy, ice cream, soda pop, and general camper supplies. Canoes will still be available. When the Concession Stand is closed, please see the Wisconsin Ridge Campground host for wood, ice and canoe rental. In addition, the Homestead Campground host will provide wood.
The Concession Stand has a limited supply of T-Shirts and sweatshirts. the sweatshirt. Clothing can also be purchased at the visitor center.
The Spirits of Wyalusing State Park will be held on the last Saturday of September. The hours of operation for that weekend are:
Spirits of Wyalusing Concession Stand hours.
Friday 3PM-8PM
Saturday 8AM-6PM
Sunday 8AM-4PM

The Friends of Wyalusing State Park and the Concession Stand staff thanks all park visitors for helping to make 2014 a success. All profits from the Stand are returned to the park for special projects.

Brush Eating Goats Eat Their way Through Parts of Wyalusing State Park

Goats Eating their Way Through Wyalusing State Park
  Hazelton Brush Goats are literally eating their way through part of Wyalusing State Park. In cooperation with Driftless Land Stewarship, LLC, about 20 acres of wooded brush is being “managed” by 75 hungry goats. An electrified three-foot fence surrounds the area between the Paul Lawrence Interpretive Center and the Outdoor Group Camp.
Hazelton Goats eat Canada Goldenrod, Garlic mustard, Prickly ash, Reed Canary Grass, Dewberry, Multiflora Rose, Canada Thistle, Red Cedar, buckthorn honeysuckle, etc. Basically everything within reach, even while standing on its hind feet. “The herd will clear the area of this size within a month”, said a Driftless Land Stwardship, LLC employee. Goats eat 25 percent of their body weight each day.
Managing the grazing area helps to expose previously shaded areas to the sun, thus, restoring to natural prairie.  Driftless Land Stewardship staff installed solar powered electrical fencing,  watering area and shelter.  The fence keeps the goats in and predators out.  Coyotes and domestic dogs are probably the most common predators.
Goats are smoke-free, solar powered, and a quiet alternative to prescribed burning, brush mowing and herbicides. Goats have a narrow, triangular mouth that allows them to crush what they eat, so seeds that might otherwise get passed through to fertilization are not viable. This is a true advantage, since machine cutting only encourages further growth in the next growth cycle. Goats have special enzymes in their guts that allow them to eat plants that are poisonous to other animals.
“Even if a few of the goats should escape, they will stay within the area, close to the herd, shelter and water”, said the herd manager, Jaye Maxfield.  Mansfield is co-owner, ecologist and rx Fire director for Driftless Land Stewardship. The other co-owner is Jesse Bennet. Bennet was raised in Bagley, Wi. Driftless Land Stewardship, LLC has been in this area since its formation, in 2006.
Visit Wyalusing State Park frequently to check the goats’ progress in clearing this plot of land. Of course, you can also check the progress on this blog and facebook.
Additional photos.


imagesCounty Road C, from Hwy 18 is under construction Starting July 29. The Grant County highway dept. advised that the old blacktop is currently being pulverized. The machine is just too wide to allow traffic on the road. Pulverizing, hopefully, will be completed by the weekend.

If all goes well, travel will be permitted on County Rd C for the weekend. However, the road bed will be pulverized blacktop which will be difficult to remove from autos and RV’s.

Next week, blacktopping will commence. Hopefully, it will take a week.

For most people, the detour will be the best choice. It will add 20-30 minutes travel time if coming from the East.  Here is Detour Map. Follow Green Line .

The detour is a bit hilly, but it is all blacktop. Just take your time and enjoy the journey. You’re on vacation! The journey to Wyalusing State Park is worth a few extra miles and a few extra hills.


g16The Friends of Wyalusing invite all to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 7oth Birthday at Wyalusing State Park. The Birthday party will be on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 6:00PM-7:00PM.  Celebrations begin with a parade led by Smokey Bear. All area children and campers are invited to participate in the parade, either on foot, bicycle, scooter, or stroller.  The parade starts and ends at the Peterson Shelter located at the entrance to the Wisconsin Ridge Campground.
In addition to the parade, the true story of Smokey Bear will be told.  Children can play “Pin the Hat on Smokey”.  Children can sit with Smokey for photos.  Refreshments will be provided, including a Smokey Bear Birthday Cake and cookies, donated by Ma’s Bakery of Bloomington. 
Bruce Klang, president of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park,  encourages local residents to pack a picnic supper and spend an evening at one of Wisconsin’s most scenic state parks.  “The festivities should conclude just in time to watch the sun set from the beautiful bluffs high above the Mississippi River”, added Randy Paske, vice president of the organization.
A state park admission sticker is required on all vehicles.  For more information, please call Wyalusing State Park Office at 608-996-2261 or visit our website at

Wyalusing State Park Water Trail

Wyalusing State Park Water Trail (Download Water Trail Brochure)
Glide across Glenn Lake, into narrow backwater streams connecting the Woodyard Slough, and onto the open waters of the Mississippi River. The canoe/kayak water trail offers a unique way to see the waterfowl, aquatic plants, an diverse animal life of the river bottom lands.

The canoe/kayak water trail is a loop of a little less than six miles. It begins and ends at the Wyalusing State Park boat landing. Taking the entire loop does require some paddling effort. Wear a life jacket (Personal Flotation Device) at all times.

The water trail is marked with signs posted on the shore or trees at every major.

In most cases, look for blue and white trail signs. There are a few brown and white signs along the way. There are no signs at the end of sloughs leading back to the canoe trail.

The first half of the trip is 'upstream' from the boat landing through Glenn Lake into Woodyard Slough. The current is generally slow with a few exceptions in narrow parts of the stream.

At several points along the water trail, logs and branches may appear to block the trail. There should be a small opening. Wyalusing State Park staff maintains the trail with openings just wide enough for canoes and kayaks to pass through, but too small for motorized pleasure craft. Should a tree be completely blocking the trail, please mark the spot on the paper map and inform the park staff at the office.

The second half of the canoe trip, from the entrance to the Mississippi River and back to the boat landing, may prove the most stressful for the novice. Staying close to the east shore of the Mississippi River is strongly advised. Wakes from pleasure boats as well as barges can not be avoided. Turning into the waves before they reach the canoe/kayak is advisable. Barges tend to make the largest wakes. However, a few pleasure craft can produce surprisingly large wakes as well.

A Mississippi river daymarker used for barge traffic navigation. Colors may be red and white, also.

Watch for first 'daymarker' on the east side of the river bank. About three tenths of a mile, turn left to go back to the boat landing. Incidently, if you see a second daymarker you have gone too far!!!

Once again, the canoer/kayaker will have to be on the lookout for pleasure craft wakes. This is a narrow water way. The wave reaches the canoe/kayak faster than in the Mississippi River. The paddler will have to paddle upstream.

The trip usually takes three to three and one-half hours. Take your time and enjoy the sites.

Water Trail map. View numbered sections below.

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Water Trail map. View numbered sections below.
Map Key:
All Maps (All Sections)

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Section 1 Boat landing through Glenn Lake to Water Trail Entrance. (Section 1)
Section 2 Glenn Lake to Woodyard Slough (Section 2)
Section 3 Woodyard Slough to Mississippi River (Section 3)
Section 4 Mississippi River (Section 4)
Section 5 Mississippi River. Watch for Daymarker. (Section 5)
Section 6 From Mississippi River towards boat landing (Section 6)
Section 7 Along Tracks to Boat landing (Section 7)

Future Blog Topics:
Guided Water Trail with Bruce Klang
Flora and Fauna - The Water Trail.

Harv Peterson Shelter Renovations Being Completed After 76 Years

photo 2The steps, located on the southwest corner of the Peterson Shelter, are being re-leveled. The Harv Peterson Shelter, was originally started by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the later part of the 1930’s. At that time, just the masonry work was completed. In 1937, the  men of Camp Nelson Dewey were dismissed. The shelter remained unfinished.

In the spring of 1938, WPA workers arrived at Nelson Dewey State Park (Wyalusing State Park). The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was the largest and most ambitious of Roosevelt’s New Deal.  The first task for the WPA was to complete the roof of the Peterson Shelter.

Today, some 75 years later, local masons are putting the final touches on the renovation of the Peterson Shelter. A few new stones are being added for the steps. The stones are quarried from the same stone quarry used by the CCC.  Prior to 2014, new electrical service was installed, partially paid for by the Friends of Wyalusing. The building was acid photo 3washed, re-tuck pointed, fireplaces repaired, the west stone floor was re-leveled, and eve troughs and down spouts were added.

Harvard Peterson was a Civilian Conservation Corps Engineer in charge of building the “Combination Building”. He was also the park’s second superintendent.  (Right-Stepping stones  laid out.)