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.

Spirits of Wyalusing - 2014

The Friends of Wyalusing State Park invites the public on Saturday evening, September 27, 2014, for an adventure into history. The Spirits of Wyalusing Past is an annual event sponsored by the Friends of Wyalusing. It begins at 7:00 PM in the Peterson Shelter. The event is free, however any vehicle entering the park will need a Wisconsin State Parks sticker. Stickers can be purchased at the park Visitor Center the day of the event.

Interesting, colorful, historical tid-bits of the area will be presented by 'Spirits of Wyalusing Past'. The spirits will be located near a 500 foot bluff, overlooking the night lights of Prairie du Chien, and the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.

Participants will need to be able to walk about 0.5 miles along a path lit by torches and hand-carved, lighted pumpkins. The pathway includes a few steps. Guides will walk along with each group lending assistance when needed.

A silent auction featuring quality hand-made items will also be held during the event. Included are one-of-a-kind, hand-made quilt with photos from Wyalusing State Park.

Free refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event. The Friends of Wyalusing use funds raised from the event to assist with park projects as well as the Friends of Wyalusing Endowment fund. For more information, call the park office at (609)996-2261 with questions or visit the Friends of Wyalusing web site at www.wyalusing.org. This event may be postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather. Last year's Spirits of Wyalusing Past was attended by over 250 people.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit http://www.wyalusingfriends.org or call the Park Office at (609)996-2261


*Photos from Spirits of Wyalusing Past

THE PASSENGER PIGEON'S EXTINCTION: LESSONS FROM THE PAST FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE*

woodcarvngPeterson Shelter

Program and  Award Winning Movie “From Billions to None”

Saturday, October 4, 2014

10:00AM- noon

Wyalusing State Park

With Professor Emeritus Stan Temple, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, once the most abundant bird in North America, due to unregulated commercial hunting. Wisconsin has played a recurring and significant role in the passenger pigeon story. Learn more about the passenger pigeon, the Wisconsin connections and the lessons to be learned from the tragedy. Following a talk at the Peterson Shelter, Temple will lead a group to the park's Passenger Pigeon Monument and share the story of that famous memorial, including its connection to Wisconsin conservationist Aldo Leopold.

Stanley A. Temple

Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation, University of Wisconsin and Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation

Website: http://passengerpigeon.org/everyoneinvolved.html#

"Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works." Carl Sagan

Vehicle Park admission sticker may be purchased at park entrance

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.

DETOUR!!!!!!

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 https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zKEyvdasbLs0.kEUjop4ucsAw .

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.