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Jack in the Pulpit

Wild Violets?

Torch Lit Hike

Harvest-fest 2019 Cancelled

The Friends of Wyalusing State Park regrettably announce that HarvestFest 2019 is canceled. That means the free pumpkin carving, live music by local musicians, the silent auction, and the torch lit trail walk is also is canceled for 2019.

The switch from Reserve America to the new Camis Park reservation system caught us off guard. Previously, all shelters in the park and the indoor group camp reservation system was handled by Wyalusing Park staff. There was no cost to the Friends of Wyalusing for the reservations.

The switch to Camis Park reservations occurred in January of 2019. In addition to regular campground reservations, Camis also handled reservations for park amenities - Shelters. The new system requires a payment of $45.00 to reserve the shelter. The Peterson Shelter was reserved for the last Saturday in September by another party. The party was contacted, and quite understandably would not change the date.

Harvestfest 2019 frequently brings in 150-200 people. The Peterson Shelter is the only shelter large enough to handle that many people. The event is also dependant on the weather.

The Friends of Wyalusing regrettably made the decision to cancel the event early so that families who have made plans to attend become aware of the cancellation.

We are looking forward to Harvestfest 2020!

Letter from FOW President - Bruce Klang

Dear Friends,

It’s the end of August already and summer 2019 is drawing to a close at Wyalusing. The Friends of Wyalusing State Park is finishing up another year of service to your park. 

With the help from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and money from our endowment fund with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, we were able to provide a summer naturalist at the park. Kathryn Porter was hired by the DNR with this funding assistance and her programs were well received. We hope she will consider applying again in 2020. 

The season was not without issues however. We cancelled the harvest festival due to not being able to secure the Peterson Shelter in time under the new reservation system. River flooding hampered canoe rentals from the concession stand operated by the Friends group for much of the season. However, Pam and Randy Dressler and all of the staff at the concession did a spectacular job. A big thank you to them for all of the hard work. Stop by and see the new products they have to offer. 

We were able to provide some flowering trees this year for the park with some financial assistance from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. The emphasis this year was on helping our native pollinators. 

We were able to provide new fire rings for the campsites within the park as part of a cooperative program with the DNR. 

In addition to the naturalist programs and assisting with DNR programs at the park, the Friends sponsored some of our usual programs and hikes. Smokey’s 75th birthday bash was a big hit with children of all ages. We are helping out with the hummingbird banding program. This year we also had a new program called Shakespeare in the Park put on by the Summit players Theater group. It went well and we are in the process for a repeat in 2020. Visit the website at and see all the great pictures and coverage of all the things happening at the park. 

A very special thanks to Randy Paske for maintaining this great web presence for the group. 

All in all, 2019 was a good year. On behalf of your 2019 Board of Directors, Randy and Kathy Paske, Kelly Renner, Kay Schmitz, Ruth Klang and myself, we would like to thank all the dedicated volunteers that help with events as well as those who help the Friends of Wyalusing State Park with their financial support.

The planning has already begun for 2020. Many things are already in motion for next year. On October 14, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the Peterson Shelter Building at the park we will hold our annual general meeting. This is your opportunity to elect the new board of directors for 2020. From the current board, Kathy Paske and Kay Schmitz have chosen not to seek re-election. Not to worry, two new faces have emerged ready to help. Lindsey Stratton and Matt Martin have expressed interest in board positions, and will be included on the October ballot. If there are others out there who wish to become a member of the board please let me or any of the current officers know as soon as possible so that we will have you on the ballot for October. Or feel free to bring us your suggestions, ideas or of course financial assistance. After the general meeting, the new board will meet to select officers for 2020 from within their group. All 2019 officers, President - Bruce Klang, Vice President /Treasurer - Randy Paske and Secretary - Kelly Renner, have indicated that they are willing to serve another term. However, that is up to the new board of directors.

Whatever the future may hold. I want to thank you the members of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park for your continued support of this great organization.

Bruce L. Klang

President – Friends of Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing Naturalist Leaves for College - Thank you Kathryn

Out of all the state parks in Wisconsin, I could not be more grateful to have gotten the chance to work at Wyalusing all summer. The amazing views, beautiful trails, and friendly campers made my experience here as the park Naturalist all the more rewarding. From the Freshwater Mussel to the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, I have enjoyed not only learning about Wisconsin’s beautiful flora and fauna but having the incredible opportunity to teach and share this information with others as well. I want to extend a massive thank you to the Friends of Wyalusing Group for giving me the opportunity to learn and grow as both an individual and environmentalist and for allowing me to truly make the most of my summer!
Thanks again for all you do, it’s been great working with you (and all the Friends ) this summer!



Thank you Friends of Wisconsin State Parks!

Thank you FWSP for the $125.00 trees and flowers grant. We were pleasantly surprised by the extra amount. The Friends of Wyalusing State Park have purchased 3 flowering trees to enhance the new toilet/shower facility at Wyalusing. Total cost $220.46 thanks to a generous discount for Nelson's True Value in Prairie du Chien that enabled us to purchase the third tree. These trees will hopefully provide beauty and many years of flowers for generations of our wild pollinators. The wet spring has made for good planting weather and they are off to a great start.

Attached are a couple of photos of the planted trees. I think they accentuate the new building nicely.

Thank you again for all you do for our Wisconsin State Parks.

Bruce Klang
Friends of Wyalusing State Park