Wyalusing State Park Candlelight Hike

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Wyalusing State Park Candlelight Hike

Saturday, February 17

6 PM - 9 PM

Huser Observatory

Meeting place: Huser Observatory. located just past the main entrance. Hike or Snowshoe part of the Whitetails Meadow Trail, then enjoy hot chocolate and treats near a toasty bonfire! Heated building and restrooms are nearby. Vehicle admission required.

Welcome to Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park is located over 500 feet above the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin River. The park contains 2600 acres including stunning bluff views, river wetlands, bluff-top forests, and home to hundreds of species of plants and animals including 284 distinct bird species.
The logo for Wyalusing State Park and The Friends of Wyalusing State Park features the Kentucky Warbler and Chinquapin Oak tree.
Within the park boundaries, three threatened species: Cerulean and Kentucky Warbler and Acadian Flycatcher can be seen throughout the summer. All are more southern species that nest along the steep slopes of this park.
During the spring and summer, the rolling song of the Kentucky Warbler can be heard throughout the forests. The Kentucky Warbler spends most of its time on the ground in moist, leafy woodlands in search of insects. Despite its bright colors, it can be surprisingly hard to see in the shadows of the deep forest interior.
The Kentucky Warbler winters in the tropics of central Mexico and the Yucatan Penninsula. A group of Kentucky Warblers is collectively known as a "Derby" of warblers, perhaps, because it is named for the state in which it was first discovered in 1811, by Alexander Wilson.
The Chinquapin Oak, a Wisconsin Special Concern plant.  It is native to eastern and central North America, ranging from Vermont west to Wisconsin and south to South Carolina, western Florida, New Mexico, and northeastern Mexico from Coahuila south to Hidalgo. It is very rare in Wisconsin, barely reaching the southwestern corner of the state on a few very dry sites near the Mississippi River. Chinkapin oak is generally found on well-drained upland soils derived from limestone or where limestone outcrops occur. Occasionally it is found on well-drained limestone soils along streams.

Explore Wyalusing State Park with Virtual Map

virtual Map of Wyalusing State ParkThe Friends of Wyalusing State Park website  (www.wyalusingfrineds.org) offers a detailed map featuring trails, roads, camera hot spots, and a whole host of  points of interest using your web-enabled device.

The user can select a regular map view, or topographic map, or  satellite view. The interactive map even shows your location, so you can see where you are on the map. Using the topographic map, the user can view the natural terrain of the trail.

If you are wondering where the nearest bathroom is, or parking lot, or the concession stand, just click on the map markers.

Click on the map photo on the left, to see for your self.  Zoom in to view specific details. Next time you are visiting Wyalusing State Park, take the interactive map along with you.

Paul Kosir New Book Premiers at Wyalusing State Park

Celebrate the Harvest Festival at Wyalusing State Park
5:00 PM September 30, 2017, at the Peterson Shelter
with the premiere of Perspectives of Nature
Scientifically Romantic and Experiential Nature Poetry
a new book of poetry on the eve of being published.

Those attending the poetry reading will be the first to experience a new genre of nature writing.
Books will be available for purchase with some proceeds going to the Friends of Wyalusing.

Be enlightened
by scientifically romantic poems that describe the endearing beauty of nature.

Be enthralled
by the experiential poems that capture encounters with nature at Wyalusing.

Be entertained
by this unique program at Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing to Host Volunteer Jamboree 2017

Point Lookout - Wyalusing State Park
Point Lookout - Wyalusing State Park
Wyalusing State Park (Locationis hosting the 2017 Volunteer Jamboree September 24-26th.

All Wisconsin State Park System volunteers are invited to attend this fun, educational and social gathering.
Join in the fun with campfires, picnics, and informative discussions while we celebrate the volunteer program.

You should have received a registration form via the parks you have been a camp-host or volunteered at.

Electrical and non-electrical campsites are available free of charge. Alternate lodging is available in the area, but the cost is not covered.

  • Sunday- Pot Luck - Please bring a dish to pass.
  • Monday - Continental breakfast, box lunch, dinner
  • Tuesday - Continental breakfast
Activities at the park - Monday Morning

  • Guided walk: Indian Mounds and Park history. (Path is crushed limestone)
  • River tour: Drive or carpool at Wyalusing State Park Boat landing.
  • Canoeing/kayaking: Inquire at Wyalusing State Park concession stand. Limited supply. (Free to volunteers)
  • Walking the trails and visiting the park lookouts on your own.
On-Your-Own Activities: Monday Afternoon
Monday afternoon will be set aside to allow you to pursue your own interests and explore all that Wyalusing State Park, and the Driftless Area. (Fee may be required)
  • Nelson Dewey State Park. Stonefield State Historic Site. (Link)
  • Effigy Mounds National Monument (Free entry fee) (Link)
  • Shihata Orchard - Free (Link)
  • Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge - Free (Link)
  • Villa Louis National Historic Monument (Link)
  • St Feriole Island Memorial Gardens - Free (Link)
  • Mississippi River Sculpture Park - Free (Link)
  • Prairie du Chien (Link)

Harvest Festival

Fall is a wonderful time at Wyalusing State Park. Cool days, brightly colored trees, campfires ringed with laughter, and family gatherings provide many memories at Wyalusing State Park.
Spend your days, touring the back roads of Crawford County. Stop by local orchards to sample and buy the bountiful harvest. Walk along the leaf strewn trails of Wyalusing State Park.
Then, return to Wyalusing State Park and celebrate Harvest Festival with the Friends of Wyalusing. Enjoy the pumpkin carving, live music, and luminaries along the accessible trails leading to scenic overlooks on top of the bluffs.
The event is held in the Peterson Pavilion Shelter. Roaring fires, treats, hot or cold cider, and hot chocolate will be provided by the ‘friends’. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Live music starts at 6:00 PM. The music is bound to get your toes a tapping, and, who knows, maybe even a few audience members will get up and dance.
A torch lit trail will lead participants to Lookout Point. View the gorgeous valley below.
The festival is free to all, campers and park visitors alike. All you need is a state park vehicle pass which can be purchased as you enter the park.

FOW Annual Meeting

Dear Friends,

As you may know, our Annual general meeting is held each year in October. This year the date is October 9. It is fitting that this falls again on Columbus Day as we look to the horizon of a new year and continue to chart our course ahead. The meeting will be held at 6:00PM in the Peterson shelter building. I encourage as many of you as possible to attend and help chart the course of YOUR group.
At this meeting, you the membership elects the executive board that will steer our ship in 2018. Right now for 2017 that board consists of six members, Bruce Klang, Ruth Klang, Randy Paske, Kathy Paske, Kay Schmitz and Mary Price. At their first meeting the new 2018 board will elect the following officers from within their ranks: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, with two remaining at large board members.
As of this time the 2017 board members have indicated that they are willing to continue to serve if re-elected. I am not aware of any additional candidates. However, if anyone is interested in serving on this board, please attend this meeting as write-ins are welcome. You must be a current member of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park and not a Park employee.

Bruce L. Klang
President – Friends of Wyalusing State Park

2017 year in review

  Friends of Wyalusing State Park
                13081 State Park Lane
   Bagley, WI 53801

The 2017 year in review

Hard to believe but yet another year with the Friends of Wyalusing State Park is drawing to a close. Not just any year, this was the park’s centennial. With your help, we made it a good one. It was good to see so many old friends and make new friends at the centennial celebration in June. Speakers and programs were well received and it was a fitting tribute to a century of park history.
Our usual projects and programs continued with Smokey’s birthday bash being a big hit as well as school and other programs. But this year we had help. With generous donations from people like you, we were able to finally provide funding for the DNR to return a part-time seasonal naturalist to Wyalusing. Becky Mumm did a great job providing additional programs for visitors of all ages. We look forward to expanding this effort in the future with your continued support.
The concession stand continues to be a huge revenue source for our group. Under the capable management of Randy Paske these last few years it has provided funding for our other projects as well as service to the visitors. Change is in the works, however. Randy has decided to relinquish the concession manager position. Don’t worry though. He states he will continue to be involved with the friends in other areas. He is currently a board member, vice president, and our web/media person. Pam Dressler will be running the concession in 2018. The transition has already begun and it looks to be a smooth one.
We’re not done yet. We will close the year out as the host site for the statewide volunteer jamboree and then our annual harvest fest brings to close the year. On October 9 we will have our annual general meeting and executive board elections for 2018 at 6:00PM in the Peterson Shelter.  I hope to see you then as we celebrate Columbus Day and chart our continued course through the unknown waters ahead.  

Bruce Klang
President – Friends of Wyalusing State Park

The Friends of Wyalusing State Park

By Bruce Klang
Friends of Wyalusing President
2017 marks the centennial year as a state park here at Wyalusing. The Friends of Wyalusing State Park would like to welcome all visitors to explore and enjoy your park and appreciate its history.
We are a private nonprofit organization dedicated to .enhancing the interpretive and recreational experience of visitors to the park. We provide funding for much of the interpretive projects, information, and programming here at Wyalusing.
As we look back we know that this beautiful park would not be possible without the dedication of many people over the years.
Starting in the l860's, a young man named Robert Glenn not only dreamed of but strived to make this a special place for future generations. The forward-looking Wisconsin state legislature decided, in the first decade of the 20th century, that this area needed to be preserved. Paul Lawrence, the first park manager, worked his entire career to make that dream a reality.
On to modern day where many dedicated professionals and volunteers continue to preserve and protect that heritage and your park.
You can be a part of the next 100 years at Wyalusing. We welcome you to join our efforts to give back to your park. Please pick. up a brochure at the park visitor center or visit us online at http://www.wyalusingfriendsorg.
Your support will help Wyalusing State Park continue to be an inspiration to future generations of visitors like you. While you are here at the park please drop by the concession stand located adjacent to the Peterson shelter building. The concession is operated by the Friends of Wya1using State Park and proceeds from sales go back into the park for interpretive needs. We are also the first state park friends group to establish an endowment fund with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Your contributions to this fund will live on indefinitely, providing growth to be used for interpretive activities. You can learn more by picking up a brochure at the visitor center, the concession or our Website.
Many people come to Wyalusing and leave inspired. A few turn that inspiration into assistance for this magnificent place. It is our sincere hope that you truly enjoy your stay here at Wyalusing and hope that our efforts have enhanced your experience.  (To enlarge image, click on it.)