Wyalusing Earns Three State Awards*

The best Wisconsin state park for canoeing and kayaking is Rock Island, located off the tip of Door County; while the best park, for winter camping is Pattison, located in Douglas County. Those are among the results of the 2010 Gold Seal Awards after a season-long online survey of park users.

David Wiederholt (Wyalusing Park Staff) accepts Best Water Trail award
The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the Gold Seal Awards program each year to highlight park and trail visitors' picks for the best Wisconsin state park and trail features.

The Gold Seal results were tabulated through the online survey on the Friends of Wiscoasln State Parks website: www.fwsp.org (exit DNR) that asked users which parks had the best offerings in ten categories over the summer

The winners of the Gold Seal Awards for 2010 were:
  • Best Green Initiative - Governor Dodge State Park, for solar Iighting for the park's highway entrance sign and memorial fiag pole and for using an electric park maintenance vehicle.
  • Best Kayaking or Canoeing - Rock Island State Park
  • Best Children's Program - Peninsula State 'Park
  • Best View from a Campsite - Newport State Park
  • Best Special Event Venue - Devil's Lake State Park
  • Best Day Use Park- Whitefish Dunes State Park
  • Best Water Trail - Wyalusing State Park
  • Best Winter Camping Spot - Pattison State Park
  • Best Snowshoeing Trail - Mirror Lake State Park
  • Best candle light Event - Kohler-Andrae State Park
Bruce Klang (Friends of Wyalusing President) Accepts Successful Friends Group award

State Park Hero Awards
In addition to the Gold Seals, the statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks recognized a DNR land manager, a local Friends group, and a Friends member with State Park Hero awards. These awards showcased the leadership and exemplary service of individuals and groups that selflessly supported the State Park System in 2010.

The winners of the State Park Hero Awards were;
  • Outstanding DNR Land Manager-Tom Kroeger, Lakeshore State Park
  • Successful Friends Group - Friends of Wyalusing State Park
  • Friends Hero- Sharon Kaminecki, Friends of Badger Trall
All awardees were honored at the FWSP annual meeting and awards ceremony Oct. 22, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. All DNR staff members, volunteers, and Friends members were invited to attend this fun event.

Randy Paske's Winning Photograph
FWSP also announced the 13 winners of photographs that will be featured in the 2011 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar which will be released in December, 2011. Randy Paske, of the Friends of Wyalusing, photograph of 'The Knob in Fog' was selected as one of the winning photographs.

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has worked to promote, protect, preserve, restore, and enhance the State Park System over the last decade in order to protect state parks and their resources for future generations. 

The editor of this blog wishes to thank Roseann W. for the photographs.
Revised text via FWSP news release.