Open House at Wyalusing State Park

Free admission to all state parks, forests and trails Enjoying Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation Areas is a bargain any time of year but on the first Sunday of June they are an exceptional value, as entrance to any state park, forest, trail and recreation property is free.

 Events begin early at Wyalusng State Park. Bruce Klang, president of the Friends of Wyalusing and Randy Paske will lead a canoe/kayak water trail paddle following the 4.9 marked water trail along the back waters and the edge of the main channel of the Mississippi River. The guided paddle begins at the park's boat landing at 9:00 AM. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the park's concession stand or, you can bring your own. It is desirable to have some experience. The paddle will take about three hours. Later in the day, Klang will also present a free program featuring Wyalusing State Park. A vehicle admission sticker is needed to enter the park on Saturday.

On Sunday, Open House Day, The Friends of Wyalusing will have a reception welcoming all park visitors with cookies from Ma's Bakery in Bloomington, Wi, and a beverage beginning at 1:00 P.M. Bring a white t-shirt, dish towel or something to create your very own fish print art project! This event is FREE and admission to the park is also FREE. Members of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park will be on hand with the fish prints.

“Open House Day is an opportunity for all residents and visitors to explore some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful natural locations and enjoy a wide variety of outdoor recreation,” says Dan Schuller, Wisconsin State Parks director.

“This year Gov. Scott Walker has officially proclaimed June 2011 as Great Outdoors Month in Wisconsin to highlight the benefits of outdoor activity and focuses attention on our natural resources, including parks, forests and other public lands and waters. State Parks Open House Day will allow people across the state to take in a full day of Wisconsin’s Great Outdoors hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, or just relaxing.”

Reservable campsites in Wisconsin state park and forest campgrounds are generally in high demand for the Memorial Day weekend, but there are often campsites available for the weekend of State Park Open House at many parks and forests. Camping fees do still apply on state park open house day. People can check campsite availability or reserve a site (minimum two nights) through the State Parks Web site [www.wiparks.net].

Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5
People of all ages can fish for free in Wisconsin on June 4 and 5, the state’s Free Fishing Weekend, and now it's easier than ever for newbies to cast a few.

All the waters of the state are open, including Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and rivers bordering Wisconsin. Residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a fishing license (or trout or salmon stamps) over these two days. However, all other fishing regulations apply, including how many fish anglers can keep and limits on the minimum size of fish they can keep.