Summer of Paddling comes to Wyalusing

About a dozen people joined the Friends of Wyalusing State Park and staff  of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a day in the “Summer of 
Paddling 2012” Participants  paddled through the backwaters, stopping at a variety of places to learn about wetlands, bottom land forests, bald eagles, beaver, birds, mussels, Mississippi River navigation, and other natural resources.
The Wyalusing canoeing event is part of the Summer of Paddling 2012.  Participants followed the Wyalusing State Park Water Trail route of about six miles. The water trail winds through the backwaters of Wood Yard Slough, then  down the main channel of the Mississippi River and back up to Wyalusing State Park boat landing.

Paddling events are held throughout the year from the headwaters of the Mississippi down to the Gulf of Mexico.  It is a part of the Presidential Initiative, America’s Great Outdoors that encourages people to be active and get outdoors.  One of its primary goals is to reconnect Americans, especially children, to America’s rivers and waterways and landscapes of national significance.
Canoes, paddles, dry bags and PFDs (life jackets) were provided for those needing them.
The planned route wound through the backwaters of Wood Yard Slough, then  downstream adjacent to the main channel and back up to the landing.
A lunch was provided at Point Lookout Shelter at the end of the trip. (Additional Photos)