Canoeing, and a Short Walk Through the Years

Come out to Wyalusing State Park this weekend! Avoid the crowds of Labor Day weekend and other State Parks. The Friends of Wyalusing State Park is sponsoring three events this weekend.

Welcome to Wyalusing State Park

Campers and park visitors will be able to find out what makes Wyalusing State Park a special place this Friday evening, August  24, 2012. Bruce Klang, retired Wyalusing State Park Ranger, will bring his own brand of humor, a short video presentation,  and vast knowledge about Wyalusing State Park in the Peterson Shelter Nature Center beginning at 6PM. Find out what why Wyalusing State Park was named and who may have been the first celebrities to visit the park by canoe.  

A Guided Paddle Though the Water Trail

Wyalusing State Park is only one of a very few State Parks that has a water trail going into the Mississippi River. The guided tour will begin at the Wyalusing State Park boat landing at 9:00 AM on Saturday, August 25. The tour will last between 2 1/2 to three hours. Paddlers will go through Glenn Lake through the back waters into Woodyard Slough. Then into the Mississippi River and return by way of Wyalusing Slough. 

Paddlers will see adult eagles and eagle fledglings. Maybe one of them might even pose for a closeup! Watch Blue Herons wade along the shores looking for breakfast. You might even be rewarded by a sighting of the Cardinal Wild flower that only blooms during the fall of the year. 

Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one at the concession stand. Canoers will find it easier if there are at least two adults per canoe. 

A Walk Through History

Find out about the early development of Wyalusing State Park, the work of the Civilian Conservation Corp, the Work Progress Administration, and the Youth Conservation Corp. You will even see one of the two bears that inhabit the park year round. Visit the Paul Lawrence Interactive Center, the latest renovation sponsored by The Friends of Wyalusing.  The walk, mostly along level roadways and grassy areas, starts at the Concession Stand in Peterson Shelter at 6PM. The walk will last about one hour and conclude at Point Lookout, just in time to get an early seat for the sunset. 

Astronomy Program

The last event of the day is sponsored by the Starsplitters of Wyalusing. The astronomy program starts in the Huser Astronomy Center at 8:30pm whether it's a cloudy or clear evening.   The Huser Astronomy Center is located just East of the Welcome Center. Look for the sign post.