2013 Wyalusing State Park - A New Beginning

New Staff at Wyalusing and Nelson Dewey State Parks
chadChad Breuer has accepted the position of Park Superintendent at Wyalusing State Park,  effective November 5, 2012. The Park Superintendent position has been vacant since July of2010. Chad grew up on a dairy farm in Grant County. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point with a degree in Natural Resources, Chad worked for the Grant County Sheriffs Department for 15 years. While at the Sheriffs Department, Chad started the K-9 Program and was promoted to Sergeant. Chad's wife Rachele is a special education teacher at River Ridge School. Chad and Rachele enjoy spending time at both Wyalusing and Nelson Dewey State Parks with their three young children. Chad looks forward to meeting park visitors and the day to day operations.

Lisa Pitzer accepted the Park Manager position for Wyalusing andlisa Nelson Dewey State Parks in April of this year. This position has been vacant since December of 2009. Prior to becoming Park Manager, Lisa worked as a Park Ranger at both properties for six years. Lisa grew up on a farm in rural Grant County. After spending time in the military as a Medical Specialist, Lisa received degrees in Computer Programming and  Conservation Management. Lisa spent several years working for the County Conservation in Iowa. In her free time Lisa enjoys farming, hunting, gardening and spending time with her husband and 3 children. Lisa looks forward to sharing her knowledge of Wyalusing and Nelson Dewey State Parks with park visitors.

Full Time park Rangers
Wyalusing State Park is also hoping to have at least one full-time Park Ranger hired for 2013. Two Full-time Park Ranger positions are currently vacant.

2013 Upcoming Projects at Wyalusing State Park:
New Shower Building
During the 2013 camping season, park visitors will see a Homestead Campground shower building under construction. The building is in the design stages at the present time. 

Trail Reconstruction
Park visitors will also begin to see park trails under construction and rebuilt. Part of Old Immigrant Trail was rebuilt near the end of 2012. In 2013, Bluff Trail will reopen. Portions of Indian Trail and Flint Ledge Trail will also open. A connector trail from Old Immigrant Trail to Flint Ledge trail will be built. The entire trail system will be called Old Immigrant Trail. (Link)

Peterson Shelter to get Electrical Upgrade
Peterson Picnic Shelter, the large shelter on Wisconsin Ridge, may be getting an electrical upgrade. The upgrade is partially funded by the Friends of Wyalusing State Park. The upgrade will include the concession stand and the Nature Center.

Sewer and Water
New septic fields will be added to the Indoor Group Camp  and Maintenance area. The central well will receive a new pump.

Upcoming Events:
  1. January 26, 2013 - X-Country Ski Clinic with Ron Falch. Meet at the Observatory Parking Lot. Ron will discuss equipment, technique, ski fit, waxing, classical skiing. Will ski Whitetail Meadows Trail. This clinic is weather and snow dependent. If the temperature is below 10 degrees clinic will not be held. Time: TBD – Call the park at (608) 996-2261 on Friday before to see if clinic will be held. Will need park sticker on vehicle – can purchase sticker at office or self-register. (Calendar of Events)
  2. January 19 - 20, 2013 - First annual Free Ice Fishing Weekend – Saturday and Sunday, . Residents and Non-Residents can fish without a license. A park sticker will be required on vehicles. Park sticker can be purchased at park office or self-register.
  3. May – Starsplitters will be holding programs at the observatory on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Call park for specific times. (Web Site: http://www.starsplitters.org/)