So much water and so little canoeing

Wyalusing State Park has been blessed by copious rain amounts during the past several weeks. During that time, water surrounded the canoe racks which made it impossible for easy access. In addition, there were a few trees over the marked water trail. Park staff have since visited the trail and report that trees are still down on the trail. However, the good news is that The Friends of Wyalusing have been given the go ahead to begin to rent canoes and kayaks.

Water craft renters are welcome to paddle anywhere north of the boat landing. But, are warned to stay off of the main channel of the Mississippi River.

The high water will present unique paddling experience. Paddlers will be able to weave in and out among the trees. Paddlers will also be able to access areas which are impossible to reach during low or normal water levels. The quiet paddler may even spot eagles resting among the trees.

Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the concession stand located in Wyalusing State Park. Two paddles and life jackets are provided for each canoe or kayak. Each canoe can hold up to three adults or two adults with two small children. Passengers will be sitting on the floor of the canoes. All passengers must wear life jackets at all times.

The concession stand has hourly rates as well as daily rates. It is suggested that a two hour rental might be just the right amount of time. However, you are welcome to rent canoes for more or less time. All rental fees are non-refundable. A late charge of $5 per every 15 minutes over the return time will be assessed. All canoes are available on a first come first served basis. No reservations.

With the recent rains, we may have to cancel canoe rentals. It all depends if the canoe racks are surrounded by water. Please check on Facebook for the Friends of Wyalusing for the latest information.