HELP NEEDED!

The Friends of Wyalusing Concessions Stand needs your help! We are looking to hire a manager or managers for the 2023 season. ASAP!

The concession stand also offers other camper supplies like eating utensils, batteries, tarps, matches, etc. Some food items like marshmallows can also be purchased at the concession stand. Candy bars, chips, and soda pop are also available. Frozen treats and hot items are a favorite among park visitors.

Canoe rental is available through the concession stand. Canoes are large enough for three adults or two adults and two children. Single-person kayaks are also available. All canoe/kayak rentals include paddles and life jackets.

Ask yourself these questions:

• Are you outgoing?

If you feel shy or awkward when talking to strangers, this might not be the place for you. We expect our staff to provide superior customer service – to smile and greet customers when they greet the customer, to make conversation with people from all walks of life.

• Are you good at switching gears? keeping stock neat, stocking, cleaning and more. But when a customer walks in the door we must be ready to switch gears to fast, friendly service with a smile.

• Are you willing to learn new things?

People know us to be knowledgeable about the park, and the communities surrounding the park. You’ll need to make an effort to educate yourself about the all of this so that you can intelligently discuss these things with customers. We are happy to assist you in this process, but the motivation must come from you. We expect you to ask questions and remember what you’ve learned.

• Can you commit to a schedule?

The concession stand is open 7 days a week, 9am-8pm. We are all responsible for creating the best experience for our visitors, which means staying committed to determined, set schedules. We try to be flexible but we rely on our employees to keep their commitments.

• Do you pay attention to little things?

Customer Service is more than a phrase to us here – it’s an action! We pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our customers. It’s the thoughtful little things that make each shopper feel special. Simple friendly touches go such a long way.

• Is your glass half empty or half full?

You know how great it is to work with other enthusiastic, motivated co-workers who take pride in the area and the appearance of the concession stand. We need fun, positive folks working here at the concession stand. You know the kind of person we mean – you always have a smile on your face, and the customer never knows when you’re having a bad day.


Send the completed form to:

FOW Treasurer

1300 E. Wells Street

Prairie du Chien Wi

53821

Attn: Randall Paske

Friends of Wyalusing Harvest Fest

September 24, 2022

The Friends of Wyalusing is sponsoring Harvest Fest on September 24, 2022.

Fall is a wonderful time at Wyalusing State Park. Cool days, brightly colored trees, campfires ringed with laughter, and family gatherings provide many memories at Wyalusing State Park.

Spend your days, touring the back roads of Crawford County. Stop by local orchards to sample and buy the bountiful harvest. Walk along the leaf-strewn trails of Wyalusing State Park.

Then, return to Wyalusing State Park and celebrate Harvest Festival with the Friends of Wyalusing. Enjoy the pumpkin carving, live music, and luminaries along the accessible trails leading to scenic overlooks on top of the bluffs.

Pumpkin carving starts at 3:00 PM at the maintenance building. Pumpkins and carving tools will be provided by the Friends of Wyalusing. Take your pumpkin home after the main event.

The main event is held in the Peterson Pavilion Shelter. Roaring fires, treats, hot or cold cider, and hot chocolate will be provided by the ‘friends’. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Live music starts at 6:00 PM. The music is bound to get your toes a-tapping, and, who knows, maybe even a few audience members will get up and dance.

A torch-lit trail will lead participants to Lookout Point. View the gorgeous valley below.

The festival is free to all, campers and park visitors alike. All you need is a state park vehicle pass which can be purchased as you enter the park.

A vehicle admission sticker is required.

Nature Center Undergoing Change - You can help!

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The Interpretive Center (AKA Nature Center) floor is amazing! The IC is so bright and cheery. The Tables and new chairs are great! Just waiting for the Interpretive Panels. Then it will be a WOW!!!!

Change - it may happen suddenly or it may take years! Some have said that change is inevitable. Which may be the case at Wyalusing State Park - Nature Center. The nature center is located in the Peterson Shelter.

The Friends of Wyalusing is funding five new colorful murals, each one depicts Wyalusing State Park and the changes that have occurred over time. Each mural shows how Wyalusing has changed - from prehistoric times to modern day.

You can help The Friends of Wyalusing with a monetary contribution.

"Every dollar helps, "said Randy Paske, Friends of Wyalusing State Park treasurer. "In fact $10.00 helps even more!"

The Nature center enhancements includes a new epoxy painted floor and a renovated fireplace. The Franklin stove has outlasted it's usefulness.

Grand opening is slated for the end of August, 2022.

Your contributions will help renovate the Nature center with large murals similar to the one shown above.

Enjoying coffee while hummers feed.

hummingbird delight

The hummers have moved!

The feeding stations are now located around The Peterson Shelter at Wyalusing State Park.

Tables are provided for park visitors.

The Ruby Throated hummingbirds have always been a must-see at the park. It seems like 100's of humming birds flit around from feeding station to feeding station.

Hummingbirds may be some of the smallest birds in the world, but fluttering those tiny wings can be quite a workout. Flapping away at up to 90 beats per second burns up calories fast; to maintain their momentum, hummingbirds need to eat—a lot!

Only a recipe of water and natural sugar is used in the feeders. The concession stand welcomes bags of sugar during feeding times.

Renew or Begin Membership

The last two years have been tough for many of us, including the Friends of Wyalusing State Park. We look forward to better days in 2022. We are currently working on a large project that will restore interpretive displays to the Peterson Shelter. This collaborative project with the DNR is well underway and we anticipate installation of the displays this year. We also anticipate a return to more in-person events and programs. More...

In order to continue with these important projects, we need your support. Your membership is vital in our continuing efforts to help the park we all love. Please consider beginning or renewal of your membership by clicking on the Members/Donate link found at the top of this website

The Friends of Wyalusing State Park Inc. is a certified charitable non-profit organization.

In addition, we really need more active volunteers. Some of our programs have been reduced and further cuts will be needed unless we can recruit more help. Please take a moment to consider what you can do for your park. To help out please contact us at friendsofwyalusing@gmail.com or at the park mail address above or contact any board member. We can never have too many friends.


Your Friend,

Bruce L. Klang

President – Friends of Wyalusing State Park Inc.

Wyalusing state park

Bagley, WI

Wyalusing State Park is located over 500 feet above the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin River. The park contains 2600 acres including stunning bluff views, river wetlands, bluff-top forests, and home to hundreds of species of plants and animals including 284 distinct bird species.

The logo for Wyalusing State Park and The Friends of Wyalusing State Park features the Kentucky Warbler and Chinquapin Oak tree.

Within the park boundaries, three threatened species: Cerulean and Kentucky Warbler and Acadian Flycatcher can be seen throughout the summer. All are more southern species that nest along the steep slopes of this park.

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During the spring and summer, the rolling song of the Kentucky Warbler can be heard throughout the forests. The Kentucky Warbler spends most of its time on the ground in moist, leafy woodlands in search of insects. Despite its bright colors, it can be surprisingly hard to see in the shadows of the deep forest interior.

The Kentucky Warbler winters in the tropics of central Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. A group of Kentucky Warblers is collectively known as a "Derby" of warblers, perhaps, because it is named for the state in which it was first discovered in 1811, by Alexander Wilson.

The Chinquapin Oak, a Wisconsin Special Concern plant. It is native to eastern and central North America, ranging from Vermont west to Wisconsin and south to South Carolina, western Florida, New Mexico, and northeastern Mexico from Coahuila south to Hidalgo. It is very rare in Wisconsin, barely reaching the southwestern corner of the state on a few very dry sites near the Mississippi River. Chinkapin oak is generally found on well-drained upland soils derived from limestone or where limestone outcrops occur. Occasionally it is found on well-drained limestone soils along streams.

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Friends of Wyalusing Endowment

The Friends of Wyalusing is the very first friends' group of a state park in Wisconsin to start an endowment fund for a state park. We started by depositing $1000 in an "acorn fund" with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. The goal was to deposit $1,000 each year until the fund reached $10,000. at that point, we could either withdraw 5% of the fund or let it grow. (More...)

Friends of Wyalusing were THE FIRST Wisconsin Friends Group to start endowment fund...

(Make Endowment to "Friends of Wyalusing")

The Friends of Wyalusing State Park are very proud to be able to leave this legacy for future generations and hope you will support us in making our "acorn" grow into a mighty oak for the future.

When asked about the meaning of the Endowment Fund for the future, Kathy Paske, Secretary of Friends of Wyalusing said, "The park is a special place in many different respects--historical, geographical, diverse flora and fauna and spiritual to name a few. We want to make sure future Friends have the means to continue our conservation and education efforts."

Bruce Klang wrote, "For all of my adult life, I have worked for Wisconsin State Parks. I have seen first hand the impact these natural areas can have on park visitors of all backgrounds. Our family grew up camping and enjoying our parks and we hope that future families will have the same opportunities."

The Friends of Wyalusing State Park Endowment Fund is a permanent endowment that was created by the Friends of Wyalusing State Park to provide a perpetual source of funding to support the natural resources and educational, interpretive and recreational needs of Wyalusing State Park. The Endowment fund was begun in February of 2009. The endowment is managed by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Contributions to Fund are tax-deductible and can be made by sending a check to the Natural Resources Foundation of WI, Attn: Friends of Wyalusing State Park Endowment Fund, PO Box 2317, Madison, WI 53701 or by donating online at www.wisconservation.org.

If you love Wyalusing State Park and want to help protect its natural beauty and recreational opportunities for future generations to enjoy and explore, consider leaving a legacy gift behind by including the Friends of Wyalusing State Park Endowment Fund in your will. To leave a bequest to the Fund, simply incorporate the following language in your estate plans: “I give [describe the gift] to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin [federal tax id # 39-1572034], a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of Wisconsin and with a principal mailing address of PO Box 2317, Madison, WI 53701. This gift shall be designated to the Friends of Wyalusing State Park Endowment Fund.”

Make a tax deductible donation.

Star Splitters of Wyalusing

Join the StarSplitters of Wyalusing for one of our 2022 Public Park Programs! Come check out amazing views of the night sky, including the rings of Saturn, moons of Jupiter, nebulas, clusters, and plenty of other deep sky objects!

Programs start at 8:30pm with a presentation by one of our members and viewing to follow.

Please park in the paved parking lot by the Turkey Hollow trailheads and walk down the gravel path. We ask that you use red lights only and if you need bug spray, you apply it up the path and not around others.

Program dates this year are:

  • May 21st

  • June 18th

  • July 16th

  • August 20th

  • September 17th

  • October 29th

Donations are appreciated and go towards our insurance and electrical bills to ensure we can keep programs coming.