Wyalusing State Park

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Wyalusing State Park

Wisconsin

(608) 996-2261

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Overview

At Wyalusing State Park, you can camp 500 feet above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. One of Wisconsin's oldest parks, Wyalusing features Indian burial mounds, canoe trail, bird watching. It's a place to go for fishing, boating, bicycling, picnicking, and enjoying nature. There are an interpretive center and four historical markers within the park. Wyalusing's 2,628 acres include hardwood forests, pine plantations, bluffs, springs, waterfalls, wetlands, and backwaters. The park is home to deer, beavers, fox, and many other animals. More than 90 bird species live here during the summer and 100 more can be observed during spring and fall migration. They include wild turkeys, bald eagles, turkey vultures, hawks, owls, waterfowl, woodpeckers, and a colorful variety of songbirds.

Map of Wyalusing (WI)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.975812, -91.124722

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Activities

  • Boating

    A canoe trail through the river sloughs offers a unique way to see the waterfowl, aquatic plants, an diverse animal life of the river bottomlands. The trail begins and ends at the park boat landing. Canoes can be rented from the park concession.

    A boat ramp is available in the park for launching trailered boats. Motorboats are permitted. Rental boats are available from businesses near Bagley an in the Prairie du Chien area.

  • Bicycling

    Wyalusing has over seven miles of mountain bike trails.

  • Camping

    Two campgrounds have 109 regular campsites, 34 of them with electricity. There also are a modern lodge/dormitory complex with a capacity of 108 people and a group tent campground that accommodates 130 people.

  • Fishing

    The Mississippi and Wisconsin river backwaters offer excellent fishing for panfish, bass, northern pike, and walleye. There's an accessible fishing pier at the boat landing.

  • Hiking

    Wyalusing has over 14 miles of hiking trails including 2.4 miles of interpretive nature trails and a .8 mile of trail accessible for people with disabilities.

  • Historic Sites

    People began arriving at Wyalusing about 11,000 years ago, as the glaciers retreated. Many left evidence of their life and culture behind. The Red Ochre Culture appeared around 1000 B.C. They were followed by the Hopewell Indians and the Effigy Mound builders. Archeologists believe that these groups were the builders of the many mounds on Sentinel Ridge, Spook Hill and other areas of the park. Burial of the dead was one reason Woodland Indians constructed mounds. Most of the dome-shaped, conical mounds contain skeletons. Effigy mounds, those shaped like deer, bears, birds, turtles, and other animals, were more than just a simple burial method. Construction may have been religious, an indication of territorial possession, or a ceremonial group activity. Historic Indians (those encountered by the first Europeans) considered the region near the mouth of the Wisconsin river a "neutral" land. At least 14 different tribes lived in the area or visited to trade.

    Some land features in the park have been named for Indians of the region. Green Cloud Hill Picnic Area is named for the Winnebago Chief who led the last band of Indians to camp in the park. Eagle Eye Bluff, Yellow Thunder Point, and Big Chief Bluff are colorful names that honor those people who lived here long ago.

    Other areas in the park received names for the way they were used by the Indians. Signal Point was used for signal fires. Indian sentries used Point Lookout to keep watch on the rivers. Chert (flint) was gathered for arrowheads along what is now Flint Ledge Trail.

    In nearby Prairie du Chien, visit Villa Louis, one of the most authentically restored Victorian house museums in America. The 1870s mansion is operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

  • Picnicking

    Enjoy nature and picnic in it.

  • RVing

    Over thirty sites in the campground have electric hook-ups.

  • Water Sports

    The state park doesn't have a beach, but Wyalusing Recreation Area, two miles south of the park entrance, has a beach as well as boat landing an picnic area. There's a municipal swimming pool in Prairie du Chien.

  • Winter Sports

    Wyalusing has over seven miles of xc-skiing trails.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round.

Park Partners

Friends of Wyalusing State Park

The goal of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park is to provide for the protection and stewardship of Wyalusing State Park.

(608) 996-2261

Directions

Driving

From US Highway 18 and State Highway 35, turn west on County Highway C about just south of the Wisconsin River bridge. Follow Highway C to Highway X. Turn right on Highway X and go one mile to the park entrance. Directional signs are at each intersection.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(608) 996-2261

Campground reservations

(888) 947-2757

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