Wyalusing State Park is a hidden gem in the Wisconsin parks system! This 2,628-acre park is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers in the town of Wyalusing, just south of Prairie du Chien. The park is located in the far southwest corner of the state has some of the best views anywhere in the state.
The park has both land and water activities, as well as some of the most picturesque campsites you’ll find anywhere!
The park also serves as the first place Europeans entered the Mississippi River. Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet were the first white people to venture down the Wisconsin River to its confluence with the Mighty Mississippi back in 1673.
Wyalusing is also one of Wisconsin’s oldest state parks.
There are some amazing features that make this park special, including 500 foot high bluffs with incredible views of the river valley, there are mysterious caves, and thousand year old rocks that you can spend the day exploring.
While the views from land are nothing short of breathtaking, the real action takes place on the water. The water trail is 6 miles in length, and takes paddlers downstream through the beautiful backwaters of the Mississippi.
The park is also a popular destination for hikers, with 8 different well marked trails combining for over 14 miles of rugged Wisconsin beauty.
Wyalusing is also known for its historical significance in the area. The Wyalusing Hardwood Forest is a National Natural Landmark and the Wyalusing State Park Mounds Archaeological District is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The most popular attraction at the park is the campground, often considered the most beautiful in Wisconsin. There are two main campgrounds: Homestead and Wisconsin Ridge, offering a total of 114 campsites. The sites are wooded, and have tremendous views stretch out for miles and miles.
The park is open year round, and is a great place for fishing, bird watching, and cross country sking!
Wyalusing State Park is located at 13295 State Park Ln, Bagley, WI 53801. For more information, click here.