|Wyalusing State Park|
Noted for its wild turkey, bald eagle, and rugged, scenic hills surrounding the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers, Wyalusing’s trails traverse southern hardwood forest, river bottom lowlands, and steep hillsides.
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway
|Description: The Wisconsin River, with more hydroelectric dams than any other river in the nation, drains over a third of the state. Below the last dam at Prairie du Sac, this “hardest working river in the nation” turns into a wild and pristine waterway slowly winding through 92 miles of rough, unglaciated terrain. This longest free-flowing stretch of river in the Midwest contains a diversity of wildlife including 62 species that are rare, threatened, or endangered.|
Wildlife to Watch: Bald eagles hunt along the river and winter-roost among steep limestone cliffs. Spring through fall look for red-shouldered hawk, bobolink, Acadian flycatcher, Henslow’s sparrow, upland sandpiper, yellow-headed blackbird, and osprey. Cerulean and prothonotary warbler, winter wren, brown creeper, and pileated and redheaded woodpecker next here. Common loon, peregrine falcon, and chestnut-sided warbler migrate through each spring. Rare lark sparrow and ornate box turtle next in Sandy oak barrens. Ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail, wild turkey, American woodcock, white-tailed deer, gray and red fox, and coyote in habit the woodlands. If canoeing, keep a sharp lookout for beaver, muskrat, mink, heron, and egret. Tundra swans fly overhead during late October when backwater sloughs fill with wood duck, ring-necked duck, pintail, and Canada goose.
Special Tips: Though best viewing is by canoe, wildlife areas provide on-shore viewing. For further information contact WDNR offices. CAUTION: WATERS CAN RISE FAST. SPECIAL REGULATIONS IN EFFECT FOR WATERCRAFT.
Ownership: WDNR and Tower Hill State Park
Size: 77,314 acres
Closest Town: Spring Green
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