Posts Tagged ‘Wyalusing State Park

11
May
14

Scarlet Tanager and the Mississippi

Difficult to find because they spend most of their time in the high canopy of deciduous forests, I got several shots of some while hiking because the trees hadn’t sprouted leaves yet.  That has changed.  The trees have sprouted and the possibility of spotting a scarlet tanager will be more difficult now.

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When Europeans first migrated across the United States, the first great obstacle was the Mississippi River.  I am camped near it and it is flooding.  Snow melt from this Winter and Spring rains have caused the rivers in this area to flood.  All that water is flowing into the Mississippi River, which is expected to crest here on Monday.

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The information kiosk in the middle of the photo is about 2 and a half meters high.  Half of it is under water.  The dock in the background is wheelchair accessible and can usually be reached by walking.  You would currently need a boat.  Next part of the trip will be to cross.

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08
May
12

Mighty Mississippi

The Mississippi River is a working river.    Riverboats push cargo – mostly Midwestern grain – up and down the Mississippi’s entire length.

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This boat is pushing its load south on the Mississippi River and is at the confluence of the Wisconsin River, which enters from the right.  The photo was taken from the bluffs of Wyalusing State Park at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin – one of the oldest towns in America.  A French trading post was established here in 1685.

22
Jun
09

Circling Eagle

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21
Jun
09

Mississippi River From Wyalusing State Park

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The bluffs along the Mississippi River in southern Wisconsin offer some incredible views.

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Located on the bluffs above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers, Wyalusing State Park offers spectacular views right from the doorway of your tent or camper with camping allowed right on the edge of the bluffs.

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I’ve seen people with motorboats, kayaks, and fishing boats, so no matter which recreational use of the river you prefer, it has plenty of room for all.

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But don’t forget to look up and to scan the trees, because the Mississippi River is home to many species of birds, including Turkey Vultures…

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and American Bald Eagles.

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18
Aug
08

Wyalusing State Park

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Wyalusing State Park is situated on the bluffs above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.  Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, founded in the 17th century and one of the oldest towns in Wisconsin, sits below the park.  Hiking here is considered difficult because of the steep climbs down to and up from the Mississippi River.

01
Aug
08

Hiking in Wyalusing State Park

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Several hiking trails begin at this shelter.  The main branch takes you to Wisconsin Ridge Campground and recreational area.  That’s where all the tourists go to hang out in the forest.  We’re not going there.

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The trail begins nice and wide, and is well maintained.

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The Indian Trail branches off from the main trail. 

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Winding down the side of the bluff the trail descends,

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until it reaches the river.

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Wisconsin River at Wyalusing State Park.

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05
Mar
08

Hiking Trail at Wyalusing

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This hiking trail at Wyalusing starts at the Passenger Pigeon Monument and descends the bluffs until it reaches the Wisconsin River.  Wyalusing is located at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.




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