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“Amazing camping” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park
13081 State Park Lane, Bagley, WI 53801
(608) 996-2261
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St. Louis, MO
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“Amazing camping”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Camping with a view! The spots on the bluff edge are amazing. There were turkey vultures and even a bald eagle soaring so close we felt we could reach our hand out to them. Not much space between the camp site and the edge of the bluff. I would hesitate bringing young children on one of these camp spots. There are actually two campgrounds in this park. The area away from the bluff is the Homestead camping where there is much privacy. The bluff camping area has you perched 500 feet above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers with expansive views of both Wisconsin and Iowa. Many trains and barges are going by in this Mississippi River valley. Great night view of the Prairie du Chien Municipal Airport. We did not have a campsite reservation, and for a week night in September were able to get our first choice...spot 143E. It is the only campsite on the edge of the bluff with electricity. All spots are relatively level and a decent size with a picnic table and fire ring. The restroom/shower house in the bluff camping area is very large and modern, as well as clean. Keep in mind that atop a 500 foot bluff, it can often be windy.The negative thing for us was in the evening the breeze switched and the pit toilet across the road from our campsite emitted a horrible odor. The many walking trails are nice...we especially enjoyed the one along the bluff that becomes very adventuresome when the trail actually turns into steep stairs/ladders on the bluff! There are plenty of effigy mounds in the park also. I do remember seeing a play ground, basketball courts and tennis courts. A dump station is offered and a boat ramp too! Everything was well maintained. Keep in mind that it is not free to get into Wisconsin State Parks. Their web site has maps and details.

Visited September 2012
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“Great family camping spot (Especially in the fall)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I have been visiting Wyalusing State Park since I was very young. I have many fond memories of camping at Wyalusing as a child. The campsites on the bluff overlook the Mississippi River valley, giving a great view of the river barges that frequent the river, the trains that trace up and down the valley, and the fall colors that span the area. They recently updated the shower house in the bluff area, it is a good update from the past. The campsites are flat, perfect for a tent. The fall is the best time of year to visit. Surrounding orchards are harvesting apples, area cheese producers are at their best, and the area is buzzing with fall activities. Be sure to reserve the campsite well in advance, in the fall they fill up quickly.

Visited October 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Camping on the ridge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We recently got home from our first trip to Wyalusing State Park. It is a beautiful part of WI. We reserved the site in April, so we were able to get a site on the Ridge, 119. The view was beautiful, covered mostly by trees, but beautiful non the less. 119 is the only site on the ridge that had trees blocking the view. The campsite are small, and exposed. We happened to have three RV families with loud kids across from us, but it was fine. If you're looking for privacy I would try to book site 118. It's not on the ridge, but you have a nice view into the woods & no one is directly across from you. If I come back, I'm going for 118. You can always take a walk & admire the ridge from the road or bench they have facing it by the bathrooms. Over all great park, great trails, & beautiful part of WI every resident should see.

Visited September 2012
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Milwaukee, WI
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“We'd forgotten how much we like Wyalusing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We've been camping at places closer to home, but decided to go back to Wyalusing for a long weekend. We'd forgotten what a great spot this is. Some of the campsites have excellent views and the facilities are pretty good (for a Wisconsin state park). We hiked a number of the trails and the Sentinal Ridge might be the favorite. If you want an gentler walk (no steps) try the Mississippi Ridge Trail--it's a mixed use biker/hiker trail. The park has a number of cool old CCC buildings with big stone fireplaces, indian mounds and a boat landing.

Visited September 2012
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“Almost in the clouds...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

The campsites along the bluff's edge, while mostly open to each other, are spaced appreciably far apart. All eyes will be out over the magnificent valley anyway. The night view of Prairie Du Chien, the mist coming up from the river and the distant rolling hills all make for an incredible fireside vista.
The park is clean, well manicured and has ample sites although those along the bluff rule! Several trails invite hikers to enjoy the park. The "mounds" leave something to be desired, but the history is interesting.

Visited July 2012
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