Wyalusing State Park Article

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Wyalusing State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Wyalusing State Park
Map showing the location of Wyalusing State Park
Map showing the location of Wyalusing State Park
Map showing the location of Wyalusing State Park
Map showing the location of Wyalusing State Park
Location Grant, Wisconsin, United States
Coordinates 42°58′47″N 91°6′31″W / 42.97972°N 91.10861°W / 42.97972; -91.10861
WYALUSING STATE PARK Latitude and Longitude:

42°58′47″N 91°6′31″W / 42.97972°N 91.10861°W / 42.97972; -91.10861
Area2,628 acres (10.64 km2)
Established1917
Governing body Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Designated1973
Website Wyalusing State Park
View of the Mississippi River valley at the confluence of the Wisconsin River from Wyalusing State Park


Wyalusing State Park /w.əˈlsɪŋ/ is a 2,628-acre (1,064 ha) Wisconsin state park at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers in the town of Wyalusing, just south of Prairie du Chien. Wyalusing means "home of the warrior" in the Lenape language spoken by Munsee-Delaware Indians who settled in the area in the 19th century after being displaced from farther east. 500-foot-high (150 m) bluffs dotted with prehistoric Indian mounds look out over the river valleys. Two park resources have been recognized nationally: 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.






Geology

The park is in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, a portion of territory that remained ice free during the last ice age, while land to the east and west was crushed by glaciers. The high bluffs along the Mississippi River and the large deep canyon of the Wisconsin River are evidence of glacial meltwaters reshaping this region.

Wyalusing State Park seen from the west

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