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Contact(s): Patty Loosen, state friends coordinator, 608-264-8994 or Paul Holtan, Office of Communications, 608-267-7517
October 13, 2015

MADISON - With peak colors rapidly approaching in southern Wisconsin, people looking for some spectacular view may want to consider a trip to southwestern Wisconsin to visit Wyalusing State Park, located 500 feet above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers in Grant County. The park was recently voted "best place to ride/hike in the fall" in the 2015 Gold Seal award contest sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.

Wyalusing State Park was voted best place to ride/hike in the fall in the 2015 Gold Seal Awards Contest.
Wyalusing State Park was voted best place to ride/hike in the fall in the 2015 Gold Seal Awards Contest.
Photo Credit: Randall Paske, Friends of Wyalusing State Park

And people looking for a good park to see migratory birds may want to consider a trip to the Richard Bong State Recreation Area this fall. The recreation area -- located 8 miles southeast of Burlington in Kenosha County encompassing 4,515 acres of rolling grassland, savanna, wetlands and scattered woodland - was voted "best place to see migratory birds."

Each year the public can vote online at The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks website (exit DNR) for the best park, forest, trail or recreation area in different categories each year. The contest is open to all campers, bikers, hunters, hikers, anglers, and park visitors of Wisconsin.

Other 2015 Gold Seal Awards winners include:

"We suggest that people follow the voters' favorites and go explore for themselves the winning parks," says Patty Loosen, state friends coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The award will be will be presented to a representative for each of the winning categories during the 19th Annual Awards Banquet which will be held at Monona Terrace in Madison on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, from 5-8:30 p.m.

For more information on Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas, search the DNR website, for "parks." To find a specific park or trail, search "find a park."

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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