Focus on Friends–Friends of Governor Thompson State Park*

The Friends of Governor Thompson State Park was formed in August of 2004, by a group of individuals who are interested in the development of the new park.  The Friends’  have paved the way for more individuals to follow to help the park grow and take shape.
A favorite winter activity of the Friends’ as well as park visitors in the candle light Ski and Hike. Friends’ volunteers place over 800 luminaries along the trail  for the event. Ice Carvings are created and on display in the park shelter. Free hot chocolate and a bonfire keep the hikers warm.
Governor Thompson State Park was established in 2000, the Wisconsin State Park System's centennial year. With more than 2,800 acres of woods, a family Locationcampground, picnic area on Woods Lake, skiing and hiking trails and six miles of shoreline on the Caldron Falls Flowage, visitors will find an atmosphere that is perfect for solitude, reflection and recreation.
Current activities in which the Friends’ group is involved with are:

  • Bird Surveys
  • Frog/amphibian surveys
  • Trail maintenance
  • Litter clean up
  • Tree transplanting
  • Brush removal
  • Tree/plant surveys
  • Mushroom/moss surveys
  • Survey data entry
  • Invasive species control
  • Sign making
  • Minor construction projects
  • Painting
  • Gate Installation
  • Assisting the park maintenance staff
*Author: R. Paske, Friends of Wisconson State Parks, Forests, Trails, and Recreational Areas
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