Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter

Local volunteers developed the first Washington County segment of the Ice Age Trail ten years prior to the Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter's formation in 1987. The Chapter is responsible for permanently preserving and protecting the 45-mile long Ice Age Trail corridor that traverses through Washington County. The volunteers build and maintain sections between New Fane (on the border of Fond du Lac County) and Monches (on the border of Waukesha County). The Chapter regularly sponsors meetings, hikes, & workdays (listed below).

Chapter Meetings

Most of the time we meet on the first Tuesday of the month, with January, July, August, and December being the exceptions. To accommodate our members from all parts of the county, we change locations for the meetings, so be sure to check our events calendar for more details.

We kick off every new year with our annual meeting in January. This is a great opportunity to see featured guest speakers and enjoy a potluck lunch. Our speakers are typically either "Thousand-Milers", who have completed the entire Ice Age National Scenic Trail, or people who share their similar hiking-related presentations with the public.

We will not be meeting during the months of July or August.

Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 pm — join us for our meeting at the West Bend Public Library as we will be discussing our remaining hikes & workdays during the autumnal months. It won't be too long until our tools will be stored for the winter. Please check out our Events Calendar or FaceBook page for details. Bring a friend! Everyone is welcome & you may learn about a volunteer opportunity in which you would like to participate.

Meeting Minutes

Hikes 

Photo by Dave O'Brien

Guided hikes are one of our favorite events that we sponsor. Some of them include a Candlelight Hike/Ski at Pike Lake in February, a National Trails Day hike in June, and a Fall Colors Hike in October. Other guided hikes on every trail segment are offered from March through November, highlighted by two "moonlight hikes" each year. 

More information about our guided hikes can be found on our Events Calendar.

Hiking Program

Launched in 2011, our "Meander the Mid-Moraine" hiking program challenges hikers to complete the entire 45-mile Ice Age Trail corridor through Washington County.  Download the program brochure to learn how you can join the newly minted "Meanderers". Click here for a list of past "Meanderers".

If you are out on the Trail during the fall and winter months, please use caution when you are in areas where hunting is allowed. Be sure to wear blaze orange, and if your dog is hiking with you, he must be leashed and under the owner's control at all times. It is recommended that a bright colored scarf or other garment be placed on the dog as well. Click here for leash regulations. The Ice Age Trail Alliance also offers guidelines to follow during hunting season.

Workdays


For more information on our workdays, please check our Events Calendar.

Volunteer Opportunities

SEGMENT LEADERS — The Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter relies very heavily on volunteers to maintain the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and to report any trail issues so they can be addressed quickly. Any signs of vandalism should especially be reported immediately so that we can increase our presence in vulnerable areas. If you have an issue to report, please contact one of our segment leaders.

HIKE LEADERS — We offer many hikes throughout the year – hike leaders and coordinators are always welcome to join our ranks. If you enjoy getting outdoors and exploring, please contact Joe. It is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet others with similar interests!

Local Partnerships

The Chapter promotes the Ice Age Trail by building relationships with a variety of local organizations. Click here for a list of partners. If you are interested in becoming a partner of the Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, please contact us.

Chapter Officers

  • Chapter Coordinator (interim) — Joe
  • Vice Chapter Coordinator — OPEN
  • Secretary — OPEN
  • Treasurer — Bob
  • Education Coordinator — Leah
  • Equipment Coordinators — Lance & Judy
  • Membership Coordinator — Rod
  • Publicity Coordinator — Lisa
  • Trailways Director — OPEN

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