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).
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, September 2nd at 7:00 pm — After taking a couple of months off to enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin summer, it will be back to business again. Please join us for our meeting at the West Bend Public Library, when we will be discussing the events of the past several months and 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 for details. Bring a friend! Everyone is welcome and you may learn about a volunteer opportunity in which you would like to participate.
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.
Tuesday, August 5th at 5:00 pm — We will be offering a 3-mile hike at the Pike Lake Unit of the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest beach. Following the hike at 6:00 pm, please join us for a picnic near the beach area. The chapter will provide the grill, charcoal, grill tools, and soda. Don't forget your swimsuit if you want to cool off in the lake! A Wisconsin state park sticker is required. Note: Dogs are not permitted in the beach area, so please do not bring your pooch along if you plan on cooking out!
More information about our guided hikes can be found on our events calendar.
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 theto learn how you can join the newly minted "Meanderers". Click 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 to follow during hunting season.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 5:00 pm — Join us as we do a number of tasks on the Ice Age Trail on the Loew Lake Segment. We will reinstall a few posts, improve trail tread, and cut back brush in several locations. Meet us at the Emerald Drive parking lot as we head out to work on various trail maintenance tasks.
Work is available for volunteers of all ages and abilities. We will work for a few hours until it gets dark. Tools and training are provided. Please bring water, work gloves, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Wear hiking or work boots, a long-sleeve shirt, and long pants.
For more information on our workdays, please check our events calendar.
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.
TRAILWAYS DIRECTOR — This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in organizing and leading workdays. All training is available regarding the proper use, storage, and safety of tools. We primarily use handtools such as loppers, hand saws, McLeods, pick mattocks, Pulaskis, and shovels. Mowers are required for grassy areas and DNR-approved certification (along with Red Cross-approved Basic First Aid certification) is a requirement to work with a chainsaw on the Ice Age Trail. Safety gear is provided. Please contact Joe if this is something that interests you.
HIKE LEADERS/COORDINATORS — We offer many hikes throughout the year, and so hike leaders and coordinators are always welcome to join our team. If you enjoy getting outdoors and going exploring, please contact Joe. It is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet others with similar interests!
You can stay up to date on all of the latest Chapter news by downloading our annual newsletter Glacial Drift.
Points of Interest
Holy Hill Monastery
Ridge Run County Park, West Bend
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 Coordinator (interim) — Joe
- Vice Chapter Coordinator — Dan
- Secretary — OPEN
- Treasurer — Bob
- Education Coordinator — Leah
- Equipment Coordinators — Lance & Judy
- Membership Coordinator — Rod
- Publicity Coordinator — Lisa
- Trailways Director — OPEN
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