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 works to permanently preserve and protect the 45 mile long Ice Age Trail corridor in Washington County and to build and maintain off road trail between its terminus at New Fane in the north and Monches in the south.
We kick off each new year with our annual meeting in January featuring interesting speakers and a pot luck lunch (usually a chilli dump). Our speakers are usually either Thousand Milers or people with other hiking related presentations. We then meet on the first Tuesday of the month from February to June and again from September to November. In August, we host our Chapter Picnic at Pike Lake where good friends and good stories dominate the evening.
The chapter hosts several annual events including 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.
Launched in late 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 and join the newly minted "Meanderers".
Our chapter maintains a busy schedule of new trail building, trail improvements and trail maintenance. We boast the highest number of MSC trained crew leaders of any chapter in the state. We follow the MSC code of work safe, work fun and build high quality trail.
The Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter is always looking for volunteers to expand its current leadership core in addition to needing several new assistant segment leaders to help our experienced members with maintenance, trail planning and construction.
Working with other groups
The chapter promotes the Ice Age Trail by building relationships with diverse local organizations including:
- Boy Scouts of America
- Cabela's Outfitters
- Camp Silverbrook Girl Scout Camp
- Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation
- City of West Bend Parks
- Culvers of West Bend
- Friends of Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest
- Friends of Pike Lake State Forest Unit
- Lac Lawrann Conservancy
- Ozaukee / Washington County Land Trust
- Volunteer Center of Washington County
- U.S. Bank Corp.
- University of Wisconsin - Washington County - Honors Society Group
- Washington County Parks Department
We are looking to partner with other groups interested in helping promote the trail in our county.
For more information
Take a look at our online events calendar for details on upcoming activities.
You can stay up to date on all the latest chapter news by dowloading the latest issue of the chapter's annual newsletter, Glacial Drift.
Or by downloading the minutes from the chapter's most recent monthly meeting:
For additional information on chapter activities and/or hiking the Ice Age Trail in this region, contact the volunteer chapter coordinator: