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 also build and maintain off- road sections between New Fane (on the border of Fond du Lac County) and Monches (on the border of Waukesha County). The Chapter regularly sponsors Ice Age Trail meetings, hikes, and workdays, which are listed below.
Most of the time we meet on the first Tuesday of the month, with January, July and December being the exceptions. In order 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, which is usually a chili dump. Our speakers are typically either Thousand-Milers, who have completed the entire Ice Age National Scenic Trail, or people who share similar hiking related presentations with the public.
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 12:00 pm - Please join us for our annual meeting in the newly remodeled Lac Lawrann Conservancy. Arrive early to check out everything the facility has to offer. We will have a potluck chili dump starting at noon before the Thousand-Miler presentation, which will begin at about 12:45 pm. We will wrap things up with a recap of the 2013 season starting at about 2:00 pm, and will conclude with the elections of our Chapter officers. The elections are only open to active Ice Age Trail Alliance members, so consider joining today! More information can be found on our events calendar.
Hikes are one of our favorite events 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.
Wednesday, January 1st, 12:00 pm - First Day Hike - Getting out for a hike is a great way to start the new year! Please join us for a hike or snowshoe event on the Ice Age Trail. First Day Hikes are being promoted throughout the Wisconsin state park system, as well as state parks around the country, as a great way to
begin the New Year outdoors. The Wisconsin state park fee will be waived on this day, as a courtesy and special "thank you" from the Department of Natural Resources. Watch for the yellow and black Ice Age Trail Event signs. Please visit our events calendar for more information.
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 the here for a list of past "Meanderers".to learn how you can join the newly minted "Meanderers". Click
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 bright colors, and if you take your dog 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. Leashes can not exceed 8 feet in length, or 6 feet on Waukesha County property. Click here for leash regulations. Here are more from the Ice Age Trail Alliance to follow during hunting season.
Saturday, January 18th, 9:30 am - Prior to the annual meeting, we will walk through the project area in the Ridge Run County Park.
Saturday, March 15th, 1:00 pm - We will be walking through the proposed route in the Kewaskum segment to plan for the future boardwalk through the "wet spot"
Tuesday, April 29th, 5:00 pm - The Loew Lake segment requires some maintenance attention, so we will be heading out to reinstall posts, clear corridor, and build rock steps.
For more information on our workdays, please check our Chapter event calendar.
SEGMENT LEADERS - The Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter relies very heavily on volunteers to maintain the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, and report any trail issues so they can be addressed quickly. Any signs of vandalism should especially be reported immediately, so we can increase our presence in any vulnerable areas. If you have an issue to report, please contact on of our segment leaders.
You can stay up to date on all of the latest Chapter news by dowloading Glacial Drift.of our annual newsletter,
Points of Interest
The Chapter promotes the Ice Age Trail by building relationships with diverse 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 - Craig
- Vice Chapter Coordinator – Dan
- Secretary – Joe
- Treasurer – Bob
- Education Coordinator – Leah
- Equipment Coordinators – Lance & Judy
- Membership Coordinator – Rod
- Publicity Coordinator – Lisa
- Trailways Director - OPEN
- Webmaster – Jane
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