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Chippewa Moraine Ice Area

The Chippewa Moraine Ice Area, WI

Description of Reserve:

The Chippewa Moraine Ice Area is to protect glacially created landscape, educate the public on how the landscape may have developed, interpret the glacial effect on natural and cultural history, and provide outdoor recreational opportunities.

It has over 4000 acres of hilly, glacial terrain, mostly wooded with oak, aspen and pine. The non-forested areas include some cultivated land, abandoned old fields and a prairie restoration Scattered Through out the area are numerous small wetlands and over 100 open water areas. Some are less than 20 feet across; the largest is only 59 acres and the deepest 52 feet. We have a 3/4 mile self guided nature trail a one and a half mile loop, and 9 miles of Ice Age National Scenic Trail, including a four and a half mile loop with a hiking Field trip Guide for Glacial Landforms Fourteen more miles of the Ice Age Trail, running Primarily through Chippewa County Forest Land, are connected with our segment. There are private and Chippewa County lands within the Reserve, so know where you are.

Visitor Center:

The Visitors Center has local natural and cultural history displays hands-on nature items and live examples of local invertebrates, fish, amphibians, and reptiles National Park Service exhibits, explaining glaciers and their effects on natural and cultural history were designed with local input Glacial, to look out over a former glacial lake bottom from the Chippewa Moraine Interpretive Center, help kids to learn about the area's glacial geology and natural and cultural history wildlife and historical interest videos are shown on request from a 30 volume video library Snowshoes (32 pairs) to fit age 2 to adult are available during scheduled hours. School, scout and other groups may arrange special programming The Center is wheelchair accessible.

Visitor Center Hours:

Open all year long 8.30 am - 4.30 pm, 7 days a week. There are no entrance or user's fees at this time.

Because of limited staff, the Visitor Center is occasionally closed during regularly scheduled hours, especially September-May, as we take care of property development and maintenance. Please verify that we will be open, especially if you are traveling any distance.

Other Recreational Uses:

Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Unit trails, land and lakes are open to the public all year, 24 hours a day Nature study, hiking, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, hunting, trapping and snowshoeing are the usual activities. Boating and cross- country skiing are permitted but the largest lake is only 59 acres and none of the trails are groomed or designed for skiing. No camping is allowed on state-owned land until primitive campsites are developed. Drive-in camping is available nearby but not on Reserve land. Bicycles, horses and motorized vehicles (including snowmobiles and ATVs) are NOT allowed off-road in the Reserve.

Interstate State Park, Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area and the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine Forest, all units of the Ice Age Scientific Reserve, turtle and other recreation at chippewa moraine ice area, WI have Ice Age Educational and Interpretive Centers with major displays in glacial history and geology. The highlight of the Rendezvous is the dedication of the Western Terminus of the Ice Age Trail at Interstate State Park at St. Croix Falls.

Chippewa River State Trail:

Parking and Rest Areas:

  • Downsville Wayside
  • Dunnville
  • Caryville
  • Wayside on Highway 85
  • Owen Park

Distance from Downtown Eau Claire:

  • Red Cedar Trail: 23 miles
  • Meridean: 18 miles
  • Caryville: 13 miles
  • Highway 85 Rest area: 8 miles

Location and direction:

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area
13394 County Highway M
New Auburn WI 54757
Northwestern Chippewa County.

Drive 8 miles west of Rt 27 on County Highway M to the Visitor Center.


Contact Information:

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area
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Phone: (715) 967-2800
Fax: (715) 967-2801
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Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation
306 E. Wilson St., Lower Level
Madison, WI 53703
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Phone: 800-227-0046 or 608-663-8278
Fax: 608-663-1283
Website: http://www.iceagetrail.org/

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