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Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Trail

Wisconsin’s last glacier retreated 16,000 years ago leaving a spectacular landscape in its wake. The Ice Age Trail traces the glacier’s terminal moraine – a 1,000-mile trail that meanders through Wisconsin marking the glacier’s southern terminus. In Chippewa County, the trail runs 23 miles from the Interpretive Center to Burnet Island State Park. In this part of the state, the trail traverses an area that is heavily forested with numerous kettle lakes. Hiking the trail will produce many northern forest birds: Ruffed Grouse, Great Crested Flycatchers, Cooper’s and Broad-winged Hawks, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Buntings and Great Horned Owls all nest here. Near the kettle lake look for ducks, mergansers, geese and herons.

Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Trail map

Directions: From New Auburn, travel east on Cty. M nine miles to the Interpretive Center on the left.

Gazetteer: Page 73, C-5 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 42, D-4 (10th edition).

Phone: 715/967-2800.

Web site: Ice Age Trail Alliance | WDNR Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area

Signature Species: Great Blue Heron and Red-headed Woodpecker.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Parking lot provided.

Nearest food & lodging: New Auburn.