Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area

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Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area

Wisconsin

(715) 967-2800

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Things To Do

Overview

Situated in an area of unspoiled beauty with kettle lakes and glacial features. The interpretive center sits atop a hill that was once a glacial lake bottom. The tranquil Ice Age Trail traverses through hilly, heavily forested terrain where a multitude of bird life abound. A visitor center generally is open from 8:30 to 4:30 daily; call ahead to verify.

Map of Chippewa Moraine State Rec. Area (WI)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.219292, -91.408310

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is permitted but the largest lake is only 59 acres. Kayaking and canoeing are popular activities.

  • Camping

    Three outpost campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sites have a per night fee with amenities of a fire ring and open-air toilet. Potable water is available at the Interpretive Center or by boiling or purifying lake water. Sites are quiet, except for the local wildlife of loons, barred owls, and great blue herons that may keep you awake.

  • Fishing

    Anglers have reported fair to good fishing conditions with some large northern being caught.

  • Hiking

    The Chippewa Moraine segment of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve includes 23 miles of well-marked trails. The trails are for foot travel only, and motorized vehicles, horses, or mountain bikes are not allowed in the Chippewa Moraine.

    Interpretive Trails The most popular trails within the Reserve are the three, self-guided trails that begin at the Interpretive Center. Hike or snowshoe the trails to see glacial kettle lakes, hummocks, ice-walled lake plains, and wildlife. Maps of the trails are available in the Interpretive Center

    Mammoth Nature Trail: (0.75-mile loop) Dry Lake Trail: (1.8-mile loop) Circle Trail: (4.5-mile loop)

  • Historic Sites

    Begin your visit to the Chippewa Moraine at the Ice Age Interpretive Center. Many hands-on and interactive activities are offered at the center including activity books, short films, and displays about cultural, geologic and natural history. The interpretive center is generally open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year-round

  • Picnicking

    Please feel free to enjoy a meal in the beautiful park. Be considerate of local wildlife and other visitors; do not litter.

  • RVing

    RVs are permitted but there are no hook-ups available.

  • Water Sports

    There are many lakes and open bodies of water scattered throughout the recreation area. Swimming, kayaking and canoeing are popular activities.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round

Directions

Driving

The interpretive center is 7 miles east of New Auburn and 1.9 miles east of State Highway 40 on County Highway M.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(715) 967-2800

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