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June Trail Improvement Day, Saturday, June 15

Restoring trail After logging reroute, 2018

Trail Improvement Day on June 15 on Nawakwa Area Trail Reroute

We’ll work the morning of Saturday, June 15 on the section of trail that was roughed-in last summer east of Deer Fly Trail.  Our agenda includes trail repair, trail building, rock work, and vegetation removal.

We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Deer Fly Trail trailhead parking area, 25475 Deer Fly Trail. We’ll have refreshments at the conclusion, but bring your own water, possibly a snack for mid-morning, and the usual bug repellent, & gloves (yes, they are here!). Long pants and socks are important to keep ticks at bay. We provide tools. 

Please confirm  your intent to attend the improvement day via email so we can plan for you and make your time worthwhile and productive.

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Potluck Picnic and Meeting at Obey Center, June 17

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Our July Chapter Meeting and Potluck is being moved to Monday, June 17 at 6 p.m so we can meet the new National Park Service Superintendent of the Ice Age Trail Eric Gabriel along with Trail Manager Pam Schuler. We’ll meet at the Obey Interpretive Center at the Chippewa Moraine and enjoy the view of South Shattuck Lake from atop the ice-walled-lake-plain. 

Eric Gabriel began his assignment with the Ice Age Trail earlier this year, and has been working to get up to speed after spending most of his NPS career in the iconic western parks. He is reawakening his Wisconsin roots, however, with this assignment. Pam Schuler is no stranger to us, having managed the NPS responsibilities for the trail for many years. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the NPS role in managing the IANST. 

Bring a dish to pass, your eating utensils, and a beverage. There may be a bug or two, so plan for that as well. Please arrive prior to 6 p.m. so we can begin the potluck on schedule.

The Obey Interpretive Center is at 13394 Co Hwy M, New Auburn WI 54757. (Use this map link to be sure you don’t end up in Sand Creek!)

Solstice Family Hike - Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m.

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice with a guided family hike on the Ice Age Trail from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 21. Explore the many interactive activities at the Obey Interpretive Center. Games and refreshments also are provided.

We are again teaming with Mayo Clinic Health Center and the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, along with the Obey Center, to sponsor this family-friendly evening experiencing the midsummer sounds and sights of north woods along the route of the Ice Age Trail. 

Please register for the event by June 19. Click the button for more information and the link to the registration page. 

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Blue Hills Trail Improvement Project, June 27

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We will again head north for a day of trail improvement activity in the beautiful Blue Hills of Rusk County with members from the Blue Hills Chapter on Thursday, June 27. Work will involve some structures and trail work

We’ll meet at the Obey Center at 9 a.m. and head north for the day. We’ll work until mid afternoon, so please bring your lunch, water, and snacks. There will be some refreshments to round out the day. All tools will be provided, but as usual, be prepared for insects.

In order to plan the project we need to know who is coming, so please register.

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Trail at Picnic Lake Under Water - Detour Posted

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Water level at Picnic Lake is extremely high and is covering the trail in several places. There are wet areas, flooded areas, and a short detour. You probably won’t avoid get- ting your feet wet, and will have to scramble on a steep hill to avoid some water. Do not attempt this hike if you are not prepared for these conditions.

Area Marked TRAIL UNDER WATER: This is a short area but is ANKLE DEEP. You can avoid it by bushwacking on the hillside, but it is very steep. You can also attempt to walk just above the waters edge and may succeed for much of the route.

Area marked DETOUR ROUTE:

Westbound, follow a trail up the hill to a cross trail, turn right and follow this trail to a fresh ATV trail crosses it. Turn right, and at the bottom of the hill turn right again to- ward the boats and turn left onto the IAT at the lake.
Eastbound, turn right at the boats to the first cross trail, turn left and walk up the hill a short distance to an old trail and turn left. Follow it to some fencing on the left side of the trail where a steep trail takes you down to the water, and then turn right onto the IAT at the lake.

Current Trail Detours In Chippewa County

There are three detours right now. 

One is at Horseshoe Lake, just west of Townline Road (160th St) in the Chippewa Moraine area. 

     Go to this linkIn the left column look for “Trail Closure at Horseshoe Lake” (it is the fifth item right now).

     https://iceagetrail.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/5cb8ca63f0e447dea9dc29afb5ed12e6


Another is a 3.25 mile road walk from Firth Lake parking area to Hwy CC parking area. That detour uses a gravel town road and a county highway that will be busy on the holiday weekend. The trail is open from Hwy CC south to Hwy Z, and there is room for a couple of cars at Hwy Z. If you want to skip that whole last section, then you could park at Firth Lake parking just off of 250th Ave. 

     Go to the same link as shown above, and look for “Trail Closure” in the left column (it is the third item right now).


Finally, a new detour at Picnic Lake due to high water. 


May 21, 2019

Trail Detour at Horseshoe Lake Redux


The bridge at Horseshoe Lake near Townline Road (160th St) is once again flooded and not safe to use, so we have restored the previously used detour route just north of the trail. Please use the detour route.

The flooded bridge is 0.1 mile west of Townline Lake Road (160th St) The total length of the detour (about 0.4 mi) adds about 0.2 miles to the normal route.

The detour route has some wet and muddy spots. Signs have been placed to mark the route.

2019 Annual Calendar Postcard

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The 2019 Annual Calendar postcard is available here for download. A printed version was mailed to all members.

If you print it on two sides, you can trim it to down and attach it to your favorite spot where it will serve as an ongoing reference to planned activities and events in 2019. Of course, things can change, so it’s always best to check the calendar online for any updates. 

Trail Safe!

A new safety initiative from the National Park Service offers participants online self-study videos that examine the objectives taught in the Park Service Operational Leadership training. It’s an approach that focuses on the mindset needed to work safely, not a cookbook on how to use a tool. Take a look at the NPS IAT website and scroll down to the Trail Safe! feature to find the link. Start at the beginning and complete the Training Verification Roster back at the Trail Safe! home page, and you’ll receive a pin and other info from NPS. Also be sure to keep track of your time spent and report it to the chapter to be sure we capture your volunteer hours. Questions about the series can be directed to Dan Watson.