Lodi Valley Chapter

The Lodi Valley Chapter maintains over 9 miles of beautiful Ice Age Trail in southern Columbia County from the Lodi Marsh to the Merrimac Ferry. We offer a variety of hikes and social events, including the Mammoth Fun Run & Hike, an annual National Trails Day event in June.

Get Involved

We get together about 8 times a year for chapter meetings, on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Lodi Medical Clinic. Please browse through our events calendar for upcoming activities and more details about chapter meetings. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events!

Mammoth Prints Newsletter

We publish an e-newsletter, Mammoth Prints, three times a year, featuring informative articles, beautiful pictures, volunteer spotlight, and much more. Email us ([email protected]) to subscribe to future Mammoth Prints. Recent editions are below. Enjoy!

Mammoth Prints – January 2015 [PDF]
Mammoth Prints – October 2014 [PDF]

Mammoth Prints – May 2014 [PDF]

Mammoth Prints – January 2014 [PDF]

Mammoth Prints Featured Articles

Gibraltar Rock: Here by Chance for All to Enjoy [PDF]
Birding Paradise on the Ice Age Trail by Bill Beers [PDF]
ColdCache Sites Near Lodi! by Dolly McNulty [PDF]

Glacial Drifters Hiking Award Program

We’ve partnered with the Baraboo Hills Chapter to create the Glacial Drifters hiking award program. This project was originally funded in part by a Healthy Life Initiative Grant from the Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital Foundation. Participants in the program will earn an award for hiking the whole Ice Age Trail within these two chapters’ areas, about 50 miles.

Registered participants will be sent maps and information about each of the various segments along with a hiking log for tracking progress.

To receive more information about the Glacial Drifters Hiking Award Program, download the program brochure [PDF] or contact Patti Herman (608-592-5666; [email protected]) or Bob Lange (608-356-2427; [email protected]).

Volunteer Spotlight

2014 Spirit Stick Award Winner

Bill Welch_Spirit Stick 2014

Bill Welch received the Spirit Stick Award at the Ice Age Trail Alliance Annual Meeting. Learn more [PDF] about this prestigious award and Bill’s involvement with the Trail.

2014 “In the Mud” Award Winners

Each year we vote on one or two individuals who have gone above and beyond through their volunteering. This year, we are pleased to announce that Ken and Julie Richardson are the recipients of the prestigious “In the Mud” Award for their commitments to support and protect the Ice Age Trail. Read more [PDF] about Ken and Julie’s contributions to the Trail.

Volunteer With Us

Trail Monitors

We rely heavily on volunteers to maintain the Ice Age 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 a problem to report, please email [email protected]


With close to 10 miles of Trail that need to be mowed several times during the spring, summer, and fall months, we can always use some extra help with mowing duties. We supply the equipment, including the trailer, but a vehicle with a hitch is necessary. If you think you may enjoy running a brush mower and have a few hours to spare, please consider this volunteer opportunity. The time commitment depends on the weather and how much rainfall we experience. Training is provided.

Hike Coordinators and Leaders

We can always use people who are willing to coordinate and lead hikes. We have seen a steady increase in the number of hiking participants recently, and we are looking for help with organizing hikes, educating people on plant life and geological formations along the Trail, and answering questions that may arise. If you enjoy exploring the Lodi Valley area and sharing your knowledge of the great outdoors, please consider becoming a volunteer hike leader.

Greeters at Meetings

Greeters are a vital part to making people feel welcome at our chapter meetings. They are asked to arrive about 10 minutes before the meeting to hand out nametags, ask people to sign in, and answer any questions newcomers may have. This has been very successful and we are always looking for new faces at the door.

Send an email to [email protected] if you can help with any of the opportunities listed above.

Mammoth Fun Run and Hike

This annual event brings a great turnout of families, runners, and people who love being on the Trail. Learn more about our annual Mammoth Fun Run and Hike.

Tyke Hikes

Tyke hikes are slow-paced walks of 1 mile or less on the Ice Age trail designed especially for young children (accompanied by an adult). Each hike focuses on exploration of nature, with specific hike activities that fit with things happening in nature during each month.  Here is a list of 2017 Tyke Hikes [download PDF].  Visit the event calendar for more specifics of each hike.  Search event listings by entering “Lodi Valley Chapter Tyke Hikes”.

Contact Us

For more information on chapter activities and/or hiking the Ice Age Trail in this region, feel free to contact one of our chapter leaders.

  • Joanna, Coordinator  (608-577-9984; [email protected])
  • Amy, Secretary (608-213-9855; [email protected])
  • Barbara, Treasurer (608-592-3025; [email protected])
  • Bill, Trail Maintenance Coordinator (608-843-3926; [email protected])

You can also connect with us on our Facebook page.