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Reconnect: Jerry Lake Segment Bridge Building Event

July 7 - July 10

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Mobile Skills Crew, Reconnect event 2021

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest sprawls across more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods and offers more than 800 miles of hiking trails – of which 49 miles are Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The forest, a backpacker’s paradise, features glacial lakes, rivers, wetlands, meadows, and pine savannas; habitats which are home to black bears, beaver, wild turkey, bald eagles, loons, and reintroduced elk and timber wolves. Promising solitude, the Ice Age Trail traverses eskers and moraines and skirts kettle lakes, giving hikers intimate contact with both glacial land forms and the plants and animals which make these big woods their home.


It’s time to replace the structures built over Sailor Creek with a heavy-duty Forest Service bridge.  Google Map Link

View map of the project area [PDF].

What We’re Doing:

The Jerry Lake Segment winds through mixed-hardwoods and wetlands before crossing Sailor Creek. We’re elevating the hiker experience as we partner with the United States Forest Service to build a new 24-foot-long bridge spanning the creek along with over 100 feet of boardwalk approaches. We’ll need help digging footings, setting pans, and securing deck boards. While the bridge is our priority, there may be opportunity for additional trail maintenance.

This is a small-scale bridge and boardwalk building event. The crew for this tightly focused event may be composed primarily of local chapter members and additional folks as needed.


Your contribution of time and energy is welcome for any part of the event.

Work begins at 8 A.M. on Wednesday, July 7th and will continue until 4 P.M. on Saturday July 10th.

Base Camp & Meals:

Camping space will be provided at nearby Katheryn Lake for those wishing to volunteer multiple days.

All meals will be the responsibility of each participant, including bringing your own lunch to the field.  More information on meeting and parking locations will be supplied via email.

What to Bring:

  • Bring your mask and work gloves.
  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for trail work; mud boots if you have them, may come in handy.
  • Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
  • Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
  •  Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, a hat and gaiters.
  • Please bring your own food and beverages for the days you plan to attend.
  • A change of clothes for comfort around the fire afterwards.
  • If camping, bring a headlamp, tent, sleeping gear, and toiletries.
  • Consider bringing a lawn chair; you’ll appreciate having it to relax around the fire in comfortable clothes at the end of the day.

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event.  Woolly mammoths are welcome.





Volunteers in Parks and COVID-19 Safety Information:

No experience is necessary and volunteers of all ages are welcome, provided youth attend with an adult chaperone. If you are new to volunteering with the Ice Age Trail Alliance, please submit the volunteer agreement before the event, see below for more details.

  • We’re excited to have you join us, however, please know the symptoms of the coronavirus and be prepared to STAY HOME if you exhibit any of them. Please visit the CDC website and view the symptoms listed there. Consider using the Self-Checker, an interactive guide, located mid-way down the page, which can help you make your decisionGo there now.
  • Please complete this Volunteer Agreement, OF-301A Fillable Form.
  • The National Park Service (NPS) requires every volunteer to complete a COVID-19 OF-301A Volunteer Service Agreement, whether you are a new IATA volunteer or a returning volunteer who has not yet filled out the post-March 24, 2020 version of this form.
  • Please email the completed form to Dan Watson, NPS Volunteer Coordinator, ([email protected]).
  • Dan will reply to you with a signed copy of the form.

Please read through these documents as they provide additional safety guidelines:

  1. A Cover Letter from Eric Gabriel, Superintendent[PDF]
  2. IATR-VIP Risk Assessment Tool[PDF]
  3. Covid19Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)[PDF]


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July 10
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