We will be hiking to CTH-I and back to the Straight Lake State Park main parking lot in Luck for a total of four miles. A potluck will follow. Everyone is welcome!
The Straight Lake Segment travels through the heart of 3000-acre Straight Lake State Park, which contains the headwaters of two river systems: the Straight River draining southeast and the Trade River draining northwest. The landscape is hummocky with outcroppings of basalt bedrock. Because the bedrock is close to the surface, the terrain contains numerous ephemeral ponds, perched wetlands and marshes.
The park exists in a transition zone between two vegetative communities: the northern hardwood forest and the prairie forest. One finds an intermingling of species from both communities and here many plants and animals tighten northern and southern limits. The extensive block of oak forest approaches old-growth status. Black bear, red fox, river otter gray tree frog, leopard frog and four-toes salamander are common.
LOCATION: Meet us at Straight Lake State Park’s main parking lot. A Wisconsin state park sticker is required. Click here for driving directions. Watch for yellow Ice Age Trail Event signs.
WHAT TO BRING: Please wear comfortable hiking boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring water and don’t forget your camera!