The Lakeshore Chapter was formed in 2007, when volunteers from Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc counties and from the North Kettle Moraine area merged into one chapter. Our chapter members work to support the mission and goals of the Ice Age Trail Alliance by promoting, planning, building and maintaining the 99.2 miles of Ice Age Trail from the Eastern Terminus in Sturgeon Bay in Door County through Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties.
Lakeshore Chapter Segments, starting at the East Terminus include:
- Sturgeon Bay Segment – 13.7 miles
- Forestville Segment – 9.1 miles
- Kewaunee River Segment – 12.5 miles
- Tisch Mills Segment – 2.6 miles
- Mishicot Segment – 2.9 miles
- East Twin River Segment – 1.4 miles
- Point Beach Segment – 10.0 miles
- City of Two Rivers Segment – 2.8 miles
- Dunes Segment – 2.7 miles
- City of Manitowoc Segment – 7.3 miles
- Walla Hi County Park Segment – 2.3 miles
- LaBudde Creek Segment – 5 miles
- Greenbush Segment – 8.7 miles
- Parnell Segment – 13.9 miles
- Milwaukee River Segment (Fond du Lac County) 4.3 miles
Lakeshore Chapter Trail Communities
The Lakeshore Chapter is proud to have two Ice Age Trail Communities along its section of the trail. Trail Communities are cities who agree to promote the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, and the IATA agrees to promote the cities as destinations. These communities work hand-in-hand with the Ice Age Trail Alliance to advance the Ice Age Trail and the qualities that make each place unique, and provide pathways to community health and well-being. Both Ice Age Trail Communities are located on Lake Michigan.
The cities of Manitowoc and Two Rivers joined forces to become an Ice Age Trail Community in 2017. The cities are home to the Mariner’s Trail, a 6.2 mile trail along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The Ice Age Trail route includes part of that trail. Two Rivers is “Cool City”, a welcome destination in summertime. Manitowoc is home to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.
Sturgeon Bay is where the Ice Age National Scenic Trail (IANST) begins or ends, depending on where you start your journey. It is the home of the Eastern Terminus and was designated an Ice Age Trail Community in 2021. Hikers will see shipyards, dry docks, the city’s old steel bridge, and hike along the historic (and still used) ship canal.
Lakeshore Chapter Geologic Features of Note
Several distinctive geologic features can be found along the Ice Age Trail as it passes through the Lakeshore Chapter portion of the trail. The Niagara Escarpment, visible near the eastern terminus in Potawatomi State Park, is not a glacial feature. As a highpoint in the landscape, however, it was the reason the glacier split and created the Michigan and Green Bay Lobes. This split had a major impact on the formation of the Kettle Moraine area to the south. Potawatomi State Park also provides a visual record of Isostatic Rebound which is the result of the estimated mile thick glacier that covered the area. There are a few geologic features that can only be found along the Lake Michigan shoreline so they are unique to the Lakeshore Chapter. These features include Lake Michigan, a great lake, sand dunes, and a series of ridge-swale pairs. Other good examples of geologic features found in, but not unique to the Lakeshore Chapter, includes; a ford, eskers, crevasse fillings, and kettles.
Check the Calendar for details of upcoming hikes.
- Potawatomie State Park – May, at the Eastern Terminus of the Ice Age Trail, overlooking Green Bay
- Walla-Hi County Park – On National Trails day in June we hike one of the newest segments of the Lakeshore Chapter portion of the trail
- Kewaunee, Harbor Park to Bruemmer Park – July, starting and ending at the shore of Lake Michigan, on a segment of trail shared by the Ahnapee Trail and the Ice Age Trail
- East Twin River – August, in a cedar woods along the east bank of the river
- Point Beach State Forest – September, a wooded portion of the trail away from the lake
- Schuette Park Manitowoc – October, a recently upgraded portion of the Ice Age Trail along the Manitowoc River
- Point Beach Full Moon – November, a night time hike to the shore of Lake Michigan. Flashlights needed.
Hall of Kamers Hiking Award Program
Challenge yourself to hike the 27 miles of North Kettle Moraine State Forest segments on the Ice Age trail and earn a patch.
Hiker Shuttle Service
Chapter members offer shuttles to hikers on the Lakeshore Chapter portion of the Ice Age Trail. Hiker Shuttle Service Nov 5 2021
“Secret” Places to Hike in Manitowoc County
There are a number of places to hike in Manitowoc County. The brochure Secret Manitowoc County Trails_2015 has maps of several that don’t get much use.
To get more information on chapter activities, small projects, and/or hiking the Ice Age Trail in this region, contact one of our chapter officers or email the chapter [email protected]:
Cheryl Gorsuch, Coordinator
Kathy Claude, Secretary
Jim Powers, Treasurer