All segments in the county are open but hikers are encouraged to use social spacing and facemasks if and when encountering others on the trail.
On the Summit Moraine and Lumbercamp Segments, the following conditions are especially noted as follows:
Abnormally higher water levels in the area have caused the bog walk and the overflow bridge at Game Lake to become non-useable. Hikers should use the longer portion of the nature trail around Game Lake as a bypass to connect east or west with the Ice Age Trail. The bypass will serve as the trail until the structures are restored. Short stretches of the Lumbercamp Segment through the Peters Marsh State Wildlife Area between Hill Road and County A are also affected by the abnormally high water levels.
Updated information for hike planning and current trail conditions is available from the coordinator or included below:
For current trail conditions and hiker information on all Langlade County segments of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail go to LANGLADE COUNTY ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL CONDITIONS 10-17-20 or LANGLADE COUNTY ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL USER INFORMATION 8-24-20
About the Chapter
The Langlade County Chapter has been actively involved with the Ice Age Trail since 1973. Activities include chapter hikes, community outreach and trail maintenance. Due to the pandemic, chapter hikes and participation in community events have been cancelled until further notice.
Segment stewards are responsible for specific sections of the 50 plus miles of trail in the county. About 2/3 of the trail passes over public lands owned and administered by the county and state. Anyone wishing to get involved in the local trail maintenance effort as a segment steward please contact the chapter.
Chapter Newsletter and Facebook
For more information on chapter activities and/or hiking the Ice Age Trail in Langlade County, contact the chapter’s coordinator: Joe Jopek, 622 First Avenue, Antigo, WI 54409 call 715-623-2645 or e-mail [email protected]
Above Photo: Sunset on the Summit Moraine Segment’s Upper Ventor Lake. The lake and its shallower downstream neighbor were supposedly named for a local trapper during Langlade County’s settlement era. A Dispersed Camping Area (DCA) is available at Upper Ventor Lake but users are encouraged to observe the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s DCA rules, especially no fires except for stoves. Leave nothing but footprints. (Photo taken by Matt Helmeid, Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter Hiker on December 18, 2020).
Photos of driveway construction for eventual access to the Moraine-Outwash Preserve east of Antigo on Wisconsin Highway 64.
The first photo shows crews from Krueger-Steinfest of Antigo in initial stages of constructing the driveway with a culvert for eventual access to subsequent development of the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s Moraine-Outwash Preserve. The property along Wisconsin Highway 64 is just east of Antigo. Future plans include a small parking area, a cultural survey of the site, select timber harvest, trail and interpretative markers. The second photo is of the completed driveway later that day. (Photos taken Tuesday, June 23, 2020.)
The third photo is of the Green Bay Terminal Moraine with a part of the preserve depicted approximately on the left half of the photo. The dip in the moraine profile is a 6 acre shallow frost pocket devoid of mature trees like those on the county’s Kettlebowl Segment. The preserve is a short section of the 17 mile stretch of the Green Bay Bay Moraine in the county. It connects with the 27 mile Parrish Terminal Moraine formed by the Langlade Lobe of the last continental glacial period. A large glacial outwash plain known as the Antigo flats offers a real contrast to the 44 miles of prominent terminal moraines in Langlade County. (Photo taken Wednesday, October 7, 2020.)