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.

Trail Community

Lodi is an Ice Age Trail Community. By agreeing to become a trail community, Lodi supports the Trail and recognizes Trail users as an important part in the local economy and community. To aid visitors into Lodi and our trail segments, use the Lodi Itinerary.

Get Involved

We get together about 8 times a year for chapter meetings, on the third Thursday of the month. See the IATA events calendar for upcoming workdays and other events.

To receive notices about events and volunteer opportunities, contact [email protected] to be added to our email list or follow us on Facebook.

If you’re working on the trail for the first time, please complete the Volunteer Services Agreement Form. See: Ice Age Trail Alliance Information for Volunteers.

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 (608-843-3924; [email protected]).

Volunteer Spotlight

2014 Spirit Stick Award Winner

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.

“In the Mud” Award Winner

Each year we vote on one or two individuals who have gone above and beyond through their volunteering.

2021: Boy Scout Troop of America Troop 113       2022: Gibraltar Group

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]

Mowers

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.

Sawyers and Sawyer Assistants

We keep the trail free of downed and unsafe trees. A sawyer and sawyer assistant (swamper) work together. To learn more about becoming a certified sawyer or swamper, see Calling All Sawyers and Swampers. All required training and equipment is provided (or reimbursed) by IATA. For more information, contact Riley Dupee [email protected]

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.

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

Mammoth Fun Run and Hike

This family-friendly run and hike takes place the first Saturday in June to coincide with National Trails Day. Its a FREE event (donations appreciated) with an untimed 6K run and hike. Homemade treats as well as prizes and a post-event brat stand along Lodi’s Main Street complete the day. Register online.

Fontana Sports Fall Colors Run & Hike

Enjoy the natural beauty of Wisconsin fall colors as Fontana Sports teams up with us to host this event in October.Your online registration includes a donation to the Lodi Valley Chapter along with food and prizes from Fontana Sports and the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

Adopt a Highway

The Lodi Valley Chapter adopted the section of highway from Fern Glen Segment Trailhead to West Gibraltar Rock parking lot. Volunteers gather 3 times a year to keep the road free from trash.

Youth on the Trail

We believe it is important to get youth out on the Ice Age Trail. Our chapter organizes many events every year that involve school classes and Scouts doing trail maintenance or trail building. We provide financial and logistical support to youth hiking groups in the community, including the Lodi Middle School Trail Trekkers and the Primary School Hiking Club. We also provide funding for the Lodi Saunters program along with snacks to keep up the spirits of the young hikers! We work with youth who would like to do special projects on the Trail, such as Eagle Scouts. We strongly believe that connecting youth is essential to future sustainability of the Trail. Benefits of Youth Hiking

Monthly Tyke Hikes are for our youngest hikers, see the events calendar.

Steenbock Preserve Educational Tour

One of our Eagle Scout chapter members created an educational tour of the Steenbock Preserve, located along a portion of the Gibraltar Rock Segment.

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. [email protected]

  • Chapter Coordinator: Amy Onofrey
  • Secretary: Kim Cooke
  • Treasurer: Ed Hastreiter
  • Trail Maintenance Coordinator: Bill Welch

You can also connect with us on our Facebook page.

Read more about Trail Features in Lodi

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]

Coring the Leatherleaf Bog by Dave Mickelson