Superior Lobe Chapter


We maintain approximately 50 miles of Ice Age Trail in Rusk, Barron, Washburn and Burnett counties.
Our chapter meets 6:30-8:00 p.m. monthly the third Tuesday at the 2 E Marshall St. Rice Lake Public Library in Rice Lake We also sponsor seasonal hikes, including snowshoe hikes, bird walks and the Fall Adventure Weekend.  Go to the calendar for details on upcoming events. Check out our Facebook Page : Ice Age Trail Alliance-Superior Lobe Chapter. We would invite you to share  photos of your Superior Lobe Chapter hikes.

Our chapter offers the Superior Lobetrotter award to hikers who register and complete all 48 miles of Ice Age Trail from CTH-F in Rusk County to Lake 32 Rd. in Burnett County. For more information on becoming a Superior Lobetrotter, contact Letitia Crisler at or call 651-485-1170

For more information on chapter activities and/or hiking the Ice Age Trail in this region, contact our volunteer chapter coordinator: Bob Held 715-761-1657

Trail Conditions:

8/29/2018       Attention Hikers:   Timberland area

there is logging between Hy. H and Boyd rd. Evidently blazed trees have been removed. we will be working on this to correct. Look for red flags today to follow, between what’s left of the logging road, yellow blazes and red flags.


Saturday October 20th, 2018


Join members of the Superior Lobe
Chapter of the Ice Age Trail for a
hike to the Felsenmeer – wear good
boots – plan to spend 2 to 3 hours
– bring your own snack and water.

Driving Directions:
From Rice Lake, WI – Take County “C” east out of town to
County “W” – take a right. Take “W” South for 1 mile to
Slack Road. There is parking at the end, or along side of,
this gravel road.
Oct 20,th – 9:00am – 12:00pm – 3 miles Round Trip
Contact Tim at with questions or concerns
– otherwise, we’ll simply see you there!

Sept 15th, 2018

The Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail will be leading a hike in the Grassy Lake segment on Saturday Sept 15 in connection with the Barronett Colorfest. Hikers should meet before 9:30 AM  where the trail crosses Lehman Lake rd North of Pershing rd. Watch for yellow IAT Event signs. For further info or questions and to estimate numbers, please call or email Dale Cardwell at 715-645-0234 or

Trail Improvement Days


 Trail Work Day coming up Barronette/Cumberland area

Saturday May 5, 9 am-12:30 pm; Timberland Hills section; north of Cumberland.
Go north on US 63 from Cumberland to County H turn west (Ieft)on to CTH H go north to the lighted trail ( left side)
From Spooner go west to WI 70 turn south(left) on to CTH H go south 13 miles to the lighted trail ( on the right) look for the yellow event signs.
Logging has taken place on these sections of the trail over the past 6 months. We will be clearing and repairing areas of the trail as needed for the up-coming hiking season.

We are asking for volunteers to help repair the Trail. Volunteer teams will work under experienced chapter leadership.

Wear: sturdy shoes, long sleeves, a jacket, hat and gloves.

Bring: bow saws, loppers, bow rakes

Drinks and a snack will be provided.

Registration is required. Call Dale Cardwell at 715 645-0234.

April Events

You may now register for the 2018 Annual Conference and Membership Meeting!

Anyone can attend, you do not need to be a member. It’s fun and a great way to meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts!

New this year is our Backpacking Track with sessions geared towards the weekend, section, or thru-hiker! This option is specially priced to hopefully encourage interest and attendance.

We’re also offering a wider variety of hiking options and outings. There should be something for everyone!

We continue to make improvements to the online form, hopefully we got closer to the mark. That said, you’ll need to:
1.Select a conference package,
2.Fill out your personal information,
3.Select the hikes or other outings in which you’d like to participate.

Check it out the details here:

A big THANK YOU to the Chapters who generously agreed to sponsor conference hikes or underwrite other costs associated with this endeavor.

Geology of the ice Age National Scenic Trail

by David M. Mickelson

12 Noon – 1 p.m. Thursday April 5

University of Wisconsin—Barron County

Blue Hills Lecture Hall Room 234

Ritzinger Hall

David Mickelson, Senior Scientist and Emeritus Professor Dept. of Geoscience, U W—Madison is a member of the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) and served on its Board of Directors. He is the lead author of “The Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail” and instrumental in the development of the IATA ColdCache program. He presently is advising the Superior Lobe Chapter in creating a interpretative glacial geology wayside marker at Eagle Point in Cumberland. In addition to authoring many scientific publications he has conducted a Road Scholar program on Wisconsin’s glacial geology

You are invited to join David Mickelson for a 10:00 a.m. brunch at Norske Nook prior to his talk. Please let me know if you plan to attend in order that the restaurant can set up for a sufficient number of people. For those not able to attend the brunch, they are welcome to take their lunch to the presentation.

March 2018Events

Here’s the eager group ready to step off on the Timberland Snowshoe Hike sponsored by the Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Alliance, on Saturday March 23.

Bob Held and Dale Cardwell hastily prepared an alternate route when it was discovered that snow conditions on the planned route would make for an arduous hike.The milder temperatures permitted considerable conversation while walking at a leisure pace. Dale Cardwell and Dale Hanson explained some of the significant glacial geology and drainage systems that are unique in these part of the woods. The conversation then drifted to reflecting on the physicaly handicapped heroes of the American Bikebeiner and the trail travails of others. After completing what might be one of the last opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the Northwoods blanketed in snow for this season, we gathered in the club house for a delicious chill and cornbread dinner along with chocolate bars. All joined in to sing Happy Birthday to Thelma Johnson. With the assistance of Audrey Held, Thelma once again prepared a meal to remember. Thanks also goes to Cumberland Areas Ski Touring Association (CASTA) for the use of their renovated clubhouse.

February 2018


Join us for the 16th Annual Snowshoe Hike
and Program—Feb 10, 2018
9:00 a.m. 7-mile hike to Cheers at Tagalong
10:00 a.m. 3-mile loop hike along Hemlock Creek 11:00 a.m. 1-mile hike on IAT
1:00 p.m. Luncheon Cheers at Tagalong

Photo courtesy of & Marilynn Nash
The Murphy Flowage Recreation Area is on Rusk County Hwy “F” eight miles south of Birchwood
For those traveling from Rice Lake or Weyerhaeuser, the Recreation Area is 4.5-miles North of the junction of Counties “O” and “F”
Cheers at Tagalong on Red Cedar Lake south of Birchwood
For more information, or to secure limited snow shoe rentals, call: Don Erickson (715) 354-3827 or Tim McRaith at 715-651-2517


January, 2018

Annual Meeting-1/ 26, 2018  6:00-7:00

7:00-Program-Patagonia Hike

Location- University of Wisconsin Barron County Campus-Blue Hills Room





1/9/18 Training session for workdays-completed. More to come


Looking for volunteers to work on our National Scenic Trail


Mobile Skills Crew Program

Each year, volunteers from throughout the upper Midwest gather at events across Wisconsin to build the Ice Age Trail, spend some time outside and connect with each other. We’d love to have you join us.

The goal of these events, all part of our Mobile Skills Crew Program, is to build a trailwide group of volunteers who are trained in advanced trail construction and crew leadership techniques. These volunteers, in turn, apply their knowledge and experience to smaller-scale, local trail building projects. It all results in more Ice Age Trail miles on the ground every year.

What to Expect at a Project

At Mobile Skills Crew events, volunteers that have been certified in crew leadership teach their fellow volunteers trail construction and maintenance techniques. Project goals include working safely, having fun and building premier Trail. We provide three meals a day and a place to pitch your tent free of charge for volunteers.

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The activities we do at each project vary depending on the Trail segment’s needs. Sometimes we’ll be building new Ice Age Trail. Other times we improve existing Trail, upgrade signage or build a bridge or boardwalk. Every project needs volunteers for food preparation, community outreach, publicity, entertainment and administration.

Everyone is Welcome

You don’t need previous trail building experience to participate. And you are welcome to lend a hand for whatever amount of time your schedule allows; projects are usually Tuesday through Sunday.

Ready to volunteer?

See the 2018 schedule!





The Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail will host a hike to the Felsenmeer (a sea of rocks) Canyon and the Devil’s Kettle in the Blue Hills on Saturday, October 14th. The hike will be led by Tim McRaith, chapter leader and teacher at WITC. Hikers should wear sensible footwear and meet at the corner of Hwy O and W near the former Blue Hills Inn by 9:00 AM. We will park up the road from there at the county land trail head and hike 1.5 miles down to the Felsenmeer – then 1.5 miles right back up. After that, we can stop at the Devils Kettle, which is nearby on HWY W.  Depending how much we poke around, you should be on your way again between noon and one.

Please RSVP to Tim at 715-651-2517 or email for more information, to plan for numbers, or in case of inclement weather.





Superior Lobe Chapter

IF SO . . . YOU will want to participate in the DNR Recreational Opportunities Analysis so that there are enough places to do your favorite thing.

Public input will influence government decisions that may affect the Ice Age Trail and other non-motorized trails, for better or worse, far in the future.

Attending an OPEN HOUSE is the best way to be heard:

Meetings will be held between 4PM and 7PM. DNR staff will provide a brief overview at each meeting both at 4:30 and 6PM.

Great Northwest Region

· Mon, Aug 28th – Hotel Chequamegon, 101 Lake Shore W, Ashland

· Tue. Aug. 29th – Lodge at Crooked Lake, 2471 Hwy 35N, Siren

· Wed. Aug 30th – Community Library, 418 Corbett Ave, Ladysmith

Taking the online Survey is Easy:

Great Northwest Region

Google “DNR ROA”

Click “Recreation Opportunities Analysis- Wisconsin DNR”

Scroll down past map

· Click Great Northwest Region, online form

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Recent Activities:

April 22, 2017 Chapter volunteers at the Earth Day celebration in Clear Lake, Wisconsin

May 3, 2017 Environmental Community Service Day with Barron High School students and staff member Jessica Gravensen