Superior Lobe Chapter

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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!


About  Our Chapter in the Barronette, Cumberland, Rice Lake, Birchwood Area

The Superior Lobe Chapter was formed in 2001. 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




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


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.


Trail Improvement Dates-more details of location to come

Saturday May 5,  9-12-Grassy Lake section. South of Shell Lake, east on Lehman Lake Road at Shinglecamp Road.

Saturday May 12,  9-12,   Timberland Hills section, north of Cumberland, west on Cty Rd. H at lighted ski trail.


Logging has taken place on these sections of the trail over the past 6 months.  We will be clearing nd repairing areas of the trail as needed for the upcoming hiking season.


We are asking for volunteers to help repair the trail.  Wear: sturdy shoes, long sleeves, a jacket, hat and gloves

Bring: if have any bow saws, loppers and bow rakes.  We have some too

Drinks and snacks will be provided

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

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





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