In 1983, the National Park Service completed a Comprehensive Management Plan for the Ice Age Trail. This plan provides overall guidance for its development and management. Today about 660 miles of the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail have been built. To complete the trail, detailed public planning processes are being carried out in counties where significant gaps remain. Planning effoirts are currently underway in Marquette, Rock, and Chippewa Counties. To review and comment on these efforts, click on the following links:
The following completed plans are available on-line.
Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains (2012)
In 2001, a Handbook for Trail Design, Construction and Maintenance was developed which includes more detailed guidance and a broad range of technical information regarding the methods and standards used to construct the trail.
Did You Know?
The oldest exposed bedrock along the Ice Age Trail occurs at the Dells of the Eau Claire in Marathon County and Grandfather Falls in Lincoln County. In both areas bedrock outcrops have been dated at about 1.8 billion years old.