• View of Southern Wisconsin from the Ice Age NST

    Ice Age

    National Scenic Trail Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources manages many of the permanently protected segments of the Ice Age Trail. The Department also administers the nine-unit Ice Age National Scientific Reserve which was established in 1971.

In 1987, the Wisconsin legislature designated the trail the state's first State Scenic Trail. Three years later, the legislature enacted the Stewardship Program, a fund from which monies are available to assist in acquiring lands for the Ice Age Trail.

Did You Know?

This sign designates a trailhead at the Dells of the Eau Claire Park in Marathon County.

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.