Situated along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area offers unspoiled beauty with kettle lakes and many glacial features. The Chippewa Moraine is one of nine units of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. Hiking, snowshoeing, outpost camping, fishing and bird watching are popular activities. The David R. Obey Ice Age Interpretive Center houses first-class glacial, cultural and natural history displays.
Activities and recreation
Motorized vehicles, bicycles and horses are not permitted anywhere within the Chippewa Moraine, which is one of nine units of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve.
There are more than 23 miles of hiking trails within the Chippewa Moraine. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail travels through the Chippewa Moraine, connecting to the interpretive center and loop trails and the three primitive, outpost campsites. All pets must be on leash 8 feet or shorter and under control at all times near the visitor center.
Three outpost campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Quiet and scenic, these sites provide a peaceful experience for those who enjoy primitive camping. Two of the sites are within a half mile of the interpretive center. The third campsite is a canoe-in site about five miles away from the park headquarters. Register at the interpretive center before heading out. Sites are $16 (residents) or $21 (non-residents) per night. Each site has a fire ring and open-air toilet.
There are picnic tables outside the interpretive center.
Boating, canoeing and kayaking
North and South Shattuck, Jeanstow, Knickerbocker, Townline, Horseshoe and Plummer lakes offer boating, canoeing and kayaking opportunities.
Fishing is available in the many lakes within the Chippewa Moraine. Fishing licenses apply.
Hunting and trapping
Hunting and trapping are permitted in the property during legal hunting and trapping seasons. No person may hunt or trap without first obtaining a property map identifying those areas closed to hunting and trapping within the property. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails.
During winter, Chippewa Moraine's trails are open to snowshoeing, hiking and cross-country skiing. Trails are not groomed.
Ice fishing is available. Staff do not monitor ice conditions on the area lakes.