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Ice Age Trail: Whitewater Lake

Follow the Ice Age trail through two state natural areas from HWY 12 to Clover Valley Road near Whitewater Lake.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.4 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000... more »

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Yellow blazes, small rectangles painted or hung on trees or post along the trail, are the official trail blaze of the ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. HWY 12

The Blackhawk segment starts at HWY 12 at a deveoped trailhead. On the south side of HWY 12, the trail enters the Bluff Creek State Natural Area.

There is a large parking lot, information board, "iron ranger" self pay station for fees, and a portable toliet.

2. Whitewater Vista

A clearing on a high vantage point provides a scenic vista of Whitewater to the West.

3. Esterly Road

The trail crosses Esterly Road.

The Lone Tree Bluff Scenic Overlook is 0.25 miles north on Esterly road.

4. Old staircase

An old staircase helps the trail ascend the slope. Some of the steps give quite a bit. Avoid the middle of the steps and try to step near the edges where there is additional support as to preserve the plank steps

5. CTH P

The trail crosses CTH P.

6. Whitewater Lake Vista

A high clearing provides a scenic vista of Rice Lake and Whitewater Lake.

7. Whitewater Campground Spur

A short spur trail leads to the Whitewater Campground loop. The campground as restrooms and water.

A bit further up, the trail runs directly behind a few of the campsites on the southern part of the loop.

8. Whitewater Ranger Station Spur

A marked signpost marks a spur trail leading to the Whitewater Ranger Station. The Whitewater Ranger Station provides campground registration, wood, vending, as well as information about the Ice Age trail and the Whitewater Lake area.

9. HiLo Road

The trail crosses HiLo Road.

10. Whitewater Creek Bridge

A small bridge surrounded by boardwalk crosses over Whitewater Creek.

11. Clover Valley Road

The official Ice Age Trail Whitewater Lake segment ends at Clover Valley Road.

The Ice Age continues at the Clover Valley segment approximately 5 miles over roads.

12. Rice Lake Parking Area

A small parking lot near the Rice Lake Nature trails. A convenient place to park on the south end of this trail segment.

13. Whitewater Ranger Station

Local state park office for the Whitewater Lake section of the Kettle Moraine State Forest-South.

Amenities include campsite registration, campfire wood, vending, and additional information about the Whitewater Lake area, including the Ice Age Trail.

14. Lone Tree Bluff Scenic Overlook

A high clearing provides a scenic vista to the northeast. Presumably named after a single, large, burr oak tree that crowned the bluff.