Indian Lake County Park

Cross Plains, Wisconsin

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One of the largest parks in Dane County, Indian Lake has nearly 500 acres of rugged countryside with trails winding up steep hills to give impressive views over the park’s small lake. This kettle lake was formed when a depression created by a receding glacier filled with water. This hike traces the Ice Age Trail through Indian Lake County Park and around Indian Lake, an attractive tarn bordered by hill and prairie, wood and field. It rolls through meadows and restored prairie, before crossing Halfway Prairie Creek and reaching the park boat ramp. From there the hike joins a connector trail, skirting the north shore of Indian Lake. Complete the circuit with a short walk along the park entrance road.
Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition

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Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

One of the largest parks in Dane County, Indian Lake has nearly 500 acres of rugged countryside with trails winding up steep hills to give impressive views over the park’s small lake. This kettle lake was formed when a depression created by a receding glacier filled with water.

This hike traces the Ice Age Trail through Indian Lake County Park and around Indian Lake, an attractive tarn bordered by hill and prairie, wood and field. It rolls through meadows and restored prairie, before crossing Halfway Prairie Creek and reaching the park boat ramp. From there the hike joins a connector trail, skirting the north shore of Indian Lake. Complete the circuit with a short walk along the park entrance road.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Cross Plains
Distance: 3.6 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Additional Use: Snowmobiling, Boat Launch/Ramp, Boating
Features: Views, Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Dane County Parks, 1 Fen Oak Ct., Room 234, Madison, WI 53718; (608) 246-3896; www.countyofdane.com
Local Maps: USGS Springfield Corners, Black Earth; Indian Lake County Park available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Indian Lake County Park

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