Ice Age Trail Lodi Marsh Segment

Lodi, Wisconsin

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Follow a guided nature loop across a hilltop prairie overlooking the marsh, then climb a bluff through forest and restored prairie with views of rolling farmland. Lodi Marsh and its springs surround the upper 2 miles of Spring Creek. They are breeding grounds for several species of birds, including great blue herons, sandhill cranes, willow and alder flycatchers, and blue-winged warblers. If you are into moths—and who isn’t?—this is a moth-rich environment, several of which are found only in wetlands. Some rare species include the silphium borer moth, Newman’s brocade, and the ottoe skipper. On the south side of the marsh is a 240-foot knob hill partly covered with drymesic forest composed primarily of red oak, sugar maple, and basswood. The south slope, however, is prairie.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Madison

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Madison

by Kevin Revolinksi (Menasha Ridge Press)

Follow a guided nature loop across a hilltop prairie overlooking the marsh, then climb a bluff through forest and restored prairie with views of rolling farmland. Lodi Marsh and its springs surround the upper 2 miles of Spring Creek. They are breeding grounds for several species of birds, including great blue herons, sandhill cranes, willow and alder flycatchers, and blue-winged warblers. If you are into moths—and who isn’t?—this is a moth-rich environment, several of which are found only in wetlands.

Some rare species include the silphium borer moth, Newman’s brocade, and the ottoe skipper. On the south side of the marsh is a 240-foot knob hill partly covered with drymesic forest composed primarily of red oak, sugar maple, and basswood. The south slope, however, is prairie.

© 2015 Kevin Revolinksi/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lodi
Distance: 7.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round. The northernmost portion of the trail is closed during the 9-day deer-hunting season at the end of November.
Trailhead Elevation: 875 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Lodi; Ice Age Trail Atlas
Driving Directions: Directions to Ice Age Trail: Lodi Marsh Segment

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