Indian Lake County Park

Madison, Wisconsin 53718

Indian Lake County Park

Indian Lake County Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Sign in as a visitor in a historic chapel on a bluff overlooking a small lake and then hike parts of the Ice Age Trail and local ski trails over rolling hills. In the winter of 1856, John Endres and his entire family became infected with diphtheria during an epidemic in southern Wisconsin.

The disease was especially dangerous for children, and Endres climbed to the top of the hill above their home and prayed, promising that if his family survived, he would construct a chapel there. Indeed, everyone survived, and Endres made good on his promise. In 1857, he constructed the tiny St. Mary of the Oaks, containing an altar with a praying Virgin Mary, a picture of Jesus, and various other religious objects."

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Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-2.5 hours
Year-round 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
950 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Snowmobiling, Boat Launch/Ramp, Boating
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
USGS Black Earth and Springfield Corners; map board at trailhead
Local Maps

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Dec 2018