Hiking the Ice Age Trail Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment

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Grenlie Lake from the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Grenlie Lake from the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail


The Skunk and Foster Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail is a 3.7 mile linear footpath. It is a moderately difficult hike. As the trail enters the Skunk and Foster Lake State Natural Area the terrain becomes hilly and scenic. This trail segment is well defined and easy to follow. It is a lonely segment separated by many miles of roads from the Waupaca River Segment to the south and the New Hope Iola Segment to the north.




Along the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Along the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail


A smattering of kettle lakes defines the Skunk and Foster Lake State Natural Area. The scenic hike looping around these kettles is hilly and set into deep forest. The trail continues through forest and over hilly terrain to the south till it meets the railroad at Sheridan.

A few unmarked intersecting access trails can be used to access the shoreline of Skunk Lake in the natural area. Be mindful of the yellow blazes of the Ice Age Trail to ensure you do not get off on one of these intersecting trails mistakenly. Otherwise the trail is well defined and well marked and there is a nice parking area for the natural area. This is a great hike for nearby residents and a popular dog walking area.



Along the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Along the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail


Overview: Ice Age National Trail - Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment



COUNTY: Portage
COMMUNITIES: Amherst, Scandinavia, Sheridan

TOTAL MILES: 3.67 miles linear
DIFFICULTY: Moderate

NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: Waupaca River Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: New Hope Iola Segment

POINTS OF INTEREST: Skunk Lake, Foster Lake, Grenlie Lake, Skunk and Foster Lake State Natural Area




Directions and Trail Map





Address for your GPS: N5257 North Foley Drive, Scandinavia, WI 54977
| coordinates: 44.428193, -89.209224 |

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From Milwaukee2 Hours
From Madison2 Hours
From Green Bay1.5 Hours
From Wausau1 Hour
From Minneapolis3.5 Hours
From Chicago3.5 Hours


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Foster Lake on the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Foster Lake on the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail

Skunk Lake on the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Skunk Lake on the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail

Along the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Along the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment of the Ice Age Trail






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