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establishing goals and objectives for DNR properties.
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monitoring goals and objectives.
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studying new properties.
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parks, forests, wildlife, fisheries, natural areas, trails, wild rivers and flowages.
Contact information
For information on the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area master planning, contact:
Ann Freiwald
Dave Hladilek
property supervisor

Property Master Plans Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area

The 3,568-acre Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area (CMSRA) was designated as a state recreation area in 1990. The property is largely forested and dotted with kettle lakes and wetlands.

boardwalk on the Ice Age Trail

South Shattuck Lake, Chippewa Moraine

The CMSRA is managed for the protection, preservation and interpretation of the nationally significant geologic features which are evidence of the Wisconsonian stage of the continental glaciation, such as ice-walled lake plains, kettles and hummocks. Outdoor recreation opportunities on the property include studying Wisconsin's natural history at the interpretive center, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, sightseeing and wildlife viewing.

Planning update

The department gathered public input on the initial draft master plan for the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area (CMSRA) from June 7th to June 30th, 2017. During this time period, the department hosted an open house meeting on June 20th at the David R. Obey Ice Age Interpretation Center located in the CMSRA to share the draft master plan and to gather public input. Nineteen (19) people attended the open house meeting. We received several letters, and emails commenting on the plan.

Based on public comments in response to the initial draft amendment, the document was revised slightly. The more notable revisions include:

  • Clarification of the parking lot plowing current practices
  • Additional information on the Ice Age Scientific Reserve
  • Added emphasis on the importance of the Interpretive Center to the education programming on the property

Presentation to the Natural Resources Board

The department anticipates presenting the proposed master plan to the Natural Resources Board (NRB) for their consideration to approve at their October 25, 2017 meeting in Madison. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and may testify or submit written comments about the proposed amendment.

The meeting agenda and instructions for how to provide testify or comments to the NRB can be found at:

In addition, the NRB meeting will be broadcast over the internet and people can view the meeting by clicking on “NRB webcasts” and selecting “Watch.”

Planning documents

Draft Master Plan

Public Comment Summaries

Current Master Plan

Chippewa Moraine Unit Ice Age National Scientific Reserve [PDF]
March 1990

Regional and Property Analysis

Regional & Property Analysis [PDF]
DNR PUB-LF-102 2016



Your comments are important so please consider attending public meetings, mailing in comments or calling us. We welcome your feedback on property management goals and master planning issues throughout the process. Please send comments or questions to:

Ann Freiwald, planner
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster St.
Madison WI 53703

Dave Hladilek
property supervisor
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
13394 County Highway M
New Auburn WI 54757

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Last revised: Friday October 06 2017