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The Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains is part of the LocationNational Ice Age Scientific Reserve. Located just west of Madison near the village of Cross Plains, this area contains an outstanding collection of glacial landforms, a gorge carved by meltwater and expansive views of both driftless and glaciated terrain.

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Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains

Wisconsin State Park System Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains

Aerial view of the northwest corner of the Ice Age Complex.

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  • The Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains is a compilation of federal, state and county land near the village of Cross Plains, Wisconsin. Currently there is about 750 acres of public land available for recreation. The entire proposed project boundary encompasses about 1,500 acres. The complex is open year-round from sunrise to sunset daily. The properties are closed to visitors after dark.


The main access area is on Old Sauk Pass Road. Parking is available along the roadway near the former Wilkie Farm (8075 Old Sauk Pass Road). Vehicles must not block the gate. Parking is also available at the end of North Birch Trail where a short trail provides access to the DNR land south of the road. A small parking lot off of County Highway S provides access to the Fish and Wildlife property.




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Last revised: Monday May 15 2017