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Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak Unit in Delafield

Activities: Birding, Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Nature Center, Picnicking, Snowshoeing, Wildlife Viewing


Located just off I-94 in Delafield. Lapham Peak, at 1,233 feet in elevation, is the highest point in Waukesha County. It is topped by a 45-foot observation tower with panoramic views of Southeastern Wisconsin. Approximately 1,000 acres of glaciated topography includes kames, kettles, and eskers.


The park includes the Hausmann Nature Center, three picnic areas, a butterfly garden, a prairie restoration area, an amphitheater, and rentable enclosed shelters. One backpacking campsite is available adjacent to the segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail that meanders through the entire park.


About 26 miles of trail are available for hiking.  Approximately 17 miles of those trails are groomed in winter for skate and stride skiing. A 2.5 mile portion of the trail is lighted for night skiing. There also are trails to accommodate horseback riding, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and dog sled training, along with a wheelchair accessible trail.



Identified as an ebird hotspot with 181 species recorded.


Entrance fee or Wisconsin State Parks sticker required.




For more information go to Lapham Peak Unit website.

For Friends of Lapham Peak website click here.

For DNR map click here.



Story Links:

New Year’s Day at Lapham Peak

Lapham Peak: A Summer Bouquet!

Celebrating the Ice Age Trail in Southeastern Wisconsin!





Gallery (click to enlarge)


W329 N846 Co Rd C
53018, Delafield, wi, US