No more wet feet on Tamarack Nature Trail in Kettle Moraine State Forest

Trail improvements were made possible by a Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grant.

A notoriously muddy section of the Tamarack Nature Trail around Mauthe Lake has been reconstructed to sit higher than the puddle level, with culverts installed for proper drainage.

In a FDL Reporter story, retired naturalist Jackie Scharfenberg explains that the Friends of the Kettle Moraine – Northern Unit received several donations to fund this project, which was matched by a grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. The Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit covered labor.

Each year, $500,000 in Knowles-Nelson funds is budgeted for the Friends Grant Program. Friends Groups and nonprofit conservation organizations have long played an important role in improving park facilities and restoring habitat on state properties.

The Tamarack Nature Trail is a two-mile loop around Mauthe Lake that’s great for a casual hike. Unlike the Kettle Moraine State Forest’s usual rugged terrain, this flat path is a breeze for walkers of all levels, making it ideal for families and anyone looking for a relaxing stroll. It’s also a great introduction to the Northern Unit for out-of-town visitors.

Featured image by Joshua Mayer, 2012.

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