Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Dane County Parks

Ice Age Reserve Wildlife Area

The 131-acre Ice Age Reserve Wildlife Area is a Dane County Wildlife Area within the Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains and the National Ice Age Scientific Reserve. The property consists primarily of crop fields and some small woodlots and contains glacial landforms, including a gorge carved by meltwater. A 1.5-mile long segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail goes through the property and offers exceptional views of the glacial features and surrounding landscape.

The Cross Plains State Park managed by WDNR and the Cross Plains Interpretive Site managed by the National Parks Service are accessible from the Old Sauk Pass Road parking lot.

Special hunting regulations:

  • Areas within 100 yards on either side of the Ice Age Trail are closed to hunting.


Cross-country Skiing (ungroomed trail)


Hiking Trail



Snowshoeing (designated trail)


Wildlife Viewing