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David R. Obey Ice Age Interpretive Center

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area


13394 County Highway M
New Auburn, WI 54757

The Interpretive Center is about 7 miles east of New Auburn and 1.9 miles east of State Highway 40.

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Beginning Nov. 1, 2023, the David R. Obey Interpretive Center will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Things to Do

Begin your visit to the Chippewa Moraine or travels along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail at the Ice Age Interpretive Center. Trailheads for the popular loop trails start from the center and there is access to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail just 30 steps from the front door.

Many hands-on and interactive activities are offered at the center. You can hold a snake, pet a turtle, dig for fossils, borrow snowshoes, watch a nature video, go on a scavenger hunt, feed the fish, discover how ice formed the Chippewa Moraine, try the voyageurs' paddle race or play voyageurs' tug-of-war.

Visit the rain garden, prairie garden and wildflower/fern garden to enjoy and identify native flowers.

The center is named for David R. Obey, former United States Congressman, who was instrumental in ensuring that the reserve and its interpretive center would be a showplace of glacial history and in extending the Ice Age National Scenic Trail throughout the state. The center is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs and adults and children of all ability levels can see and use the exhibits.

Gift Shop

Yes (Ice Age Trail Alliance items available for sale.)

School Field Trips

Yes - Contact property staff for more details.