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Ice Age Trail: Whitewater Lake-Clover Valley Connection

On-road connecting route between the Whitewater Lake and Clover Valley segments of the Ice Age Trail.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.8 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

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Points of Interest

1. Clover Valley Road

The connecting route begins where the Whitewater Lake segment ends at the intersection with Clover Valley Road.

The 5 mile on-road connection routes begins by turning right and heading west on Clover Valley Road.

2. Clover Valley/Thatcher/Engel Intersection

Here Clover Valley Road turns right and heads north.

3. Natural Spring

Locals have been coming here regularly to capture the cool, clear water bubbling up from this hand dug well. You can join them by topping off your water bottle before continuing north on Clover Valley Road.

4. Clover Valley Rd/Millis Rd Intersection

Turn left to follow Clover Valley Road west at it's intersection with Millis Road.

5. Clover Valley/Anderson Intersection

At the intersection of Clover Valley and Anderson roads, Clover Valley heads north into Whitewater, and good location to stock up on supplies.

To follow the connection route, leave Clover Valley road by continuing straight through the intersection onto Anderson Road.

6. Anderson Rd/Island Dr Intersection

The connection route turns left onto Island Drive. This is a secondary road with a gravel surface that could easily be mistaken for a driveway.

7. STH 89

The connecting route crosses state highway 89. This is a busy road with fast moving traffic.

Following STH 89 north provides an alternate route into Whitewater, or a good return route from Whitewater if you had detoured north earlier.

8. Clover Valley Segment Trailhead

The connecting route ends where the Ice Age Trail enters the Clover Valley State Wildlife area.

There is a small grassy parking area with information board on the south side of Island Road.

The Ice Age Trail continues south through the Clover Valley State Wildlife area as the Clover Valley segment.

9. Whitewater Lake Campground

The Whitewater Lake campground is the southernmost campground in the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit. It is the closest campground to the Whitewater Lake-Clover Valley connecting route.

10. Whitewater Lake Ranger Station

Local state park office for the Whitewater Lake section of the Kettle Moraine State Forest-South.

Amenities include campsite registration, campfire wood, vending, and additional information about the Whitewater Lake area, including the Ice Age Trail.