Indian Lake County Park is one of Dane County’s largest parks.A winding trail leads to a historic chapel built-in 1857, located on a hilltop with a breathtaking view of the lake and surrounding valley. Trails provide access around the entire lake, offering many recreational opportunities including access to a log cabin warming house (non-reservable). The park also has an unfenced dog park located adjacent to the small boat launch on the west side of the lake, First time we went to this park we found ourselves at the dog park and drove past the actual trail.
There is so much history to learn about, like the chapel on the hill which had been there since 1857 most people come hiking here and miss this chapel.
From the parking lot, you will have to make a quick left to see the chapel and there is a trail leading you to the chapel on the right, it’s very narrow and hilly nothing that a three-year-old can’t handle until you make it to this staircase. My daughter really loves hiking up to the chapel.eve in the winter the staircase looks beautiful with the snow.
built by German immigrant John Endres in 1857.
Take your time when you reach the top, open the gate and go inside the chapel and go home do more research kind interesting area, keep hiking to the gorgeous view.
We have hiked here so many times and every time we come it’s different and fun.from this area you will have to follow the trail back the same way you came and explore other trails in the park, I carried my daughter most time we explore other trails because of its over 3 miles.
The trail is mostly shaded in the summer but don’t forget the bug spray. It’s wonderful trail in the winter for snowshoeing we always see people country skiing, there are different trails for hikers and skiers so pay attention to the signs on the trail, it’s well marked so you can’t get lost. Spring time you hike through wildflowers it’s gorgeous
The trail is well maintend because it’s IAG.
This is pretty much how the views look like in the summer at the Indian lake county park.
This trail is definitely family friendly I highly recommend it to the outdoor families who want to get away from the city. There is a playground near the shelter or parking lot, bring your picnic basket and hang out after a hike.
A wonderful four season county park with terrific hiking trails in a variety of terrains.
Please find the map. IndianLake_Overview map
Trail Length: 3.9 mi it took us 2hrs to complete the inner loop.
Directions and address
1) Shelter 1
8183 State Highway 19
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