The Lapham Peak unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin has a tower at the end of the service road, which affords a beautiful view of the surrounding forest, countryside, distant lake, and the town of Delafield. Cross-country skiing is the main draw in winter, but don’t forget to check out the winter panorama before or after skiing.
The tower gives a great view at anytime of the year. During the summer months the trees are in full bloom, in fall one can see the beautiful fall foliage, and in winter the white landscape is just as pretty. On a crisp cold winter day, it is possible to see for miles. You can also check out the skiers as they come by on the Moraine Ridge Trail.
In 1870, the U.S. Army Signal Corps built one of its original weather signal station on top of Lapham Peak. The tower received data from Pikes Peak and relayed it to the United States Weather Bureau in Chicago.
Lapham Peak is part of the Wisconsin State Park system. There is a fee system to enjoy all of these parks. For more information on the fees click here.
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