Candlelight Ski/Hike is back! Join the Friends on Saturday, January 28th from 6:00 – 8:45 pm at Homestead Hollow Picnic Area for an enjoyable outdoor nature event. New guidelines this year for the event! Parking inside of the property is limited to approximately 450 vehicles.  A 2017 WI State Park annual vehicle admission sticker or a $5.00 Special Event vehicle admission fee is required per car. In addition to the vehicle admission, a parking voucher will be issued at the park office upon entrance. Vouchers are free and available first come, first served. Limit one per person. Park staff encourages people wishing to participate in the Candlelight Ski/Hike to pick up a free voucher at the Lapham Peak office prior to 6pm on Friday, January 27th 2017 in order to ensure access to the event. Carpooling is encouraged. Office hours are generally open 12pm to 7:45pm daily. Print 2017 Candlelight Hike.

Vouchers are going fast!

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Thank you to all the patrons who supported Summer Solstice June 18th. The new Mike Fort Picnic Shelter was dedicated to Mike Fort for all his service at Lapham Peak with buckthorn removal, prairie restoration and habitat management.

Contact Rita to help next year.



Hausmann Nature Center opens on Sat. and Sun., June 4 – Oct 30 from 1 PM-4:30 PM if we have enough volunteers to staff. Contact Louise Borzynski at 262- 646-8583 or email if interested in volunteering or have questions.

Sign up here to assist at the Hausmann Nature Center if you already participated in an orientation session.

Spring is the time of year park staff and certified volunteers  do prescribed burns at Lapham Peak to help control invasive species and help rejuvenate prairie plants. Buchthorn Buster Duane Stein created a video of a 2015 prairie burn at Lapham Peak. Enjoy the prairie burn video.


Buckthorn Busters

Buckthorn Busters (a group of the Friends/volunteers) clear invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle from the park. Work is in all areas of the park. The group works most weeks, a number of mornings weather permitting.  For more information, contact the park office.

Most of the crew, November 2016

Most of the crew, November 2016