The Friends of Lapham Peak have been raising funds and developing plans for the new Lapham Lodge, to be located at the Evergreen Trailhead in the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Fundraising and design have reached the point where the Friends were able to donate the future building to the DNR at the May Natural Resources Board meeting in Madison. The DNR graciously accepted the donation, to be effective in late 2024 when the building is to be completed, and presented the Friends with a commemorative plaque.

The building will be a 5000 square foot visitors center that will serve park users on a year-round basis. It will include a large gathering space, a multi-purpose meeting room, men’s, women’s and family restrooms, two changing rooms, and areas for storage of visitor’s gear. It will have an expansive view of the park, to the east, and is being designed to be accessible to all users.

Additional funds are still needed for the construction. Visit the Friend’s website at laphampeakfriends.org/lodge/ to learn more about the project and to donate.

Pictured are DNR Secretary Adam Payne, John McCarthy, DNR Superintendent Anne Korman, Mark Herr, Paul Keber, and NRB Chairperson Bill Smith.  - Group Photograph by Wisconsin DNR

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