Near Camp Douglas in Monroe County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ice Age National Scientiﬁc Reserve
[graphic of] Prominent Glacial Features
Deep winter in Wisconsin lasts about three months. But during the last two million years, dramatic shifts in climate produced periods with longer winters. These cold spells lasted thousands of years. As snow accumulated an ice sheet formed and grew to cover most of Canada and Northern United States.
The last great episode of the Ice Age ended about 10,000 years ago. Called the "Wisconsin Glaciation," it radically altered this landscape. Creeping ice excavated vast quantities of rock and soil. When the ice melted, the debris it carried was deposited to form an amazing variety of glacial features.
[graphic of] National Scientific Reserve Sites
Ice Age National Scientific Reserve preserves evidence of the great glaciers. The Reserve consists of nine sites administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the National Park Service. Here, present and future generations may study and enjoy their glacial inheritance.
Mill Bluff Unit
[map of unit]
The great glaciers of the most recent Ice Age never reached Mill Bluff, but its meltwaters did. Ice dammed drainage channels just north of Devils Lake and caused volumes of meltwater to back up into a large
Mill Bluff, the steep sandstone promontory in front of you, stood as an island in Glacial Lake Wisconsin. From an overlook on top of Mill Bluff you can look out over the drained lake bed and see other picturesque bluffs that were Ice Age islands. Stone steps just ahead lead to its overlook. The walk up takes about 5 minutes.
Erected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the National Park Service.
Location. 43° 56.446′ N, 90° 19.132′ W. Marker is near Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, in Monroe County. Marker is on Funnel Road north of U.S. 12, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15819 Funnel Road, Camp Douglas WI 54618, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mesas and Buttes (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wisconsin Winnebago Veterans Monument (approx. 2.9 miles away); In memory of 1st Lt. Jerome A. Volk (approx. 2.9 miles away); Wisconsin Military Reservation (approx. 3.1 miles away); Castle Rock (approx. 3.3 miles away); New Lisbon Civil War Memorial (approx. 8.9 miles away); Robert Howie (approx. 9½ miles away); Tomah (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camp Douglas.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of Ice Age National Scientific Reserve or Trail markers.
Also see . . .
1. Mill Bluff Geology. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Website. (Submitted on February 11, 2011.)
2. Mill Bluff State Park. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 11, 2011.)
3. Geology of Ice Age National Scientific Reserve of Wisconsin. Details and photos. (Submitted on February 11, 2011.)
Categories. • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 535 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.