Focus on Friends - Friends of Lapham Peak

LP FriendsThe Friends of Lapham Peak State Park in Wisconsin, was founded in 1989. From its beginning, the ‘Friends’ have been dedicated to dedicated to supporting and promoting the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak Unit in a variety of ways. The very first project was to raise funds and enlist volunteers dedicated to lighting the 2.5 mile ski trail.  The ‘Friends’ dedication and volunteer base has grown as well as its achievements. Park visitors have the ‘Friends’ to thank for:

  • Developed Disabled Accessible Trail
  • Funded Trecker Lodge – fireplace, furniture, rubber flooring, trail lights down to the shelter and windmill
  • Built kiosks around the park
  • Some snow grooming equipment
  • Fundraising for snow making project which includes electrical power, underground piping, hoses with quick connects, high-efficiency snow guns, and a high pressure pump to deliver the water
  • Funding for Lupo Pond (water supply for snow making)
  • Volunteering at Hausmann Nature Center on weekends June-October
  • Plants and shed for Butterfly Garden
  • Kids Korner interactive displays at Hausmann Nature Center
  • Displays in Hausmann Nature Center, in the Butterfly Garden and around the park
  • picnic shelter at Evergreen area and in fall 2015 at Homestead Hollow area
Membership period is from January through December; however you are welcome to join at any time throughout the year. New members paying on or after October1 will be considered members in good standing for the following calendar year.
The main attraction of the park is the 45 foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County.  The park’s glaciated topography provides excellent hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing on the lighted trails. To find out more information on hiking and skiing click on Trail/Hike/ Run Bike and Skiing. The park also features SummerStage, an outdoor stage situated in a natural amphitheater off the lighted ski trail about 300 yards from the Evergreen Parking lot. For more information, please go to
The park is located 3/4 mile south of I-94 on County Hwy C (Delafield exit)