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About Lapham Peak

The Lapham Peak Unit of the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest

Lapham_Peak_towerThe Kettle Moraine and Lapham Peak were formed 10,000 years ago when a glacier covered much of Wisconsin. Lapham Peak’s glaciated topography provides excellent hiking, backpacking and cross-country skiing on lighted trails. Climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County (1,233 feet above sea level).

The forest is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. year round.


Lapham Peak is 25 miles west of Milwaukee and one mile south of Interstate 94 near Delafield, on County Highway C. Geographic coordinates are 43° 2′ 27.6″ N, 88° 24′ 14.5″ W.

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  • Vehicle admission sticker is required.
  • If attending a SummerStage event, the vehicle fee is $5 if you don’t have a state park sticker.
  • Camping fees for the Wisconsin State Park System.
  • State trail pass is required for bikers, horseback riders and skiers 16 years of age and older.

Hausmann Nature Center

  • Outdoor Education Field Trips at the Hausmann Nature Center are provided by Milwaukee Public Schools – Recreation
  • The Hausmann Nature Center may also be rented for events. Nature Center brochure [PDF].

Summer Stage

Summer Stage is an outdoor stage for the performing arts within the boundaries of Lapham Peak. Summer Stage offers a unique outdoor venue for music, theater, comedy and dance. Performances are typically June through August. The stage may also be rented for use.

For more information visit the Lapham Peak website.