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Contact information
For information, contact:
Forest Headquarters
N1765 Highway G
Campbellsport WI 53010

Ice Age Visitor Center

Jason Quast, Superintendent
Jackie Scharfenberg, Naturalist
Deb Harder, Visitor Services

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Entrance Station

Long Lake Recreation Area Entrance Station

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Northern Unit Current conditions

Conditions as of Friday, May 1, 2015:


All mountain bike AND horse trails are now open for the season. However, riders should be alert for remaining muddy patches, especially along the bridle trails.

Remember, a state trail pass is required for equestrians and mountain-bike riders ages 16 and older. No trail pass is required for the Lake to Lake trail, or for hiking anywhere in the forest. A vehicle admission sticker is required in all fee use areas.


The boat boarding docks are now in place at Mauthe, Auburn, Crooked and Long Lakes.

The fishing pier at Mauthe Lake is also year-round. The fishing pier at Long Lake will be installed before May 22nd for the Memorial Day weekend.

Please see our lakes page for more information on fishing, boating and other recreational opportunities.


The Mauthe Lake and Long Lake entrance stations are open weekends only until May 19th, when they will open seven days a week.

Mauthe Lake Campground - All campsites are now open and reservable for the season. The Entrance Station is open Fridays thru Sundays for stickers and firewood. Weekday visitors should use the self-registration by the entrance bulletin board. Flush toilets and showers are now open as well; however, the beachhouse remains closed. Firewood may be purchased from any local vendor within 10 miles, including Zahn's Trading Post (New Prospect) and Dins Mini Mart (Dundee).

Long Lake Campground - The 600 and 700 loops are open for camping this weekend, and the showers and toilets will be functioning as well. The Entrance Station is open Fridays and Saturdays for stickers and firewood. The 900s loop will open May 8th, and the 800s will open on May 15th. The beach houses remain closed at this time.

Greenbush Group Camp is now open for the season, for groups up to 40 persons/site. Reservations are required for this campground.

New Prospect Horse Camp is now open and reservable for the season. The camp hosts can be found on site #9 for firewood and trail passes. Campers and day-riders may also use the self-registration available at the campground bulletin board.

Backpack Shelters: Shelters 1-5 on the Ice Age Trail are open and reservable year-round. Shelter 6 on the Zillmer Trail is now also open for the season, and reservable through November. Backpack shelter sites are very popular on weekends, and we suggest planning your backpack camping trip early.

Events and programs


The spring turkey season is April 15 through May 26. Visitors venturing off-trail should consider avoiding the colors red, white and blue – the colors of a turkey's head.

About 95 percent of the forest is open to hunting during established open seasons while the Tamarack & Summit trails and both campgrounds are entirely within refuges and not open to hunting at any time. Likewise, no hunting is allowed within 100 yards of any other campground, parking lot, shelter or Parnell Tower.

Office hours

The Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center is open Weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Weekends 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Forest Headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed on holidays).

Last revised: Friday May 01 2015