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For information, contact:
Forest Headquarters
N1765 Highway G
Campbellsport WI 53010
262-626-2116

Ice Age Visitor Center
920-533-8322

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

Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Entrance Station
262-626-4305

Long Lake Recreation Area Entrance Station
920-533-8612

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Northern Unit Current conditions

Conditions as of Friday, February 20, 2015:

Trails

The forest has received just a dusting of new snow since February 3rd. The skate lanes at Zillmer were touched up Thursday morning, February 19th, and staff do not expect to do any further grooming until Monday Feb 23rd, at the earliest. Conditions are fair to good, but expect some debris on the trails. Conditions are similar at Greenbush, but be cautious for icy conditions. Note the Greenbush and Zillmer ski trails are now closed to hikers and pets, as grooming has begun. Snowshoers and hikers are welcome on any trail in the forest except the groomed ski trails. The snowmobile trails remain closed.

Remember, a state trail pass is required for equestrians, mountain-bike riders and Zillmer trail skiers ages 16 and older. No trail pass is required for hiking or snowmobiling. A vehicle admission sticker is required in all fee use areas.

Events and programs

Zillmer Trail Candlelight Ski/Hike – Feb 7th from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cross-country ski or hike by candlelight, then join us at the bonfire for hot drinks and snacks. The trail is perfect for novice skiers with no steep hills or sharp turns. The shelter building will be lit and heated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine. County Rd SS 1/4 mile west of County Rd G (near New Prospect).

Camping

Mauthe Lake Campground - The tepee has been taken down and the 500 loop has been closed for the season. The 100-400 campsites remain open for first-come, first-served camping; however only the 100 loop will be plowed. The entrance station is also closed for the season, but self-registration is allowed on available campsites by following the instructions at the entrance station bulletin board. Flush toilets and showers have been shut down, but drinking water is available year-round behind the entrance station. 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 - has closed for the season and will reopen May 1st, 2015. Reservations are now being accepted with ReserveAmerica.

Greenbush Group Camp - is closed for the season and will reopen May 1st 2015. Reservations are required in this campground

New Prospect Horse Camp is closed for the season and will reopen May 1st 2015.

Backpack Shelters: Shelters 1-5 on the Ice Age Trail are open and reservable year-round. Shelter 6 on the Zillmer Trail is closed for the winter, but is reservable from April through November.

Nature

Cold temperatures have settled in, but wildlife are still active looking for food. Every fresh snow brings new opportunity to see who's been wandering through the forest – look for tracks of deer, turkeys and rabbits, the tunnels of mice & voles, maybe even a scuffle site where a hawk has caught it's prey. Now is also the time of year to look for antlers that the deer have begun to shed. The white backdrop and lack of leaves create great opportunities to view the glacial kames, kettles and eskers throughout the forest.

Lakes

The lakes have been rapidly forming ice due to the recent colder temperatures, and fisherman have been out on the forest lakes. Be advised that the DNR does not monitor ice conditions, and does not consider any ice to be 100% safe. Please use caution when venturing out over the water. All boat launches in the forest are open. When we get enough snowfall, all launches except Forest and Butler lakes will be plowed. Some areas will require a state park sticker. Please see our lakes page for more information.

Hunting

All deer hunting has ended for the season. However, many small game seasons remain in progress through February. About 95% of the forest is open to hunting within established open seasons (see map).

The Zillmer Trail area remains bow hunting only for small game, while the Tamarack and Summit trails and both campgrounds are entirely within refuges and not open to hunting at any time.

Office hours

The Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center is open Wednesdays - Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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

Last revised: Friday February 20 2015