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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 Wednesday, September 24, 2014:

Alert: Highway 28 in Kewaskum is closed to all through-traffic until fall. Visitors and campers coming to the forest from the south via Highway 45 should follow the Highway 67 detour, seven miles north of Kewaskum. Please contact the Forest Headquarters or Ice Age Visitor Center if you have any questions or need further direction.

Trails

The horse and mountain bike trails are open and in good condition. We ask that riders refrain from using the trails within 12 hrs of a rain event, to prevent long-term damage. The summer flooding has left a few muddy stretches on the Tamarack Nature trail, but the hiking trails in general are in great shape. The Bridle, Greenbush, New Fane, and Zillmer trails will be mowed one more time this season to prepare for winter ski and snowmobile season.

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

Events and programs

Camping

All campgrounds are currently open. The entrance stations at Mauthe Lake and Long Lake are open Fridays 1-8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Self-registration is allowed on any open campsite, by following the instructions at the entrance station bulletin boards. Firewood will only be sold in the campgrounds when the entrance stations are open, but may be purchased from any local vendor within 10 miles. These include Parkview General Store (outside Mauthe Lk), Zahn's Trading Post (New Prospect) and Dins Mini Mart (Dundee).

Mauthe Lake Campground - The tepee will be taken down for the season the week of September 29th. The remainder of the campground is reservable through October 25th. The 100-400 campsites will be available for first-come, first-served camping through winter. Flush toilets and showers will remain open until freezing weather sets in, approximately mid-October.

Long Lake Campground - Campsites are available and reservable through October 12th. The campground will close for the season on Monday, October 13th.

Greenbush Group Camp - Campground is open until November 23.  Reservations are required for this campground.

New Prospect Horse Camp is open and reservable through October 25.  Firewood and trail passes are available from the camp host.  Riders may also self-register for vehicle stickers and trail passes at the campground. 

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

Nature

Fall has arrived in the forest, with colors approaching 50%. Asters are blooming, staghorn sumac is turning bright red and hickory nuts are beginning to drop. We have had a few light frosts but the mosquitoes are still active.

Lakes

All boat launches in the forest are open, including the road to Mauthe Lake boat launch. The boat boarding dock at Long Lake will be removed in mid-October. See the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit lakes page for more information.

The fishing pier at Long Lake will be removed by the end of September, but the Mauthe Lake pier will remain in place all winter.

The swimming-area buoys at Mauthe Lake and Long Lake have been removed for the season but swimming is still allowed with caution. The beach houses at Long Lake are closed for the season and the Mauthe Lake beach house will close in mid-October.

Hunting

Bow deer, fall turkey, woodcock, goose and squirrel seasons are now open. About 95% of the forest is open to hunting within established open seasons (see map). Visitors are encouraged to wear brightly-colored clothing when venturing out in the forest, and hunters are encouraged to consider other forest users when pursuing game.

Deer Hunters should become familiar with several changes to the hunting regulations this year. The Northern Unit lies within 3 counties, with each county having different rules about baiting, different tag zones, and different antlerless seasons. If you have questions about what county or zone you are hunting within the forest, please contact the Forest Headquarters: 262-626-2116.

Office hours

The Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center is now open seven days a week.  Weekday hours are 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. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on holidays).

Last revised: Wednesday September 24 2014