- 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 Monday, Sept. 26, 2016:
Horse Trails Notice: The horse trails in the forest remain closed. Rain received over the weekend of Sept. 24-25 added to already saturated conditions, and there is standing water on some trail sections. Staff will monitor trail conditions and weather, and updates will be posted on this website and office phone. For updated trail conditions, visitors can call the forest office at 262-626-2116.
Mountain bikers are asked to refrain from riding the trails at least 24 hours after each rain event to allow time for the trails to stabilize and prevent long-term damage.
Logging operations have been suspended due to wet soils, and portions of the Tamarack Trail remain under water.
The first fall colors are beginning to appear, and can be found throughout the forest. A recent hatch of late-season mosquitoes has become a nuisance in some areas.
Events and programs
See the DNR Events Calendar for a list of all events at Kettle Moraine North and other state park properties.
All campgrounds are open and reservable, with the exception of the 800s loop at Long Lake. However the entrance stations are now open Friday-Sunday only. Self-registration is available on the first-come, first-served sites by following the instructions at the entrance bulletin boards. Self-registered sites must be occupied each night, and cannot be paid in advance. For horse camping, please contact the Forest Headquarters or see the Horse Camp Host regarding possible last-minute openings.
Backpack Shelters: All six of our backpack shelters are open and reservable for camping. Backpack camping on the Ice Age Trail and Zillmer trails is very popular and reservations are strongly recommended, especially for weekend camping.
A reminder that open-land camping is not allowed in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. All overnight visitors must be registered and stay on a campsite.
The Mauthe Lake boat landing is flooded, and closed to vehicular traffic until further notice.
The fishing pier will have further improvements made over the winter of 2016-17.
The Crooked Lake boat boarding dock has also been repaired and rebuilt over the winter, and is ready to go for the season. The Auburn Lake and Lake Seven boarding docks are scheduled for repair over the winter of 2016-17.
Please see our lakes page for more information on fishing, boating and other recreational opportunities.
Be aware of local wake ordinances and motor restrictions before heading out on the water. Please call ahead if you have any questions.
Goose, turkey, squirrel, crow, woodcock, and bow deer seasons are all open. From now through the end of 2016, a hunting will be open in the forest. Visitors should consider wearing brightly-colored clothing when venturing outside of the closed areas.
About 95 percent of the forest is open to hunting during established open seasons while the Tamarack and 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. Hunting map.
The Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Weekends 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Forest Headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.