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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


All forest trails are open and in good condition, including the Tamarack Trail around Mauthe Lake.   A recent law change now allows firearm hunting in the Zillmer Trail area.

Events and programs

See the DNR Events Calendar for a list of all events at Kettle Moraine North and other state park properties.


Mauthe Lake and Long Lake campground offices are open Fridays 1-8 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Self-registration is available on any green-posted site by following the instructions at the entrance bulletin boards. Mauthe Lake 500s loop will close Oct. 30, but the remainder of the campground will be open through winter. Long Lake campground will close Oct. 10 (after Columbus Day weekend).

New Prospect Horse Camp is open and reservable through Oct. 29. Campsites will be available first-come, first-served Oct. 29 through Nov. 18, when the campground closes for the season. 

Greenbush Group Camp is open and reservable through Nov. 19. The campground closes for the season on Nov. 20.

Backpack Shelter camping at Zillmer and the Ice Age Trail is very popular, especially on weekends. Advanced planning and reservations are strongly recommended.  See the Backpack Shelter Guide [PDF] for information, water sources and reservations.

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.


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 [PDF].

Small Game hunting season is currently open, and we recommend forest visitors wear brightly-colored clothing when venturing into open hunting lands (including the Zillmer Trail and most loop trail systems). A limited number of blaze-orange vests are available to borrow from the Ice Age Visitor Center. The Youth Gun-Deer hunt is Oct. 7-8, and the regular Gun-Deer season is November 18-26.


The Mauthe Lake boat launch is now dry and accessible. The launch and fishing pier will be open through winter.

The new Long Lake boat boarding dock will now be available year-round. The fishing pier will be removed after Columbus Day weekend.

Please see our lakes page for more information on fishing opportunities.

More information

The Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A vehicle admission sticker is required in all fee use areas.

The Forest Headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Last revised: Thursday September 28 2017