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Contact information
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, Jan. 13, 2017:

Trails

Cross-country ski trails: The forest has received quite a variety of weather over the last week.  Freezing rain fell most of Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a steep drop in temperatures, creating hazardous icy conditions on the trails. Thursday’s flurries topped the ice with up to 2 inches of white fluff. Greenbush ski trail groomers were able to comb and set track, and conditions there are rated good. Zillmer trails were combed-over twice, but there’s quite a bit of debris on the Yellow and Brown trails. The Red and Green trails at Zillmer are in fair condition.

Visitors can check the website skinnyski.com [exit DNR] for the latest conditions.

Please remember, hikers, snowshoers and pets are prohibited from the Greenbush and Zillmer cross-country ski trails.

Skiers are reminded that a state trail pass is required for all skiers ages 16 and older. A vehicle admission sticker is required in all fee use areas.

Snowmobile trails: All snowmobile trails in the area are closed. Riders should remember that snowmobile trail passes are required for riding public trails. Check the website AWSC.org [exit DNR] for the latest snowmobile trail status in any county of Wisconsin.

Snowshoeing: Snowshoers are welcome anywhere in the forest except for the groomed ski trails.

Events and programs

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

  • 2017 Winter Nature Program Schedule [PDF]
  • Jan. 21: Learn to Ice Fish, 10 a.m. to Noon at Mauthe Lake.  Must pre-register by Jan. 20; call 920-533-8322.
  • Jan. 21-22: Free Fishing Weekend; No fishing licenses required, but all size and bag limits apply.
  • Jan. 28: Learn to Cross-Country Ski, 9 a.m. to Noon at the Zillmer trails. Must pre-register by Jan. 26; call 920-533-8322.
  • Feb. 4: Annual Candlelight Ski event, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Zillmer trails.

Camping

Mauthe Lake campground is open for first-come, first-served camping through winter, although only the 100s loop will be plowed. All water has been shut down, except for a drinking water spigot behind the entrance station. All campers must self-register for sites by following the instructions at the entrance bulletin board. Reservations are now being accepted for the 2017 camping season, which begins April 7, 2017. Firewood is available from an automatic dispenser, cash sales only.

Long Lake campground is closed for the season, and the beach houses are also closed. The day-use areas and boat launch will remain open through winter. Long Lake campground is taking reservations for next season, and will re open April 28, 2017.

New Prospect Horse Camp is closed for the season. Reservations are being accepted for the 2017 camping season, which begins April 28, 2017.

Greenbush Group Camp is closed for the season. Reservations are being accepted for the 2017 camping season, which begins April 28, 2017.

Backpack Shelter 6 at Zillmer is now closed for the season, and will reopen April 1, 2017.

Other Ice Age Trail Backpack Shelters remain open and reservable year-round. 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.

Lakes

Colder temperatures have brought some anglers out on the local lakes.  Please remember that ice conditions can change from place to place and from day to day. Park staff do not monitor ice conditions, thickness or safety. You must use your own judgment in deciding about venturing onto any ice. Tips on staying safe on ice.

The Long Lake fishing pier and boat boarding dock have been removed for the season. The boat launch will be open and plowed through winter.

The Mauthe Lake fishing pier will have further improvements made through the winter of 2016-2017, as will the boarding docks at Auburn Lake and Lake Seven.

Please see our lakes page for more information on fishing opportunities. The DNR does not monitor ice conditions. Always use caution when venturing out onto the ice.

Hunting

All gun deer seasons have closed, and firearms are again prohibited in Zillmer Trail area. Squirrel season closes Jan. 31, and rabbit season closes Feb. 28. Visitors might consider wearing brightly-colored clothing when venturing outside of the closed hunting areas. A limited number of blaze orange vests are available to borrow at the Ice Age Visitor Center.

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].

Office hours

The Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 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.

Last revised: Friday January 13 2017