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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, Oct. 10, 2016:


The bridle trails have reopened. Several wet portions remain, but staff are hopeful for a long dry spell to further improve conditions.

The fall colors are over 50 percent and are approaching peak. If the weather holds, this coming weekend would be great timing to view the beautiful fall scenery in the forest.

Remember, a state trail pass is required for all skiers, mountain bikers and horseback riders ages 16 and older. A vehicle admission sticker is required in all fee use areas.

Events and programs

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

Join us for our annual Halloween Nature Hikes, Friday and Saturday (Oct. 14-15) from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Mauthe Lake Recreation Area will host this special event of hour-long hikes to meet our “Marvelous Mammals”. This is a non-scary program  suitable for ages 5 and older. Before or after the hikes, enjoy snacking by the campfire, playing games or making a craft to take home.


Mauthe Lake campground is open year-round, and reservable through Oct. 29. The entrance station will be open and staffed Fridays through Sundays until Oct. 30.  Self-registration is available for first-come, first-served sites by following the instructions at the entrance bulletin board. Self-registered sites must be occupied each night and cannot be paid in advance. The water and showers will remain on until freezing weather sets in, typically around late October.

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 open and reservable through Oct. 29.

Greenbush Group Camp is open and reservable through Nov. 19.

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 Long Lake fishing pier has been removed for the season. The boat boarding dock will remain in place until Oct. 16, and the launch itself will remain open through winter.

The Mauthe Lake boat launch road has reopened. The 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, 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.


Turkey, squirrel, crow, woodcock and bow deer seasons are all open. Waterfowl season is closed this week, but will re-open on Saturday, Oct. 15. Saturday, Oct. 15 is also the opener for pheasant, grouse and rabbit season. Visitors should consider wearing brightly-colored clothing when venturing outside of the closed 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 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.

Last revised: Monday October 10 2016