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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, November 9, 2015:


The forest trails are all in good condition and the horse and mountain bike trails will be open at least through the end of November. Riders are encouraged to stay off the trails within 24 hours of heavy rains, to prevent long-term damage. Riders and hikers should be aware of local hunting seasons and consider wearing bright colors when out on the trails.

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


The fishing pier and boat boarding dock at Long Lake have been removed and the beach houses at both Mauthe Lake and Long Lake are closed for the season. The boat launches at both locations are open and will be maintained through winter for ice fishing.

Please see our lakes page for more information on fishing, boating and other recreational opportunities.


Mauthe Lake Campground. Sites are no longer reservable for 2015 camping, but the 100-400 loop sites are available first-come, first-served through winter. Campers should follow the instructions at the entrance station bulletin board (cash or check payments only). All showers and flush toilets have been shut down, but drinking water is available all winter from the spigot behind the entrance station. Sites are now reservable for 2016 camping dates beginning April 8th.

Long Lake Campground has closed for the season. The campground will reopen and sites are reservable beginning April 29, 2016.

Greenbush Group Camp is open through Nov. 22, for groups up to 40 persons/site. Reservations are required for this campground.

New Prospect Horse Camp sites are no longer reservable this year, but are open first-come, first-served through November 15th. Water will remain available through that time. Campers should follow the instructions at the bulletin board. The 2016 season opens and sites are reservable beginning April 29th.

Backpack Shelters: Shelters 1-5 on the Ice Age Trail are open and reservable year-round. Shelter 6 on the Zillmer Trail is now also open for the season, and reservable through November. Backpack shelter sites are very popular on weekends, and we suggest planning your backpack camping trip early.

Events and programs


About 95 percent of the forest is open to hunting during established open seasons while the Tamarack & 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.

Office hours

The Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center is open Wednesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitor Center is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as Thanksgiving week (Nov. 23-27).

The Forest Headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but will be closed November 26 (Thanksgiving) and November 27.

Last revised: Monday November 09 2015