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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 Wednesday, March 29, 2017:


Rain and warmer temperatures have left the trails partially bare and soft, and we are allowing pedestrians on the ski trails.

The mountain bike trails and the horse trails remain closed until further notice. 

The cranes, turkey vultures, robins and other spring birds have returned, and the forecast may provide an opportunity to get out and enjoy a nice spring weekend the forest. 

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 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.


Anglers and boaters will notice recent work done to the Lake Seven, Auburn and Long Lake boat boarding docks, and the Mauthe Lake fishing pier. Contractors were able to beat the weather and complete repairs on these structures, and they are ready to go for the new season.

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


All gun deer seasons have closed, and firearms are again prohibited in Zillmer Trail area. 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].

More information

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. 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: Wednesday March 29 2017