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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, May 22, 2017:


Horse Trails: Riders are advised to use caution, as trails may have some wet and muddy stretches.

Mountain Bike Trails: The mountain bike trails are open as long as riders refrain from using them within 12 hours of significant rain to allow the trails time to dry.

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 office is open on weekends and all campground loops are reservable. First-come, first-served campers are still welcome to self-register for any green-posted site, by following the instructions at the entrance bulletin board. Drinking water is available behind the entrance station, and the showers and flush toilets are open. Firewood is available from an automatic dispenser, cash sales only.

Long Lake campground is open for the season, and the entrance station will be open Fridays and Saturdays as staffing allows. First-come, first-served campers are still welcome to self-register for any green-posted site, by following the instructions at the entrance bulletin board. The flush toilets, shower buildings and dump station are open as well.

New Prospect Horse Camp and Greenbush Group Camp are open and reservable.

Backpack Shelter camping at Zillmer and the Ice Age Trail has been very popular this spring, 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.


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.


Spring turkey season opens April 19 and continues through May 30, including the Zillmer Trail area. Visitors are advised to wear brightly-colored clothing when venturing off-trail or out into public hunting areas.

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 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: Monday May 22 2017