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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 Tuesday, November 25, 2014:

Trails

Warm temperatures and rain over the last weekend were followed by up to 4" of wet, heavy snow. With the mix of snow, ice and mud, hikers should use caution due to slippery conditions, and travel by bike or horse is not recommended. Colder temperatures in the forecast should firm up the ground and stabilize conditions in the next few days. Staff will be watching the weather, with an eye for ski trail grooming opportunities after the holiday weekend.

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

Events and programs

Camping

Mauthe Lake Campground - The tepee has been taken down and the 500 loop has been closed for the season. The 100-400 campsites remain open for first-come, first-served camping; however only the 100 loop will be plowed. The entrance station is also closed for the season, but self-registration is allowed on available campsites by following the instructions at the entrance station bulletin board. Flush toilets and showers have been shut down, but drinking water is available year-round behind the entrance station. Firewood may be purchased from any local vendor within 10 miles, including Zahn's Trading Post (New Prospect) and Dins Mini Mart (Dundee).

Long Lake Campground - has closed for the season and will reopen May 1st, 2015. Reservations are now being accepted with ReserveAmerica.

Greenbush Group Camp - is closed for the season, and will reopen May 1st 2015. Reservations are required in this campground

New Prospect Horse Camp is closed for the season, and will reopen May 1st 2015.

Backpack Shelters: Shelters 1-5 on the Ice Age Trail are open and reservable year-round. Shelter 6 on the Zillmer Trail is closed for the winter, but is reservable from April through November.

Nature

Most of the trees are now bare, providing great opportunities to view the glacial kames, kettles and eskers throughout the forest. Some of the lakes are sporting a thin skin of ice, and the latest snow has made for better late-week deer hunting conditions.

Lakes

All boat launches in the forest are open, including the road to Mauthe Lake boat launch. Launch fees are not required in the forest, but some areas will require a state park sticker. Please see our lakes page for more information.

The fishing pier and boat boarding dock at Long Lake have been removed for the season.

Hunting

About 95% of the forest is open to hunting within established open seasons (see map). Visitors are encouraged to wear brightly-colored clothing when venturing out in the forest and hunters are encouraged to consider other forest users when pursuing game.

The Zillmer Trail area is open for bow hunting only, until November 22nd. In addition, the Tamarack and Summit trails are entirely within refuges and not open to hunting. For your convenience, the Ice Age Visitors Center has a limited number of orange vests for loan.

Deer Hunters should become familiar with several changes to the hunting regulations this year. The Northern Unit lies within 3 counties, with each county having different rules about baiting, different tag zones and different antlerless seasons. If you have questions about what county or zone you are hunting within the forest, please contact the Forest Headquarters: 262-626-2116.

Office hours

The Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center is open Wednesdays-Fridays 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Forest Headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on holidays).

Last revised: Tuesday November 25 2014