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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 Wednesday, October 15, 2014:

Alert: Highway 28 in Kewaskum is closed to all through-traffic until fall. Visitors and campers coming to the forest from the south via Highway 45 should follow the Highway 67 detour, seven miles north of Kewaskum. Please contact the Forest Headquarters or Ice Age Visitor Center if you have any questions or need further direction.

Trails

The horse and mountain bike trails are open, but riders should use caution due to leaf litter and wet conditions. We ask that riders refrain from using the trails within 12 hrs of a rain event, to prevent long-term damage. The summer flooding has left a few muddy stretches on the Tamarack Nature trail, but the hiking trails in general are in great shape. The New Fane and Zillmer trails have been recently mowed and the Bridle and Greenbush trails will be mowed one more time this fall to prepare for winter ski and snowmobile season.

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

Halloween Nature Hikes: October 17 and 18, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Long Lake Recreation Area. Come join us for a torch-lit hike, as we explore predator versus prey relationships. This is not a scary hike and is best for those over five years of age. Guided, hour-long hikes leave every six minutes until 8:30 p.m. Before or after your hike, enjoy playing fun-filled games, making a craft to take home or snacking by the glow of a campfire. The event is free, but a State Park Sticker is required.

Camping

Mauthe Lake Campground - The tepee has been taken down for the season, but the remainder of the campground is reservable through October 25th. The 100-400 campsites will be available for first-come, first-served camping through winter. Flush toilets and showers will remain open until freezing weather sets in, approximately November 3rd. The entrance station is open Fridays 1-8pm and weekends 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Self-registration is allowed on any open campsite, by following the instructions at the entrance station bulletin boards. Firewood will only be sold in the campground when the entrance station is open, but may be purchased from any local vendor within 10 miles. These include Parkview General Store (outside Mauthe Lk), 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 - Campground is open until November 23.  Reservations are required for this campground.

New Prospect Horse Camp is open and reservable through October 25.  Firewood and trail passes are available from the camp host.  Riders may also self-register for vehicle stickers and trail passes at the campground. 

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

Nature

Peak colors have arrived this week. Rain and wind have been driving down some of the leaves, but there will still be plenty of color and beautiful conditions along and trails and Scenic Drive this coming weekend. A few moderate frosts have driven down the bug population and mosquitos are minimal. Geese, blackbirds and robins have been flocking up in preparation for travels south.

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 at Long Lake has been removed for the season and the boat boarding dock will be taken out late October or early November.

The swimming-area buoys at Mauthe Lake and Long Lake have been removed for the season, but swimming is still allowed with caution. The beach houses at Long Lake are closed for the season and the Mauthe Lake beach house will close approximately October 20th.

Hunting

Bow deer, fall turkey, woodcock, goose and squirrel seasons are now open. 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 now open seven days a week.  Weekday hours are 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: Wednesday October 15 2014