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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 29, 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 Bridle, Greenbush, New Fane and Zillmer trails have been recently mowed to prepare for the 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

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. 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 will remain open until freezing weather sets in, approximately November 3rd. 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 - Campground is open until November 23.  Reservations are required for this campground.

New Prospect Horse Camp is open for first-come, first-served camping through mid-November. Riders must self-register for camping, vehicle stickers and trail passes near the bulletin board. Firewood may be purchased from any local vendor within 10 miles, including Zahn's Trading Post (New Prospect), and Dins Mini Mart (Dundee).

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

Most of the trees are now bare, providing great opportunities to view the glacial kames, kettles and eskers throughout the forest. Geese are congregating in the fields and a few turkey vultures are still hanging around, but most summer birds have already left the area for more southerly locations. Now is a great time to get in those last fall hikes, or horseback & bike rides, before the snow and cold temperatures set in.

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: Wednesday October 29 2014