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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 Thursday, August 25, 2016:


The forest received over 2 inches of rain on the weekend of August 19-20, and the horse trails were temporarily closed.  As of August 25, all trails are again open; however horse riders will still find some muddy stretches, as will hikers on the Tamarack Trail around Mauthe Lake.  Logging operations continue in the Zillmer Trail area, but are expected to complete cutting within another week.  The trails remain open, but be aware there will be noise and heavy equipment nearby.  Horse flies and mosquitos are still present throughout, but have been generally less active.  A few random trees have begun to sport some red and orange hues, and the squirrels are starting in on their fall hickory nut feast.

Remember, a state trail pass is required for all skiers, mountain bikers and horseback riders ages 16 and older. A vehicle admission sticker is required in all fee use areas.

Events and programs

See the DNR Events Calendar for a list of all events at Kettle Moraine North and other state park properties.


All campgrounds are open, and the entrance stations at Mauthe and Long Lakes are now open 7 days a week. Self-registration on our first-come, first-served sites is available after the booths close until 11 p.m. by following the instructions at the entrance bulletin board. Self-registration is not allowed from 11 p.m. to 10 a.m. to avoid double-bookings. For horse camping, please contact the Forest Headquarters or see the Horse Camp Host regarding the status of possible openings.

Backpack Shelters: All six of our backpack shelters are open and reservable for camping.  Backpack camping on the Ice Age Trail and Zillmer trails is very popular and reservations are strongly recommended, especially for weekend camping. 

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.


The Mauthe Lake fishing pier and boat boarding dock were repaired over the winter and have been re-installed. The fishing pier will have further improvements made over the winter of 2016-17. The boat launch is now open.

The Crooked Lake boat boarding dock has also been repaired and rebuilt over the winter, and is ready to go for the season. The Auburn Lake and Lake Seven boarding docks are scheduled for repair over the winter of 2016-17. 

Please see our lakes page for more information on fishing, boating and other recreational opportunities.

Be aware of local wake ordinances and motor restrictions before heading out on the water. Please call ahead if you have any questions.


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].

Office hours

The Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center is open seven days a week:  Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Weekends  9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Forest Headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Last revised: Thursday August 25 2016