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Contact information
For information, contact:
Mailing address:
Forest Headquarters

S91 W39091 Highway 59
Eagle, WI 53119
262-594-6200

Ottawa Lake Visitor Center and Campground
Camping Open All Year
S59 W36530 County ZZ
Dousman, WI 53118
262-594-6220 (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Rebecca Peiffer, Visitor Services

Pinewoods Campground Campers must check in at Ottawa Lake Visitor Center

Horserider’s Campground
W830 Little Prairie Rd.
Palmyra, WI 53156

Whitewater Lake Visitor Center and Campground
W7796 Kettle Moraine Drive
Whitewater, WI 53190
262-473-7501 (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit Current conditions

Conditions as of Friday, July 1, 2016:

Road construction: Visitors will experience a short detour at I-94 and Hwy 67.  Traffic will be instructed to use the CTH P (Sawyer Road) exit ramp (about 1 mile east of Hwy 67), the detour will guide motorist south on CTH P to CTH DR (Delafield Rd), then west on CTH DR to Hwy 67. Visitors will then be able to go south on Hwy 67.  If you are approaching Hwy 67 from the west (Madison area), this detour will be shorter and easier than getting off I-94 at one exit prior to Hwy 67. This detour is expected to last until late July.

Attention: A dam that formed the trout pond at Paradise Springs has failed and the pond has drained. DNR dam safety staff inspected the structure and determined significant repairs or replacement of the structure is needed to refill the pond. DNR staff will continue to evaluate options for the dam, including temporary repair, replacement or abandonment.

Events

For more information, see the DNR Events Calendar for a list of all the events at the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit.

Trails

For the most up-to-date information, call the Trail Information Line, 262-594-6202 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Pets, as long as they are on a leash 8 feet or shorter, are welcome on hiking trails with the exception of nature trails.

Campgrounds

Ottawa Lake campground and the Ice Age Trail backpack shelters are open year-round.

All other Southern Unit campgrounds are open for the year.

Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

Reservations are strongly recommended for dates May through October. Camping reservations for outdoor campsites can be made online or by calling 888-947-2757.

The Ice Age Trail has three backpack shelters open year-round. A camping permit is required and you must camp at a designated shelter campsite. We allow one camping party, maximum of 10 people per shelter per night. Everything is backpacked in and out. Reservations are strongly recommended for backpack shelter camping on weekends. If you do not have a reservation, we recommend calling ahead to determine availability for first-come, first-served backpack shelter camping. For more information, call 262-594-6200.

Hunting

About 95 percent of the state forest is open to public hunting during established open seasons. Some seasons may be subject to change. Consult the Wisconsin Hunting and Trapping Regulations before going hunting. Target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the forest, except at the McMiller Shooting Range.

Office hours

The forest headquarters, museum and trading post is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office phone number is 262-594-6200. Stop by and learn about our glacial and cultural heritage.

For the most up-to-date information, call the Trail Information Line, 262-594-6202 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Last revised: Friday July 01 2016