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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

Paradise Springs Pond and Nature Trail: The Paradise Springs Pond and Nature Trail will be closed until at least the end of October while DNR staff complete restoration work on the pond.

Alternatively, visitors can hike the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail, on Hwy. ZZ, just west of Hwy. 67, across from the Ottawa Lake Campground. This 1.5-mile trail goes through a sand prairie, woods, and on boardwalks around several springs. 

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 campgrounds are open for the season. Closing dates for fall 2017 are:

  • Whitewater Lake Campground - closed for the season
  • Hickory Woods Group sites - closed for the season
  • Pinewoods Family Campground – October 15
  • Pinewoods Group sites – November 12
  • Horseriders’ Campground – November 1

Water fountains, flush toilets and showers will close down in mid-October. The time for closing facilities is weather dependent, to prevent pipes from freezing. Exact dates are not known until that week. Most years, the toilets and showers at Pinewoods remain on until the family campground closes for the season.

Once the flush toilets are closed at Ottawa Lake, the only restroom available is the vault toilet near site #359. The dump station can be used to dump, but there will not be rinse water available. There is a water spigot on the south side of the contact station to fill jugs. You may be able to fill the tank in your camper/RV, but you will likely need more than a 25-foot hose.

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

Reservations for Ottawa Lake are not accepted from Nov. 1 to March 31.  All sites are first-come, first-served during this time and seldom fill up.

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.

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. Reservations must be made by calling Reserve America at 888-947-2757. You cannot make reservations for backpack shelters online.  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.

Events

See the DNR Events Calendar for a list of all the events at the Southern Unit.

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 at the free museum.

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: Tuesday October 17 2017