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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

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.

Hunting

Most areas of the Southern Unit are open to hunting. See hunting map [PDF]. Blaze orange or other bright colors are recommended for all users. You may borrow or purchase a blaze orange vest from most forest offices.

2017 Gun Deer Seasons:

  • Nov. 18 to Dec. 10
  • Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 (Waukesha County portions of forest)

Hiking trails within the Southern Unit that are closed to hunting include (pets not allowed):

  • Paradise Springs Nature Trail - 0.5-mile, paved
  • Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail – 1.5 miles
  • Rice Lake Nature Trail – 1 mile

Other nearby properties/trails without hunting:

Campgrounds

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

All other campgrounds are closed for the season.

Water fountains, flush toilets and showers are closed for the season. 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.

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: Monday November 20 2017