a Wisconsin state park, forest, recreation area or trail.
Camping opportunities
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How to buy
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Get Outdoors!
to attend a nature program or event with family and friends.
Contact information
For information, contact:
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)

Amanda Kutka, 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)

Forest Headquarters
S91 W39091 Highway 59
Eagle, WI 53119

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit Current conditions

Conditions as of Wednesday, September 24, 2014:


Please call the Trail Information line for up-to-date conditions, 262-594-6202.

Remember, a state trail pass is required for anyone ages 16 and older to use the mountain bike, bridle or cross-country ski trails. No trail pass is required for hiking. A vehicle admission sticker is required in all fee use areas.

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


Sunday, October 5 - Historical Cabin Open House
Visit three historic log cabins that have been restored on their original sites in the Southern Unit. Pick up a guide at forest headquarters for driving directions to the historic cabins.

See the DNR Events Calendar for a list of events at the Southern Unit and other state parks.


Fall colors are starting to show.


All of the Forest Campgrounds are open for the season. The Ottawa Lake Contact Station is open 7 days a week for registering for the Ottawa Lake and Pinewoods Campgrounds. The Whitewater Lake Contact Station is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Self registration is required at all campgrounds when the Contact Station is not open. Click on the ‘Camping Information’ tab on the right side of the screen for more details on our campgrounds.

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.

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.

Volunteer opportunities

New signDo you want to help protect Wisconsin’s natural resources for future generations? Do you have a skill that could benefit the forest? The Southern Unit is looking for volunteers. If you are interested in being notified of opportunities, sign up for our volunteer email list by emailing Amanda Kutka or calling 262-594-6200.

Volunteer opportunities at the Southern Unit throughout the year.

  • Pull invasive garlic mustard. April to June.
  • Collect seeds from native plants. August to October.
  • Remove invasive buckthorn trees. Fall and winter.
  • Adopt-A-Trail. The forest needs trail tenders to fight invasive plants on some sections of trail, especially along:
    • Stute Springs Nature Trail
    • All loops of the Nordic skiing and hiking trail
  • Plant surveys to be completed annually to analyze the benefits of invasive plant removal (need to have strong knowledge of plant communities to complete this task).
  • Bird house monitoring.

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: Wednesday September 24 2014