- 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 Prange, Visitor Services
Pinewoods Campground Campers must check in at Ottawa Lake Visitor Center
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)
S91 W39091 Highway 59
Eagle, WI 53119
Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit Current conditions
Conditions as of Monday, October 21, 2013:
Trails are open in the Forest. 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.
See the DNR Events Calendar for a list of events at the Southern Unit and other state parks.
Fall color is at about 60 percent in the Southern Unit. Many maples have dropped their leaves already, but there is still more color to see. The cooler temperatures have brought in dark eyed juncos, a bird we will see hopping around under feeders all winter.
Don't move firewood!
Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.
The Ottawa Lake Campground will be open all winter. Consider trying out winter camping this year!
Currently, the flush toilets and showers are still available in the Ottawa Lake Campground. They will be shut down for the winter by the end of October. However, due to cold weather, it is possible for them to be closed sooner. Drinking water will be available on the side of the contact station once the flush toilets have been closed for the year.
The Pinewoods And Whitewater Lake campgrounds are closed for the season.
Horseriders’ campground will close November 18. The flush toilet and shower building at Horseriders’ campground is already closed for the year. There is a pit toilet and water supply located in the middle of the 500 loop.
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.
Please note: The water pump at the Highway 67 Ice Age Trail parking lot is currently broken. If you are backpacking through, do not count on it as a water source. The closest available water to shelter #1 is north, about 1.7 miles on the Ice Age Trail at the Scuppernong Hiking and Ski trail parking lot.
Beach monitoring is done for the season and will resume in summer. Under the beach monitoring program, counties test beaches up to four times a week for E.coli bacteria. Both Ottawa Lake and Whitewater Lake beaches are tested and results are published.
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.
Do 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 e-mailing Amanda, or call 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.
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).