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Forest Headquarters

S91 W39091 Highway 59
Eagle, WI 53119

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 Monday, Feb. 13, 2017:


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


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

Cross-country Skiing: The cross-country ski trails are currently not skiable.

Please remember, hikers, snowshoers and pets are not allowed on the groomed ski trails.

Hiking: All hiking trails are icy. Spikes or other gripping soles are strongly recommended.

Hikers should use the Ice Age, John Muir, Emma Carlin or nature trails. Most of the Southern Unit is open to hunting. There is currently only a few small game seasons open, so hunting pressure is low. Hiking trails within the Southern Unit that are closed to hunting (no pets allowed):

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

Other nearby trails:

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


Please note: Due to the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer, many trees within the Ottawa Lake Campground have been removed. Unfortunately this has reduced the amount of shade available on some campsites. Staff will be updating campsite photos on the reservation website this spring.

Ottawa Lake campground and the Ice Age Trail backpack shelters are open year-round. Drinking water will still be available at a spigot on the side of the contact station at Ottawa Lake. The only bathroom that will be available is the vault toilet near site #359.

The Pinewoods, Horseriders’ and Whitewater Lake campgrounds are closed for the season.

Opening days for campgrounds (weather permitting):

  • Pinewoods Group sites - April 1
  • Horseriders’ Campground - April 1
  • Pinewoods Family sites - May 1
  • Whitewater Lake Family sites - May 19
  • Hickory Woods Group sites - May 19

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.

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 February 13 2017